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Posted by on Jan 31, 2010 in Cardmaking 101, Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 15 comments

Sketch Challenge #2, Ribbon Tutorial

Sketch Challenge #2, Ribbon Tutorial

Cardmaking 101: Ribbon Tying
To help with this week’s sketch, here’s one method for tying a bow, courtesy of Wikihow!

The “one loop” method that most people use with shoelaces doesn’t produce the most symmetrical bow when used with ribbon. But, with a little tweaking of your technique, you will learn how to perfect making a bow using ribbon.

STEP 1 – Cross the two ends of the ribbon and loop one end under. Do this the same way as when you start to tie your shoes.

STEP 2 – Make one side of the ribbon into a loop. If you are tying a ribbon, make sure that it doesn’t twist.

STEP 3 – Make the other side of the ribbon into an identical loop.

STEP 4 – Cross the two loops and pull the loop on top through the hole that exists between the two loops.  This is the same motion you made in step 1.

STEP 5 – Pull tightly.  The bow will look messy at this point.

STEP 6 – Adjust the loops.  Loosen the ends of the bow and keep adjusting until the loops sit evenly.


  1. It's neat to see everyone's cards scrolling through like that… we all have different ideas for the same simple sketch!
    I found another way to tie a 'bow' painlessly on somebody's blog ages ago – take a piece of ribbon and start to tie a knot in the middle. Slide a shorter piece of ribbon through the knot and pull it tight. Voila, you have a knotted ribbon that you can use on your card without the mess of trying to get it in the right place.

  2. Such an wonderful array of cards!!! It's so cool to see how from a single sketch we all create something unique!!! Way to go!!!

  3. This is a beautiful sketch. I love the card that was made with it in the post. I am looking forward to giving it a try!

  4. Beautiful cards and another great sketch. Can't wait to get started, thanks for the bow tutorial too!

  5. A really nice simple sketch xx

    I'll try and explain how I do my bows. I was shown it by a fellow crafter so won't take any of the credit.

    Punch a hole in your card where ever you would like the bow to be. Take a length of ribbon and thread it through from the back to the front & leave a length of about 2" at the front. Take the longer length at the back around the back of the card towards the edge, then take it straight across the front of the card, going across the hole and then wrap it around the back and bring it back up through the hole. Making sure the two ends are either side of the passing ribbon, tie a knot or a bow whichever is your preference.

    Hope I've explained it okay

  6. I saw a super easy way to tie fake bows from youtube. You wrap a length of ribbon around your card and secure it. Then take a shorter length and just tie knot around the original ribbon. You don't get loops, but I think it looks nice still.

  7. I've added mine! It was tricky to get the bow wrapped around the printed paper without messing it up, but I did it.

  8. Oh brother! I thought I had this Mr Linky thing down but I don't. I put the wrong name in the link and then found I had put both links in the wrong post. My apologies!! I can't figure out how to delete my links. Anyone know?

  9. Don't stress Martha – I can fix links when I export the participants to post it back into the email permanently (since mister linky times out).


  10. Awesome fun – I am loving these sketch challenges! I have posted my cards for Sketch #2! Wow- thanks Karen for the awesome sketch! That one was fun!

  11. Thanks for the sketch challenge #2!

  12. I had a lot of fun making a card from sketch 2! I posted it on my blog for everyone to see! Thanks so much

  13. YAY me! I finished the 2nd challenge before the 3rd is posted!

  14. Wendy, I'm right behind you! Done!

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