Easy Spike Bow: Fast, Easy and perfect for beginner bow makers!
Like most of the bow makers out there I started making my own bows because it was getting very expensive to buy all the bows I loved so much. I started with staple colors and have added accent ribbon to my collection as I come across sales, discount, and clearance ribbon. Now I can make unique custom bows for any occasion.
I began my bow making with easy bows, like this spike bow, and got more complex as time went on. I recommend this route so you do not get frustrated and quit before you start.
- Needle and Tread
- 1 Fabric covered alligator clip
- Glue gun
- 7 4inch ribbon pieces (7/8-1 inch work best)
- *I used 3 pieces of my main print, 2 each of my accent colors)
- 1 2 inch piece of 3/8 inch ribbon
1. Using and alligator clip for an edge marker, cut all 7 pieces on both ends to make the ends look like the end of an arrow (see photo)
2. Use the lighter to heat the edges just enough to keep the ribbon from fraying. We do not want the ribbon to catch fire! Just enough heat to melt the edges a little.
3. Pinch the first piece of ribbon in half directly in the center of the ribbon
4. Using the needle and thread, run the needle through the middle of your first piece of ribbon, BUT only until the needle is halfway through (see photo for reference).
5. Repeat step 3 & 4 with each remaining piece of ribbon.
6. When all pieces are on the needle thread the needle through two times and then wrap the remaining thread around until there is just enough to tie a knot.
7. Next using a hot glue gun place a strip of glue on the 3/8 inch ribbon and wrap it over the thread.
8. Time to attach the alligator clip. Using the hot glue gun put a strip of glue on the top of the fabric covered alligator clip and attach to the center of the back of the bow. If you are not making your own fabric covered alligator clip I like these clips available on amazon (I like these below):
This easy spike bow has so many options as far as color combintions go. You can use all different colors, all the same colors, and everywhere in between.