How to tie the perfect bow in gift wrapping

One of the most asked questions I get asked on our gift wrapping workshops is “How do you tie the perfect bow?”.  We all have our own way of tying a shoelace or a bow and through my experience of teaching gift wrapping, I’ve found it’s very hard to change your technique after tying the same bow all of your life

tying a bow

I did a day skipper sailing course several years ago and thought the knot tying part would be so easy.  To my horror I failed my knot exams and was all fingers and thumbs. Although I had to resit the exam, it gave me food for thought and made me realise that many people will struggle to tie the perfect bow.

 

I have seen so many ways of tying a bow and my advice is to use the same technique that you’ve used all of your life with a couple of changes that will help you enormously.  Many of us tie a loop at a time, however some will form 2 loops and tie them together (known as the bunny ears).  During my workshops I have seen many different techniques and everyone can tie the perfect bow.

the perfect bow

The ideal bow should resemble a perfect angled letter ‘X’ so it is a good idea to imagine this X and follow the outline as you are tying your bow.  The 2 loops should be at 10 and 2 o’clock and the 2 tails should sit at 8 and 4 o’clock.

ribbon bow

The critical point is the part just before you pull the bow tight. Take a pause and look at the outline of your bow.  This will give you a chance to re arrange the bow so the loops and tails are in the correct position. If your bow looks messy or out of proportion, if you rush ahead and pull the bow tight it will still look a mess and out of proportion.

Turquoise ribbon

Another helping hand is to choose a double sided ribbon that has the same finish on both sides. Many of my students say that tying a wired ribbon is a lot easier. If you are working with a printed ribbon like this turquoise spotty design, ensure that you twist the ribbon to the correct side as you tie your bow.

For lots more bow techniques and gift wrapping projects, grab a signed copy of my new book ‘giftwrapped

Happy bow tying!

 

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Making a Pom Pom with Bakers Twine

Have a go at this fun and easy to do Pom Pom gift wrapping.  All you need is your wrapped gift and a roll of Bakers Twine.

Pom Pom Decoration

I love the fresh texture of Bakers Twine and I am often asked how I use it in my gift wrapping projects.

Bakers Twine Roll

This easy step by step idea shows you how to wrap a present, and finish it with an eye catching Pom Pom.

Bakers Twine

Wind somer Bakers Twine around the gift several times, ensuring the two ends overlap before cutting.

Bakers Twine project

Tie the two ends together in the centre of the gift.  You will then need to get a clean fork ready for the next part.

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With your role of Baker’s twine wrap it around your fork several times (I did 10)
Tie the two ends around the centre so the twine resembles a bow tie.

Bakers Twine craft

Cut both sides and tease the twine so it resembles a pom-pom. The two ends can then be cut down to the same length as the pom pom strands.  Tie your pom pom in to the centre of the gift with the loose ends.

Bakers Twine ball

This wrapping is great for kids and suitable for men too.  You could also make several and have a strip of them along your gift.

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This project  can also be done with garden string or narrow ribbon, and loose pom poms can also be glued on to gift tags…Have fun!

 

Advanced Gift Wrapping

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