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Contributor post by Danielle at Korker Krazy
It would seem at first glance that a stacked ribbon spikes hair-bow would be as straight-forward as they come, right? Well, if you have attempted it, you may have found that the result was a flat and floppy disappointment. It turns out, there IS a trick to making these adorable bows look perky and fun – folding the ribbons first!
Step 1: Cut seven 4″ pieces of ribbon. I cut three pieces of my main print and two pieces of my other two prints.
Step 2: Make a v-cut on each ribbon end. Fold your ribbon in half – the open ends facing to the right. Then fold the ribbon in half again, facing up. Line up the ribbon ends and cut an angle. Unfold your ribbon and heat seal the ends.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 for all seven pieces of ribbon. Heat seal all ribbon ends. Line your ribbon up in the pattern you want for your bow. Thread your needle with your upholstery thread.
Step 4: Find the center of your first ribbon, fold it up in the center.
Step 5: Thread your needle through the center. Repeat with your next ribbon.
Step 6: Continue adding each piece of ribbon onto the needle – try to keep them all on the needle. You can use an alligator clip to pinch them together on one side so they fit on the needle better.
Step 7: After all seven ribbon pieces are on the needle, thread your needle through the center twice. Then wrap your thread around the center and tie off in the back.
Step 8: Adjust your spikes. Pull them gently so they are lined up next to each other, without much overlapping.
Step 9: Line your alligator clip and glue it to the back of the bow.
Step 10: Wrap your 3/8″ ribbon around the center. Glue one end to the back of the clip, wrap it around the front center of the bow and glue it back down on the clip.
You’re all finished! How cute are these? I love them! My daughter loves them! She says she can’t even feel them in her hair – which is a good thing because she will leave them in! I plan on making more of these in all different patterns. I’m thinking football next – Go Bengals!