How I Learned to Tie the Perfect Bow

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How I Learned to Tie the Perfect Bow

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, all you fabulous ribbon lovers!  I’m back with another project featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I fell hard for the December Ribbon Club Assortment.  Those Winter Blues had my fingers itching to make a winter wonderland card.  Check it out:

Monthly Ribbon Club, Domestic

Is this ribbon yummy, or what?  Here’s what I made with the white delicate stitched satin and white sheer stitched center ribbons.

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These ribbons were absolutely the perfect pairing for the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet papers.

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They were also really easy to work with. 

Aaaaand…now it’s time for a true confession.  I treated myself to an early Christmas present.  I purchased the Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  I really struggle with making perfect bows.  After watching Bonnie’s You-Tube tutorials I found myself really wanting this tool. 

I have a long and sad history when it comes to tying bows.  I mightily to learn how to tie my shoes.  (My mother: “They won’t let you into 1st grade if you can’t tie your own sneakers.” Me:  “Waaaaaaah.  I wanna go to school but I can’t do it.It’s too hard.”  

Then fast forward to high school: My Mother:  “You are not going out of this house with that bow tied like that.”  Me: “You tie it.” Mom: “Not on your life. Anyone as smart as you are can certainly learn how to tie a bow.” 

Fast forward to me as a married woman (she blushes with shame) My Mother:  “I can’t believe you still can’t tie a bow.  That is inexcusable.” Me: No response.  I had given up.

So, you can see why a product that promises perfect bows would appeal to me.  And you know what?  It works.  For real.  My days of needing remedial help in the bow tying arena are over.  Check out this triple loop bow I tied with the help of my new best friend:

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(She beams with satisfaction.)

I know my mother is resting easier in Heaven, knowing that her ne’er tie well daughter can now create a perfect bow.  Not just any bow…a triple loop bow.  An era of shame has ended and now I can tie bows with the best of them!  I’m working on mastering the two tiered bow now.  Not even Mom could do that.  Thank you Zutter Bow-it-All and Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

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Here’s a peek at the inside:

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This is a great all-purpose winter card…good for a winter birthday or a Christmas card.  I love versatility.

And that’s it for me today, folks.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you were inspired, maybe got a chuckle from my tale of bow tying woe.  I’d love to hear from you.  Do you struggle with tying the perfect bow, or have you been a perfect bow tie-er since birth?  I told you how I learned to tie the perfect bow…how did you learn?  Leave me a comment…it’ll make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty (and perfect bow-tying) little fingers. 

Until next time,



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9 thoughts on “How I Learned to Tie the Perfect Bow

  1. Dianne Pol

    What a great tool! I did something similar, but my pegs were little girl fingers. (Although they may not stay still for long!)

  2. Rozy Smith

    Kathy, beautiful as always! Graphics 45 is the ticket for that beautiful look! I have that Zutter Bow-It-All, don’t know if it is because I am left-handed or what, but it struggle with the instructions! I need to sit down and master that bow maker! Thanks for the incentive. Give Dale our best from Southern Oregon! Merry Christmas to a new found friend,

  3. Linda Rahman

    A former co-worker showed me how to make bows but they never were as pretty as hers. LOVE your card, gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope your husband is doing great. A special Christmas for you! Linda

  4. carol edwards

    Hi Kathy, love the.bow and love the card, will check out how it’s done. I am okay with single bows but that,s it

  5. candycolwell

    Kathy…your story of bow tying or lack of it over the years was so funny! I’ve not checked out the bow it all tool but will look into that. 🙂 Your card is absolutely beautiful. Love your design and your use of that perfect white bow on the front of your darling card. That assortment of blue ribbons is so pretty and you’re right…perfect for the G45 papers you chose. Have a wonderful Christmas! <3 Candy

  6. Birgit

    Your card is very sweet and I’m so glad I’m not alone in the boat of “can’t-tie-a-bow”. I’ve thought about the bow maker… perhaps after the holiday bills are paid off.

  7. Darlene Pavlick

    BEAUTIFUL creation and yes … PERFECTLY beautiful bow! (I’ll be checking into this little gizmo … lol). I just LOVE your style of card making … always so inspired when I take time to visit your blog! Thanks always for sparking new ideas into my head!
    Merry Christmas to you & your family!
    HUGS from OHIO!!

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