How To Make A Bow Out Of Burlap


When I created my Burlap Christmas Hoop Wreath Post I was surprised how many people messaged and thanked me for my bow tutorial. Thus I decided to create a simple tutorial, detailing step by step, how to make a bow out of burlap would be useful.

Bows can be puzzling can’t they? When in fact they are quite simple and can be created in 7 simple steps.

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Step By Step How To Make A Bow Out Of Burlap

What You Will Need

  • Glue Gun

  • Scissors

  • Tape Measure

  • 1 Piece Of Burlap ( I used an old shopping bag)

  • Iron On Vinyl (optional)

Deciding On The Size Of Your Bow?

This really depends on your chosen project, are you making a huge door wreath and want a bow that is the show stopping centre piece. Or are they bows to decorate gifts?

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How Long Does It Take To Make A Burlap Bow?

A conservative agues would be half an hour. That is if you are using iron on vinyl to decorate you bow. However if you are simply constructing a bow expect it to take 10 minutes at the most.

How To Make A Bow Out Of Burlap

Step 1

Cut out a strip of burlap leaving a little room around the edge to fray. Remember to cut a v shape into each end for a little detail.

Step 2

Gently fray the edges of your burlap to create a vintage look, it will fray anyway this way you control the way it frays. If you want to add iron on vinyl to decorate your bow do it at this stage.

Step 3

Now lie the burlap flat and then fold the ends inwards into a U shape.

How to make a bow

Step 4

Tie some string around each of the loose ends to create a gather. This will be the hanging ribbon part of the bow.

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Step 5

Now pinch the hanging part in and up towards the centre to create a bow shape and fasten with string.

Tying the centre

Step 6

Get another strip on burlap, fold it inwards to remove rough edges and iron to create a seam on each side.

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Step 7

Wrap this around the centre of the bow and glue in place.

Creating the centre of a bow,
Finished bow

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  • SarahJChristie

    Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 50+ mum of boys, sharing Cricut Crafts and Free SVG Files, family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co-editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog and Mini Travellers family travel blog.

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