How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow

After I posted my gift wrap ideas for the #12daysofSmock, I had a few requests for a tutorial on the big and loopy satin bow that I made for one of the gifts. Here you go, and just in time for holiday gift wrapping!

For this tutorial, I used the Satin Ribbon (Red) from Papermart. As I mentioned over on Instagram, I’ve been using their ribbon for over a decade and love it. The quality is very nice, and their prices are fantastic.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 1

Step 1 : Wrap the ribbon around the back of the box and twist the two ends over each other, as shown above.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 2

Step 2: Bring the two ends of the ribbon around to the front of the package and tie a knot in the center. Cut the ends using very sharp scissors (I use my sewing scissors when I’m cutting ribbon) and leave approx. 8 inch tails on either end.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 3

Step 3: Start looping the ribbon back and forth, as shown above. The width of the loop is between one half and three quarters the the width of the box, with slightly longer tails (approx. 4 inches) on either end.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 4

Step 4: Continue to form loops, pinching the ribbon in the middle, until there are four loops on each side. Depending in the weight of your ribbon, you may be able to add more, but with the ribbon that I’m using I’ve found that four loops on each side gives me the fullness that I’m looking for.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 5

Step 5: Hold the bow by the pinched center and position it over the box knot. Tie the bow onto the package using the ribbon tails.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 6

Step 6: Gently pull the loops and separate them until you’re happy with the shape and fullness of the bow.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 7

Step 7: Cut the ends of the ribbon on the diagonal for a finished look. There isn’t a standard length that I cut them to. Sometimes I go longer (like I did here) and sometimes shorter. It’s whatever looks good to you.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 8

Step 8: Thread a gift tag onto one of the ribbon ends to finish, no adhesive needed!

photos by Kristen Magee

Gorgeous Gift Wrappings from Bespoke Letterpress

Bespoke Press Gift Wrap, Gift Tags & Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon

Bespoke Letterpress have outdone themselves with their latest release, which includes some of the most gorgeous gift wrapping goodies that I’ve seen. I’m just about giddy over their new double-sided gift wrap designs, as well as the yummy gold and copper foil stamped gift tags that are among the new items in their line. And omigosh, their hand dyed silk ribbons are so beautiful. The Blush, Copper/Ash, Plum/Blush, and Plum/Lilac are calling my name!

Check out all of new goodies from Bespoke Letterpress right here, and scroll on down to see some of the completely craveable gift wrappings from the new release.

Bespoke Press Gift Wrap, Gift Tags & Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon

Bespoke Letterpress Copper Foil Gift Tags

Bespoke Letterpress Gift Wrap, Gift Tags & Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon

Bespoke Letterpress Gift Wrap, Gift Tags & Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon

images from Bespoke Letterpress

Weekly Wrap #176 : Katie Leamon Gift Wrap

Caspian Marbled Gift Wrap | Katie Leamon

I’ve been ooh-ing and aah-ing over the dotty, gold foil envelopes in Katie Leamon’s Luxe stationery line for the past couple of weeks, but did you know that Katie also has a collection of super cool gift wrap? The stylish wrapping paper designs feature a range of styles, including everything from colorful, marbled forms to chic, geometric patterns in classic black and white.

Head on over to Katie’s shop to check out all of her gift wrap designs, as well as her crave-worth paper goods collections.

Modern Geometric Gift Wrap | Katie Leamon

images from Katie Leamon

Weekly Wrap #174 : Black & White Gift Wrap Inspiration

Weekly Wrap

Classic black and white will never go out of style, but it’s most definitely one of the hottest color pairings going right now, and I’ve seen so many gorgeous black and white wrapped packages popping up on Pinterest lately that I had to shine a spotlight on some of my favorites.

This dynamic color duo can stand firmly on its own, as it does in the pretty packages below, but it also looks great with just about any color around. My favorite additions for the upcoming holiday season include shiny metallics, bold reds / greens / teals, and soft mints and pinks. I’ve included some complementary color ideas below to get your creative juices flowing.

Black & White Gift Wrap Inspiration Black & White Holiday Complementary Color Ideas

Above, clockwise from top leftFrida Berglund // Riikka Kantinkoski // Elisabeth Heier // Emily Brown // Nina Oppedal // Vita Villa Vila // Design Eat Repeat

images from their respective sources