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

Quick Picks : 12.17.15

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Helen Dardik

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Helen Dardik (so cute!)

This Week’s Picks

Tailored, the chic new business card collection from MOO, offers gold foil, spot varnish, and raised spot varnish options. Oooh, yeah.

♥ And speaking of awesome biz cards, check these out. – via

♥ Alcholic beverages have the best packaging.

♥ Check out this super cute, free printable pop out holiday card from Design is Yay.

♥ If you’re still on the lookout for some stylin’ holiday gift tags – I mean, in addition the super cute tags above by Helen Dardik – check out these glamalicious, free printable designs.

♥ Or perhaps these lovely, free printable holiday tags by Penelope Dullaghan.

image from Helen Dardik

Holiday Paper Crafts & Free Printables

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Paper Crave

If you’re on the hunt for great holiday paper craft ideas or in need of some last minute gift tags, then keep scrolling because this roundup is for you! I’m featuring oodles of awesome holilday diy project ideas and free printables that have caught my attention this season, and I hope that they’ll catch yours, too.

Above, from the Paper Crave archives, free printable holiday gift tags.

Sequin Christmas Tree Craft from Martha Stewart

Sequined Christmas Tree Craft from Martha Stewart

Free Printable Dutch Baroque Gift Wrap from The House That Lars Built

Free Printable Dutch Baroque Gift Wrap from The House That Lars Built

DIY Giant Paper Snowflakes from Oh Happy Day

DIY Giant Paper Snowflakes from Oh Happy Day

Printable Holiday Gift Tags in 3 Colorways from Creative Index

Printable Holiday Gift Tags in 3 Colorways from Creative Index

Melting Snowman Paper Craft from Mini Eco

Melting Snowman Paper Craft from Mini Eco

images from their respective sources

Bossyprints by Tag Team Tompkins

Try to Be Nice Letterpress Bossyprint by Tag Team Tompkins (printing by Skylab Letterpress)

I’ve been an ardent admirer of Tag Team Tompkins since I first laid eyes on their wonderful work, and their Bossypants letterpress art print collection is is so up my alley that it’s built a house and moved in there. The collection was inspired by hanging out with kids (of all ages) and features funny (and bossy) sayings in Tag Team Tompkins’ trademark lettering, which I L-O-V-E. Bright, eye-catching color backdrops, a new element for TTT, are the perfect finishing touch!

Head on over to the Tag Team Tompkins shop to pick up any or all of these fun prints.

Wash Your Hands Letterpress Bossyprint by Tag Team Tompkins (printing by Skylab Letterpress)

Too Much Screen Time Letterpress Bossyprint by Tag Team Tompkins (printing by Skylab Letterpress)

Just Walk Away Letterpress Bossyprint by Tag Team Tompkins (printing by Skylab Letterpress)

images from Tag Team Tompkins

letterpress printing by Skylab Letterpress