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January 19, 2015

How to Make a Dr. Seuss- Inspired Loopy Bow

It's Craft Lightning Week!  This week I'm part of a fun group of bloggers who have all come up with awesome 15 minute or less Dr. Seuss- inspired crafts!
I realized that it's been a long time since I've made something for my daughter- so my project is this beautiful Dr.Seuss-inspired Loopy Bow!
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial
I love the red, white,  and teal used most often in Dr. Seuss decor, but I want my daughter to be able to wear the bow for more than one day!  So I used the Seussian colors to make this fun loopy bow!
I bet you can't believe that this only takes 15 minutes to make- but it really does!  This might be one of the easiest bows I've made with such a huge impact.
You'll need the following:
  • 6 1 yard lengths of coordinating ribbon
    •  I used 3/8 for all but one of my ribbons, but you can use any mix of 3/8 and 1/4, grosgrain, satin, or sheer, patterned or plain.  Whatever you want is great!
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • 2 felt circles (about 1 1/2 inch in diameter)
  • Alligator clip
  • Hot Glue Gun
*Note- if you are cutting your ribbon from a spool, you'll need to add in a few extra minutes for cutting!
Let's get to it!
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial
(In pictured order:)
1.  Cut your ribbon into 4 inch lengths.  You can cut several ribbons at a time to save time (2-3 minutes) Sort the ribbon into piles if desired.  You really don't have to go in order- it will look cute no matter what.  (1 minute)
*  (Not Pictured)  Pick up your needle and thread.  Make sure you have a nice big knot at the end so it won't pull through your ribbon!
2.  Begin making your loops by softly folding each ribbon piece in half (no creases!) , then  pushing your needle up through both ends. 
3.  Continue doing this with each piece of ribbon.  You can keep all the loops on your needle if desired, but it's fine if they go down onto the thread.  (6-7 minutes)
4.  Once you've got all your ribbon on the needle and thread, pull the needle through all the ribbon loops as you push them onto the thread.  Set your needle to the side.  All your ribbon should move from the needle (as pictured) onto the thread. 
5.  Take both ends of your thread and tightly tie them in the center of your bow.  Do this 3-4 times so it won't come out. (1 minute)
Your front should look like this.
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial

Your back has all the ends and needs to be covered.  
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial

6.  Cover one felt circle with hot glue and place it in the center back of your bow, covering the cut ends.  
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial

7.  Attach the alligator clip between the felt circles by placing a thin line of glue down the other felt circle, then placing the top of the alligator clip over it.  (The felt circle should be between the alligator clip.
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial
8.  Now cover the top of the felt circle with hot glue and attach it to the bow directly over the first felt circle.  You should only see the bottom of the alligator clip, and should be able to open and close it.  (Steps 6-8 takes 2-3 minutes)
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial
And now you have an adorable bow!  
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial
I'm thrilled because we'll be able to use this for Valentine's Day as well!
Dr. Seuss Inspired Loopy Bow Tutorial
Now, go check out the rest of the Craft Lightning posts by clicking on the button below!  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!



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21 comments:

  1. This is such a great tutorial! I have always wondered how these bows are made.

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    1. Thanks Lauryn- it really is so much easier than I thought!

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  2. I love this cute bow! It was so clever of you to do so many little loops so it was nice and fluffy!

    ♥ Cat K http://www.CatKRedefineDesign.com

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    1. Thanks Cat! I love how easy it is to make!

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  3. This is a great tutorial...I love all the pictures...cute bow!

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    1. Thanks! I always learn best by seeing how to do it so I try to use lots of pics in my tutorials. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. You have a lot of patience to make pretty. So cute.

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    1. Usually I'm a pretty lazy crafter, so I love that in only takes 15 minutes!

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  5. This is so creative and fun! I know a friend who would love this!

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    1. Send 'em over! Thanks so much Tara- I appreciate you stopping by!

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  6. Wow this is creative and nice, thank you for sharing I may have to try it

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    1. Angela- thanks! It is really easy, and you can make it with less loops for a smaller bow too!

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  7. Such a cute idea for the Dr. Seuss lovers!

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  8. These are so CUTE. I'm totally in love with the colors. I haven't tried to make a hair bow for my daughter yet, but I think I may finally be inspired.

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