Magazine Bows for Presents
I originally found this tutorial here. When I went to find this link for a friend who wanted to try it, I realized the pictures of the tutorial are no longer available. So I’m recreating it here so that others can do this. It takes a little more time than I would like for a “quick” project but the results are worth it. This is what I’m going to show you how to make.
1. The image on the left is what I want to see in my bow. I try to pick pictures with pleasing colors and not a lot of words.
2. Turn the image over and draw lines lengthwise, 1/2 inch apart. Cut on these lines to form strips.
3. Set 4 of the strips aside. Take 3 strips and cut 1 inch off. Take a different set of 3 strips and cut 2 inches off. Take one more set of 3 strips and cut 3 inches off. The final strip needs to be 3 inches in total length as this will be the finishing touch on your bow. Any strips that are left can be put in the recycling bin. Keep in mind the final project. Try to cut off as much lettering or other unattractive features as possible. (In quilting, they call this fancy cutting.)
4. Twist all the trips into skinny 8s. The original directions said to use staples to secure but I used tape. The final 3 inch strip needs to be taped into a circle.
5. Layer the 8s in a pleasing pattern starting with the biggest and work up to the smallest. For maximum stability, tape each addition to the one below it. The circle is the final addition.
The above bow was made from a cruise-line advertisement.