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How to Make the Perfect Bow for a Hostess Gift

Make the perfect bow for a hostess gift. The holidays are a busy time of visiting friends and relatives and attending parties. Embroidered napkins with holiday images make the perfect hostess gift, and you can dress up the presentation with a Bowdabra bow.Hostess Gift with Bowdabra BowHostess Gift with Perfect Bow

Supplies for Hostess Gift BowSupplies for Hostess Gift Bow

Instructions for Hostess Gift Bow

  1. Dovetail the ends of the ribbon by folding the ribbon in half lengthwise and cutting away the tip at an angle. Quickly pass all ribbon ends through a flame to seal the ends.Dovetail Ribbon Ends
  2. Fold the bow wire in half and put in the Bowdabra.Wire in Bowdabra for Hostess Gift Bow
  3. Tuck the ends of the wire under the Bowdabra to keep they out of the way.Wire Tucked under Bowdabra
  4. Place the center of the 21″ length of ribbon in the Bowdabra face up.Tail Piece Centered in Bowdabra
  5. Place the end of the 54″ length of ribbon in the Bowdabra face down.Beginning of First Loop
  6. Make a three-loop fold-and-twist bow with the 54″ length of ribbon. Each loop should be approximately 3″.First Loop Completed
  7. After the three loops on each side of the Bowdabra are complete, form a circle with the remaining tail and put the end piece in the Bowdabra face down.Last Loop of Hostess Gift Bow
  8. Compress the ribbon with the Bowdabra Wand.Compress Ribbons
  9. With the bow still in the Mini Bowdabra, pass the wire ends through the loop and tighten. Tie a secure knot. Bring the wire ends to the back side of the bow and tie a second knot. Leave the wire ends long.Pass Wire Ends through Loop
  10. Fluff the bow.Finished Hostess Gift Bow
  11. Wrap a length of ribbon around the hostess gift, and use the wire ends to attach the bow.Hostess Gift with Perfect Bow

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