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Friday, June 10, 2011

Korker Bows-how to

Ok so to start the korker bows, you need scissors, needle and thread, lighter, wood burner or fray check (to heat seal the ends of the ribbon), wooden dowels and wooden clothes pins. 

After you have gathered your supplies, you need to heat seal the end of the ribbon and attached it at one end of a wooden dowel with a wooden clothes pin.  After you have attached the ribbon to the dowel with the clothes pin, you need to start winding it around the dowel.  You can leave a little space between the turns or not.  It's your choice.  At this point preheat your oven to 275 degrees.

Make sure you turn the ribbon all the way to the bottom of the dowel and attach the other end of the ribbon to the opposite end of the dowel with a wooden clothes pin.  You will probably want to make a big batch of these each time so that you don't have to do it as often.  As soon as you have the ones you want to make ready to bake, place them on the foil lined cookie sheet and bake at 275 for 25 minutes.  Make sure you use foil on the cookie sheet so your ribbon will not get dirty. 

Your finished product will look like this:

Make sure you wait until they cool, once you take them out of the oven, before you remove them from the dowels.  After you have taken them off the dowels, cut them into three inch pieces.  Choose the pattern and colors that you want together and lay them out.


Next step is to thread your needle and make a knot 3 inches from the end of the thread.  Then, stack the ribbons onto the needle, without pulling the thread all the way through, until you have them all on the needle.  Once you have them all on the needle and the thread pulled through, take the needle and thread back through the ribbons.  Take care not to go back through the hole you made the first time or the thread will pull back out. 
After you have pulled the thread back through, take the 3 inch tail at the knotted end and the thread that is in the needle(remove the needle) and tie a double knot. Now, cut a 1 1/2 inch piece of ribbon that matches one you used in the bow. 


Wrap it around the middle of the bow and stitch it to the bow on the other side.  Just make sure that you don't stitch it so that you can't attach the bow to a clip. 

This is what your finished product will look like. 


Hope this helps!  My little girls love these bows!  I would love to see any that you guys make. 

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