December 2012: Christmas Wrist Bow
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson
After I'd posted a wrist bow tutorial in 2010, my sister Abs requested one for her birthday. I never got around to it, but she reminded me of the wish this autumn when I asked what she'd like for Christmas.
I found some 1920s-30s velvet ribbon via French Quarter on Ebay, in an azure that made me think of Abs. I favor the softer touch and gentler hues of vintage ribbon.
I reviewed my own tutorial and made her bow, adding a third snap to the fastening because the velvet ribbon was heavier than taffeta.
Because of the heft and one-sidedness of the ribbon, I couldn't make a one piece bow that would look graceful. I made this one by sewing a flat loop of ribbon about the width I wanted the bow to be, putting the seam at the center back. Then I layered it atop a single thickness of ribbon velvet-up, to make the "tails" of the bow. I pinched the middle of my stack tightly and pulled and shaped the ribbon, then I put strong stitches all through the middle to keep my bow shape in place. I wrapped narrower contrast ribbon around the middle to hide the stitches, and sewed it closed as in the tutorial.
I think the blue was a good choice; she was able to wear it right after unwrapping it.