How to make korker bows

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supplies that will be needed

  • 3 yards or more of 3/8 or 1/4 inch ribbon.(Grosgrain, Satin or Sheer work the best)
  • 3/8 inch wooden dowel.
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Oven
  • Wooden clothes pins
  • Cookie Sheet
  • L Brackets
  • Embroidery Floss that matches ribbon
  • Glue Gun or Jewel Glue
  • French Clip

making the ribbon curls

STEP 1: The first step in making your Korker Hair Bow is to prepare your Korker Ribbon. For this you will need your dowel rods, which can be purchased at any local hardware store. When you purchase dowel rods, they are usually long and you will need them cut so they are somewhere between fifteen and seventeen inches long, so you can either have someone at the store cut it for you or you can cut it yourself. Next pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. While the oven is heating, wrap the ribbon around the dowel in a spiral fashion. Before securing the ribbon make sure that no ribbon is overlapping. Attach the ends using the wooden cloths pins. (Do not use clips that have plastic on them.)

STEP 2: Place your ribbon wrapped dowel in the sink until the water has completely saturated the ribbon.

STEP 3: Put the dowel on a metal cookie sheet and place in the oven for approximately one hour. You can put as many ribbon wrapped dowels as you can fit on a cookie sheet. After an hour remove the dowel and let cool about ten minutes before removing ribbon. To test your ribbon to see if it is ready you will gently remove the clothespins from one dowel rod, and gently slide the ribbon off, if the curls are tight and even they are done, if they are too lose put them back in for a few more minutes.

STEP 4: Remove your ribbon from the dowels and cut to desired lengths. If you want a 4 inch bow, cut your korker ribbon to 3 inches as the curls will stretch somewhat.

Attaching the Ribbon

Step 1: Select about 30, 3 inch pieces of curled ribbon. You can do them longer if you want, but you will still need 30 if you want a full bow.

Step 2: Place you L Brackets parallel to each other on a flat surface so the ends touch. Leave a small space in between them; place a piece of embrobry floss approximately 12 inches in length in this space. You can use string of any color, but it is recommended that you choose a neutral color; especially one what will blend in with your bow.

Step3: Stack your ribbon in the L Brackets. Remember to alternate the colors to provide an even pattern throughout the bow.

Step 4: Pull each end of the string up and to the middle. Straighten all the ribbon before you tie the string. Double knot the string, for a more secure knot you can also use a bit of hot glue to hold the ribbons tightly together.

Step 5: Now that the ribbon is bound together, it is a great time to heat seal the ribbons ends. You will want to heat seal the ribbon because this prevents the ends from fraying. There are two ways of heat-sealing. One is to use a lighter and run the flame across the ribbon to melt the ends. The other way is by using a product called Fray Check. With Fray Check you simply apply the product to the ends of the ribbon.

Step 6: At this point we will attach the ribbons to the French clip. Using the open French barrette, apply a strip of glue (jewel or hot glue) across the wide part of the barrette, place it face down against your bow. Trim the extra ends.

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