First I apply the wrap around ribbon, I use monofilament quilting thread on the top, and sometimes on the bottom. You can also use a cotton on the bottom in a matching color to the ribbon. This way if the monofilament pulls the bobbin to the top it will blend with the ribbon.
- Bag or item to be embellished
- Fray check
- Monofilament thread, I prefer quilting type, I find it thinner and stronger
Once you have the ribbon around the bag, you can decide on your style of bow, either a tied bow or a looped bow, I will start with the looped bow, for this will be using a different sample from above.
Start by looping ribbon back and forth, for this tote the bow is about 4 inches, pinching in fingers add 2 loops per side.
Once you have the loops finish off with a center loop, which will form a circle, cut end off and included in the center, fray check is a good idea on this open edge.
Pin bow, now it is ready to be added to your bag. I remove my presser foot and use the "top" of my buttonhole stitch, but a zig zag stitch set at "0" would achieve the same result. I tack this back and fourth about 6-10 times. You can see the tack in picture 2 - remember this is a clear thread, but it is there. Be sure to sew through and secure all layers.
Repeat on the bottom, I just push the bow up to do the same at the bottom of the bow, now it is tacked on top and bottom,
Now for the tied bow. I sew my length of ribbon, in this case I use about 20 inches, I sew it perfectly perpendicular to the ribbon installed on the tote. I fold the edges inward to the center, then I simply sew back and forth 6-10 times to secure it in place.
Using what I call the Martha Stewart method of time a bow, I simply tie it starting like this then looping as if tying a shoe.
Trim ends, and treat with fray check, your bow embellishment is complete.
Examples of each on a completed tote.