BOWS SHIP FLAT
The common feature of all pull bows is 1 or 2 inner ribbon strings
positioned in between two wide ribbons (see
figure 1). The function of the strings is to gather the two wide ribbons
which automatically form loops when the strings are pulled.
The pull bows come in a great variety of styles and sizes, with
sectional or non-sectional construction. They ship and store flat and
The most common is sectional construction consisting of a multitude of
sections. Each section begins and ends with narrow points (necks) where
both wide ribbons and inner strings are gathered and secured with
plastic clips (fasteners) or specialty staples. Wide ribbons are
positioned parallel to each other with thin ribbon strings running in
Each section forms two loops when the bow is pulled. For example, if a
bow comes with 10 sections, the result is a bow with 20 loops.
Different lengths of sections create different shapes.
Numerous patents for a variety of pull bows were issued throughout the
years and new patents are emerging. We sell several patented styles
including our patent pending pull bows with two or more layers of
bow measurements explained
using our standard
9" pull bow
9" pull bows are available with
long ribbon and
Pull Bows are factory
manufactured using professional equipment and a skilled work force. The
output comes either on rolls or is individually assembled and packed.
Assembling pull bows is a very labor intensive process and as it happens
with many other products that is a major reason why almost all pull bows
you see on the market are imported. You can still make pull bows for
your personal use by simply copying patterns of those that you purchased
or you can follow our instructions.
MAKING VS. FORMING PULL BOWS
Arm yourself with patience as making pull bows is a very time
consuming task and should not be confused with forming already made pull
Making a single pull bow will take at
least 10-15 minutes of your time.
Forming an already made pull bow will take 10-15 seconds!
We suggest that you use
wired edge ribbon or floral satin flat, embossed or metallic ribbon.
Don't use fabric satin or any type of soft fabric. Those materials won't
hold well this particular type of pull bow. For a
pull bows with long tails,
you will need approximately 6 yards of minimum 2-1/2" wide ribbon and
the same length of curling ribbons per bow. You will also need tiny
florist wire precut in approximately 1" wide pieces. These will
substitute for plastic fasteners that are used in professionally made
pull bows. For a 20 loop bow, you will need 10x1" wire cuts.
1. Fold each 6 yards ribbon strip in half so you'll
have 3 yards in each streamer. Let's call "base" the
point of folding as that is the only place where the wide ribbon and
curling ribbon will be tied to each other. At the base, make two short
diagonal cuts on both sides to create the first narrow point as shown in
figure 1. Be careful not to separate ribbons when cutting as you won't
be able to fix it.
the curling ribbon in half and tie it to the neck of the wide ribbon so
that you now have the same length of narrow curling ribbon on both
3. Position wide ribbons
parallel to each other and move curling ribbon to the side. Use
clothespins or paper clips to secure the wide ribbons together. This
will make cutting easier and more accurate.
4. Use a
ruler and pencil to measure and mark the length of the sections. The
first section should be 8", all others 9" long measuring between the two
narrowest points. Keeping accurate measurements and cuts is very
important. Making mock-ups will help you with cutting ribbon. You will
need 2 mock-ups, one 8" and the other one 9" long (see figures 2 and 3),
or you can make one continuous mock up with all 10
sections. Place mock-ups against the folded ribbon, secure all
layers with clothespins and start cutting.
Figure 2, use only for the base Figure 3, use for all
you are done with all cutting, move back the two narrow strings and
position them parallel to and in between the two wider folded ribbons.
Secure both strings and both ribbons together with clothespins and start
tying all four at the narrow points using 1" wire cuts. See Figure 4.
6. The wire
connection should be left loose to allow the inner strings to run
smoothly along the length of the bow, yet the wire should fully and
securely encircle both ribbons and strings so that the ribbons do not
separate during pulling.
7. Complete tying all 10
narrow points and your bow is now ready for forming -
view pull bows instructions
Gently pull the two
inner strings all the way to the base and tie them together on the back
of the bow. Don't cut off the ribbon strings before
making a secure loop. The loop will prevent the bow from
sliding back and disassembling. We actually recommend that you don't cut
off ribbon strings at all. Curl them for additional decorating effect or
gather with paper clips or elastic bend and hide behind the bow. That
way you can always reuse your bow. The ends of the tails can be cut
diagonally or "V" shaped like a fish tail.
Use this method to make
Christmas pull bows for gifts, baskets, wreaths,
trees Add tulle or
leaves, roses, beads, pearls, shells, stars, feathers or
bells for additional decorating effect.
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We hope you'll find this information helpful. Please contact us with
any questions you may have. If you would like to create you own bow
style for reselling, we can help you both with designing, manufacturing
and logistics. We have been designing and manufacturing decorative
bows for 15 years now, including millions of bows sold through major