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Sunday, October 24, 2010

The 12 Step Program Bow Tutorial

I'm not making fun of the 12 step program.  I just thought that it was interesting that while I was working with the pictures for this tutorial, it ended on the 12th step.  I'm not sure, but this could be a message to me from the great beyond.  Cue the loud booming voice:

"Kathy!  You need to clean your house, do laundry, and STOP with the crafts, already!!"

Ahem...  Here is my tutorial to make a really cool star bow out of vintage, yellowed, books.  Read that as: asthma inducing, inhaled dust particles creating a sinus "situation" and an altogether toxic, allergy causing substance.

To start of with, you need only 3 things.  An old book, scissors, and doublestick tape.
 Maybe a box of tissues for your nose.

STEP ONE  (You say we need to talk)
Oops. I was channeling The Frey.

Cut 8 strips.  They need to be 7 inches by 3/4 inch.
Looks like the beginning of Star Wars in this shot doesn't it?
Sorry.  I digress..

Fold the strips in half to find the middle.
Put a piece of doublestick tape 
 on the middle of the strip where the fold was.
Turn the strip over so that the tape is on the back side.

Make a loop with the strip folding towards you to the middle.
Twist it to where the tape is on the back.
This is hard to explain in print.  
Hopefully the pictures will help.

The back side where you taped it
should look like this.

Repeat with the other side of the strip.

You should now have a piece that looks like this.

Another view.

The back side should look like this.
You can trim the little hangy bit off if you want.


Make eight of these babies.


Now.  You start stacking 'em up.
Using the double stick tape layer the loops
one on top of the other. 
 Turning 180 degrees each time.
Remember, it's a Star bow.

Continue adding the loops.



These take ten minutes to make.  I can make 6 an hour.
I was thinking of selling them for  .50 a piece.
That is, until  my husband pointed out
that I'd only
be making $3.00 an hour.
My husband figured it would take me about
14,000 days to make a million dollars.
I haven't checked his math on that.
I'll get back to you 
and let you know 
how it works out.
My husband thinks he's funny...
I'll get back to you
on THAT, too.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! SO cute. Both the bow AND the commentary. Thanks so much for the tutorial, Kathy. I think this is so clever.


Sheila :-)

Terri Kahrs said...

Leave it to an accountant to pee on your parade!!!! LOL!!! Love your tut!!! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Love it! Get to work on that million, we will be wanting an update!

Createology said...

Love your bow tutorial and thank you for sharing. Isn't crafting all about taking tons of time to make next to zero money?!! Happy creating...

Into Vintage said...

These are now on my to-do list -- much of which I hope to accomplish in the next 14 days because my helpful husband is out of town and I can spread out my mess all over the place! woo-hoo

Sandra Evertson said...


Sandra Evertson

Susan said...

At the rate I'm going selling my crafts....I would be happy with $3.00 an hour. Haha

Sandy said...

How utterly awesome! I'd love to share this post on my blog and link back to you with permission to use the finished bow photo. Great idea!!!

Linda K. said...

Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by Robin's Egg Blues! And I love your book page bow! Genius!
I'm going to make some of these with vintage sheet music pages! Bless you girl!


Robin said...

What a cool idea....thanks for sharing the tutorial! Have a great week!!


Nancy said...

Thanks for the great idea.

Jean Tuthill said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I really like the look of the bow and I will make some of them for Christmas.

Melodee said...

It is so comforting to know I am not alone.........

.Trudi Sissons said...

OK - 14,000 days...and a husband that thinks he's funny j/b he can multiply? LOL It amazes me how profound those peeps in the peanut gallery seem to think they are. It's also just so much fun to read your posts because I LOVE your sense of humor Kathy. These look like they could be made while you watch a TV program which is $3.00 per hour than you'd be making otherwise? I have to try them! Thanks for the tutorial.

.Trudi Sissons said...

s/b MORE than above. And the star wars comment - LOLOLOL no also reminded me of that one with that big black 'marble' slab of something that came out of space...2001 A Space Oddessey? Remember?

Barbara said...

Just found your blog via Amy at Into Vintage - it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud (and subscribe to yet another blog) - but the Star Wars photo? I'm in.

The French Bear said...

It is absolutely delightful!!!
Margaret B

Geralyn Gray said...

I love this I have to figure out how to file it somewhere......I can't wait to try these!!!!!

Molly Anne said...

Love it. And will absolutely be trying these. Thanks for the tutorial!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I arrived by way of Tales of an OC Cottage - love the tutorial! Thank you!

Sandi said...

These are too cute! Thanks for sharing.

Joanie Coyote said...

Yes!!! This is the best thing ever. I hate re-buying bows and I can't stand the flimsy cheap ones. What a great way to recycle paper and ribbon. I'd like to link this to my blog later today it it's okay with you.

Cosy Life by Elly said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I like it!! The ar beautiful.Maybe you want to take a loke on my blog?
Dear greatings, Elly