There are tons of variations of how to stack a boutique bow, but this is my favorite lately! It’s just spikes and loopers with some filler (feathers or tulle) topped with a bottle cap.
I took the photos (below) when I wrote my tutorial, How To Make Bottle Caps With Epoxy Stickers. I’m assuming a basic knowledge of bow making here, but email me if you want a link to a tutorial for any of these. There are tons of how-to’s on the web and videos on YouTube. You might like to read “Anatomy of a Boutique Bow” to learn the names of different types of bow components.
How To Stack A Boutique Bow
Start with spikes. These are often made with 1″ or 1.5″ ribbon, but I like the 7/8″ shown above. The smaller width means you need more spikes, so you can show off more prints and colors. The last 2 spikes are glued on after you tie the spikes. You want them to be just a little ways off of the center, so the tips of the spikes meet on top and bottom. These spikes are 6″ each. Usually the final spikes that you glue on need to be trimmed a teeny bit shorter after you glue them.
Then you add a series of loopers, however many you like. I like varying sizes for fullness. For reference, if your spikes are 6″, your base loopers would measure 12″ for each side. As you work your way in with more loopers, you can use skinnier ribbons.
I’ve added 2 loopers in 7/8″ ribbon, and 2 more in 1/4″ ribbon. I tucked a small strip of fur in between the big and small set of loopers so the smaller set wouldn’t hide so much. Tulle or lace fans would work there too. Since I sew, I have lots of little scrappy odds and ends that get tucked into hairbows.
You can layer and add anything you like, including twisted boutique bows, side bows, and any kind of topper.
I like to finish with feathers and a bottlecap. I’ve been using the free football bottle cap printables at Diana Rambles a lot lately. Close up below.
Here are a couple Halloween bows I’ve made using this technique, or a pretty close variation. You may have already seen them on my Instagram:)
The Halloween bows are for sale in the MayenDesigns Etsy shop, but if you want to make your own it’s not too hard. Email me if you need help:)