Messy Bows made from fabric scraps and ribbons are the best bows to make! Messy bows look great when you want to add some cuteness to a craft project.
Depending on the colors choices you go with, they can go with cottage, boho, farmhouse or whatever theme you desire!
Me? I like to add a little burlap and black or white as my base colors in addition to at least one or two other colors.
First gather your supplies
For your messy bow you will need the following supplies
- Your choice of fabric scraps and/or ribbons
- Jute Rope, yarn or twine to tie your bow together.
- Hot glue and glue gun to glue your bow to your project.
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When I am out looking for crafts supplies, I also keep an eye out for fabric, especially colors I like.
And yes you can ask for smaller amounts, you don’t have to get fabric by the yard.
Hobby Lobby and Walmart both have fat quarters already cut and ready to sell.
Preparing my fabric
There are two ways you can prep your fabric for Messy Bows
- You can actually rip the fabric in strips. I’ll make approximately 1″ cuts along one side of the fabric about every 1/2″ and then rip these in strips. When I’m done I just pull the loose strings away and trim the remaining with my scissors.
- You can cut the fabric with scissors or a rotary blade (and mat) in approximately 1/2″ strips.
Depending on the look you want, the ripped fabric strips look great with projects that have a primitive, rustic look or farmhouse look.
Yes, you can cut your ribbons in strips also!
I have several rolls of ribbon that are my favorite but they are 2″ wide or more.
For these types of bows, I prefer my material to be no wider than 1/2″, maybe 1″ wide at the most.
I like to store the fabric scraps and ribbons in clear storage containers and I like to keep similar colors together.
If you see material in the colors you like that are on sale, grab a quarter of a yard at least to add to your collection.
Even seasonal fabric can be used throughout the year.
time to assemble
Small Messy Bow
For smaller Messy Bow I like to use the criss-cross method or the ReFabbed Bow technique.
This would be for any fabric scraps less than 12″ long.
Once I pick out a length for my bow, I keep all my scraps for that bow a similar length.
Not exact, but similar.
For Messy Bows, whether they are smaller or larger, I like them puffy.
As I stated before, I love to add burlap and black and white to my bows and then pick my main color or colors to go with these.
So for Valentines theme, I’ll add reds, pinks, or oranges (maybe) with burlap and black and white fabric scraps or ribbons.
For a Spring theme, it could be pinks, yellows, blues with my base colors
Assembling a small Messy Bow
Assembling a small messy bow is easy and haphazard.
Start by laying each piece on top of each other and criss-cross them just a little bit.
Once you have all your scraps laid out, grab approximately 12″ of your jute rope, twine or yarn.
Lay this perpendicular across the middle of your piles of scraps, grab the whole bundle up carefully, flip it over and then tie the jute rope tight.
I usually double knot it at a minimum.
Then flip your Messy Bow back over and fluff out and arrange the fabric scraps and ribbons the way you like it!
If you want to see a video on how I made a small Messy Bow for one of my Valentine projects, click here.
Medium to Large Messy Bow
To make a larger Messy bow, this means working with fabric that is 12″ or longer.
Just like before, pick out your fabric scraps and/or ribbons.
I also like to keep the lengths of my fabric or scraps similar in length.
Assembling a Medium to Large Messy Bow
Here is where we start to differ on the assembling of our Messy Bow.
Prep by having your jute rope, twine or yard already cut approximately 12″.
Lay your materials in a random pattern on top of each other.
This pile of materials are not criss-crossed like before with the small Messy Bow.
Once you have your pile of fabric scraps, pick them up and then wrap the fabric around one hand.
This method is to fold your materials into thirds.
Lay your folded material and use your jute rope and wrap it around the middle of this bundle and tie it like before.
Now it’s time to grab your scissors and cut the loops on each end of the bow.
Fluff the material of your bow out and you have another Messy Bow to craft with!
You can also click here, to see how I used this larger Messy Bow on one of my Valentine crafts.
To Embellish or not too Embellish?
That is up to you! You can add buttons, beads or anything your hearts desire!
If you chose to, make it yours and let your personality shine!
Check out my video below to see how put together one of my Messy Bows.
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