Have you ever felt like you stumbled upon a great discovery? Something that everyone should know… and if they knew it would be life changing for them. Well, maybe not life changing… but if they knew they would love it!!! Something that is so so easy and inexpensive and really really trendy!
Okay, today I am sharing … 1) How to make a perfect bow…. and …. 2) how to make it out of burlap webbing…. BURLAP WEBBING!
 Yes, it is THAT great!  Just wait…



Now let’s make a BOW!


 This is such a crisp, stunner-of-a-bow!

 I’ve been experimenting with different materials that might make great bows and this is the hand’s down best!!! And burlap webbing comes in so many colors and striped patterns! I chose natural with a black stripe to make mine. 

I purchased 3 1/2 inch jute burlap webbing from . Burlap webbing is used for upholstering furniture, tote bags, luggage racks, belts… and now beautiful bows!!!
It is SO inexpensive I was surprised what an elegant bow it made. And it can be put together in minutes. 
I added the bow to my BURLAP WREATH as well as a few loops of the webbing in the wreath itself. For a step-by-step DIY click HERE
 I must give a huge shout-out to my friend Ann from ON SUTTON PLACE for her fabulous bow making instructions. I was originally going to use them (they are the best on the internet) but had to change her instructions because burlap webbing is much thicker than burlap bow fabric.  Her post is a must-see!
I did use some of her stapling tips! Thanks for always inspiring, Ann!

This will make a generous 12″ x 3 1/2″ bow with 12 ” tailsHere’s what you need:3 1/2 burlap webbing… about 2 yards 

cut 25″ for the bow body
cut 25″ for the bow tail
cut 6 inches for the bow center
 stapler and staples
craft wire and wire cutters
hot glue
1. Make sure you use 3 1/2 burlap webbing. It will make a gorgeous bow.
2. Using the 25 inches of burlap webbing for the bow body overlap the ends at the center and staple.
 3. Accordion pleat the center of the bow body and wire it tightly together. Clip the wire ends.
4. Find the center of the tail piece and wire it like the center of the bow. Make french cuts at the end of the tails.
5. Lay the tail right side up on a work surface and then the bow body right side up on top of the tail.
If you want to wire the burlap webbing bow onto something like a wreath, you should cut a long length of wire and put the wire down on your work space first. Then when your bow is finished the wire is  attached to the bow.
6. Determine how thick you want the bow center and fold the 6 inch strip of webbing to that size.
 I wanted the black stripe to be in the center of the bow so I folded one long end under just a little and the other long end under more to center the stripe. 
Staple the center webbing along the open side closer to the ends.
 7. Wrap the bow center around the body and the tail of the bow. Cut off the excess length of the bow center, leaving just enough of the webbing to glue to the back of the bow.
Now you can be in on my burlap webbing discovery too! I feel a burlap webbing bow craze coming on!!!!
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  1. andrea bayot says:

    Thanks for the instructions on how to make a bow! This will add such a sweet touch to many decorating projects.

  2. Lisa Cooper says:

    So that’s how it’s done! So easy, why didn’t I think of that? Thanks!

  3. Looks great and can’t wait to try on tote bag

  4. Kim Nicewander says:

    Thank you for the easy bow demonstration. I am looking forward to giving it a try. I found your blog a few weeks ago and I am truly enjoying all the tips and ideas for decorating.

  5. Debbie Sullivan says:

    Can’t wait to try this on a new fall wreath for my front door! Thank you!

  6. Such a simple thing but such an incredibly useful blogpost, thank you so much. You have no idea how many times I have looked at perfect bows and tried to copy them only to fail, somewhat miserably. I shall be off to buy some burlap and try again. I know the children will be doing this too!

  7. Thanks for sharing. I love this bow and plan to make one soon. The hard part will be deciding what burlap to pick.

  8. I like this type bow. It looks great in Summer.In the fall with all the oranges, and golds it will look great as well.

  9. You have brought me into the world of burlap. I have made this bow for an outside wreath and I love it.

  10. So beautiful! Anxious to try!

  11. Thanks for the bow-making instructions and pics.

  12. Looks easy. I am usually all fumble fingers when making a bow. I will try this one for sure.

  13. Martha Franks says:

    I think even my fumbly-arthritic hands can do this! Thanks!

  14. Shelley Anderson says:

    I love it! I love your decorating tutorials & your style Yvonne!! Thanks again!

  15. Theresa Kleinschmidt says:

    Thanks Yvonne for the instructions on how to make the perfect bow. I have used the webbing to accent my pillow ticking pillows. I can’t wait to make a burlap wreath and the perfect bow for my front door. Have a great day!

  16. Love the webbing; makes for a great stiff bow! Thanks Yvonne!

  17. I love decorating with burlap. I just finished a very simple off white burlap table runner for my dining room with knotted fringe at each end and one inch fringe on each side. It looks great!

  18. Sherry Pelle says:

    Love it and pinned it to my wreath board!

  19. Jackie Holman says:

    Your site has changed. Why all the spam??? I love learning and visiting your site, but if all the different color spam continues; I am out!

  20. kathy Bogan says:

    Love the webbing. Thank you for your tutorial on making the perfect bow and the vendor from which you buy your burlap webbing.

  21. Deborah Yeary says:

    Yikes I wish I’d seen this when my local Hancocks went out of business, ill head over to your source. Thanks for sharing

      1. Love your banner! How about a tutorial, Yvonne?

  22. This is brilliant–so it’s not actually tied at all–it’s a “faux bow”! And it looks so much better than even an expertly-tied bow ever could. So smart!

  23. Ronny Kosempel says:

    Can’t wait to try this! It would look great on my new fall wreath I’ve been planning. Thanks!

  24. Irene Adams says:

    Thankyou for this lovely site, its so clean cut and so easy to follow, i love your ideas that dont have to cost a fortune to follow, i look forward to your e mail every day, thankyou again .

    1. I love my newsletter followers! And I’m so happy that you are enjoying all the fun things I put in it!

  25. Your bow looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Do you think these bows would work outside? I need to make new bows for the wreaths I put on my windows at Christmas and these would be so cute. I want to see if I can find one with a red line going through it.

    1. Kristen, I just ordered the black stripe from They do have the red stripe, but they noted that it is a more orange red than a traditional red. Hope this helps.

      1. Nancy, thanks for your help! I looked on amazon and found red right away. Still not sure if you can use them outside. I’ve never used anything burlap outdoors before, have you?

  27. Burlap Bow instructions pinned.
    Jute webbing with black stripes ordered from Thanks for vendor info.
    Looking forward to crafting my first, but not last, bow!

  28. Thank you for the bow tips. I want to find the monogram site you used. Any other monogram ideas you have would be appreciated.

  29. Tina Sipe says:

    I found the same burlap on a clearance sale at Hobby Lobby and have been keeping it just waiting on the perfect use for it. Now I know what I’ll do with it. Love the bow!!

  30. I just finished reading both tutorials and I really enjoyed your tips on taking care of your burlap wreath, especially the one on hanging it upside down and using your blow drier to dry it if it gets wet. The wreath is adorable and I love the addition of the bow and the white and green flowers – very fresh looking!

  31. Valerie Tingley says:

    Just made one – with some vintage velvet ribbon and it is perfection!

  32. Really wow that was so easy..I thought there was more to it than that..oh Christmas bows are going to be gorgeous!

  33. Joanne B. says:

    Looks great! Love how sturdy it looks! Love it for sure but really love the white painted monogram you have on your wreath too! Can you share where you got it? I know there are lots of Easy shops who offer various qualities and if you have a good source I’d appreciate a recommendation!

  34. Debbie Reynolds says:

    Beautiful bow! I can’t wait to try this!

  35. Deb Gregory says:

    Oh wow! I can’t wait to try this on different things. Love burlap! Looks so easy!!! So excited!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  36. Love the bow and wreath..Thanks for sharing

  37. What a great tutorial! I am terrible at making bows and I always ask a Florist at my church to make them for me. Thanks for sharing this

  38. Pam Fogal says:

    Thanks Yvonne for the easy tutorial on burlap webbing bows! You make it sound so e a s y!

  39. Now you have me hooked! First on wreaths than on burlap of all things!? Guess I have no choice but to try my hand at my first burlap bow,? Which will soon adorn my front door wreath. Thank you for being such a lovely teacher!

  40. Judy Schordock says:

    Thank you Yvonne! This will be perfect for my front door. My door is brick red and it is difficult to find a wreath that shows up well.
    Thanks for all the great ideas.

  41. Debbie Jones says:

    Looks easy enough so I will try it! Thanks!