Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Covered Clip

Now that you have the folding down for the main part of your bow, let's move to making the covered clip.  Technically, you don't have to cover it, but I think it really compliments the bow well.

To start you will need: 3/8" ribbon (same color as your bow), lighter, glue gun, and an alligator clip.

STEP 1: Take your roll of 3/8" ribbon and heat seal the end.  It's important to always heat seal your ends to prevent fraying, even on the clip!

STEP 2: Place a small dot of hot melt glue on the underneath side of the clip where you would pinch to open it up.

STEP 3: Take your heat sealed ribbon and place it on the dot of glue with the rest of the ribbon pointing away from the  clip.  Be sure to hold it for a few seconds to allow the glue to cool.

STEP 4: Flip the clip over and make a zig-zag line of hot melt glue across the top.

STEP 5: Take ribbon and lay it over the top of the glue trying to get it to match up with the clip as best as possible.  Hold it again for a few seconds.

STEP 6: Measure the remainder of the ribbon you'll need by wrapping it around the end of the clip and meeting up with the end on the other side.  Clip it with your scissors.

STEP 7: Heat seal the end!

STEP 8: Put a line of glue on the inside of the ribbon.

STEP 9: Open up the clip and press the ribbon to the underneath side of the top part of the clip.

And voila, a covered clip!

Here's what the underneath side will look like.

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