What you will need to make a Crossover Cheerleading Bow
72cm of 75mm grosgrain ribbon
72cm of 38mm grosgrain ribbon
72cm of 9mm silver grosgrain ribbon
8cm of 9mm ribbon to co-ordinate
Pony tail holder (pony o)
Double sided tape in size 6mm and 24mm (Kikusui tape or DS670 fillet tape)
Cheerleading Bow Instructions
Tie off string (I use organza but you can also use stranded cotton or needle and thread)
Large alligator clip with teeth (any clip with teeth will do)
Wood Burning Tool (a lighter or tea light candle will work too)
How to layer the grosgrain ribbons
Run a strip of 6mm double side tape along the length of the 9mm ribbon. In my case the silver ribbon.
Remove the cover to expose the sticky side of the tape.
Position the tape through the centre of the 38mm ribbon. Run your finger along the ribbon to make sure the two ribbons are stuck together.
Now turn the 38mm ribbon over and place 24mm double sided tape through the centre. If you only have smaller width double sided tape run a piece along the top of the ribbon and one along the bottom.
Remove the backing tape to expose the sticky side of the tape.
Position the tape through the centre of the 75mm ribbon. Run your finger along the ribbon to make sure the two ribbons are stuck together.
How to fold the cheerleading bow
Mark or place pins at 15cm, 36cm and 57cm.
Bring the first and last pin together bringing the left over the right. Use the pin on the left to push through the right side to make a pivot point. Remove the pin behind the ribbon. To make each bow consistent I like to make the ribbons sit at 90 degrees. I like to use an alligator clip (with teeth) to stop position moving.
Bring the pin from the back towards the front and push the front pin through the point where the back pin is and remove the back pin.
It does look a big wonky at this stage but don’t be concerned. Measure off approximately 30cm of organza (or other tie off material). Put it through the middle of the gatorbite. If sewing get your needle and thread ready.
Position the gatorbite through the centre of the bow. My bow is a bit big but as long as you are careful it should not cause any problems.
Flip the gatorbite over and tie tightly. If you look closely you will see that I tie the organza with an extra loop round. So you would do left over right pull one side through and then take that piece and make it go around and under again. This makes for a really tight knot. Then do another single knot to secure it.
Remove the gatorbite and cut off the organza. Not too close.
Flip it over. Now you have folded your Cheerbow.
How to attach an elastic band (pony o) and centre ribbon
Have the bow facing down
Place a dob of hot glue on the back and gently press the pony tail holder into the glue and wait a little for the glue to cool and set.
Heat seal one end of the 9mm ribbon.
Place some hot glue on the end of the ribbon that you just sealed.
Place the ribbon over the pony tail holder as pictured.
Flip the bow over and pull the 9mm ribbon through the tails of the bow towards the front. Place a little bead of hot glue over the organza.
Bring the 9mm ribbon over the top and flip the bow over. Cut off any excess ribbon and heat seal. Add a bit more glue on the 9mm ribbon and press gently onto the bow.
How to do a V-cut in the tails of the Cheerleading Bow
Hold one tail in your hands and fold in half.
Cut the ribbon on an angle of about 45 degrees. If you don’t think it is deep enough you can take off a little more. Heat seal the cuts to stop the ribbon from fraying.
Now you have your first Cheerleading Bow using our Cheerleading Bow Instructions. Well done!