Bow Tie Paper Clips







I used fabric scraps, stiffener, large paper clips, a scissors, an iron, twist ties (or wire), and a hot glue gun.

Apply stiffener to your scraps (learn more here) and iron them flat. Cut three pieces for each bow in roughly these sizes:
Bow: 4.5" x 0.75"
Tails: 3.5" x 0.75"
Center band: 1.5" x 0.25" 

Form the longest strip into a loop, overlapping the ends generously. Then pinch down at the center to form a bow shape. The nifty thing about the stiffened fabric is that the edges won’t fray, and it will keep its shape as you bend it around. If you don’t like the bow you made, iron the fabric flat and start over.

Pinch the “tail” strip in the center the same way. Yank it around some and show it who’s boss.

Then attach the bow to the tails using a piece of wire. I cut the green paper edges off twist ties I’d once pilfered from the grocery store. Worked great. Twist the wire tightly to secure it and clip off the excess.

Use the tiny remaining strip of fabric to attach the bow to the paper clip. Trim it as needed and wrap it around the bow and clip, and securing it with a bit of hot glue.

Trim the tails to the length you like.

– by Jessica Jones (http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com)

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