Instructions for How to Tie Ribbon Bows for Curtain Tiebacks

RIbbons make inexpensive curtain tiebacks. Imagine pink satin ribbon on eyelet curtains in a girl's room or grosgrain ribbons on gingham curtains in a country kitchen. Interesting designer ribbons, trimmed with fringe and beads, work in the most elegant rooms. Tie your ribbons correctly and your bows will lie at the correct angle and have even loops and pretty centers.

Change your ribbon tiebacks with the seasons.

Step 1

Tie the ribbon around the curtain to determine the desired height of the tieback. Mark this height on the inside of the window frame with a pencil.

Step 2

Measure the length of the ribbon that goes around the curtain. Add 30 times the width of the ribbon to this measurement. For example if your ribbon is 1 inch wide add 30 inches. Untie the ribbon and cut it this length.

Step 3

Thumbtack the center of the ribbon to the window frame at the mark you made earlier.

Step 4

Bring the ribbon around the curtain. Cross the end that went behind the curtain over the end that went in front and tie a loose knot. Pull the ribbon snugly around the curtain. The end of the ribbon on the left side will stick out the top of the knot. The end on the right side will stick out the bottom.

Step 5

Make the first loop of the bow with the end of the ribbon on the right side. Make the folded loop four times as long as the width of the ribbon. Point the folded end of the loop toward the left.

Step 6

Wrap the other end of the ribbon straight down over this loop. This forms a smooth knot in the center of the bow. Pull the ribbon around and behind the first loop to make the second loop of the bow. This part is just like tying a bow in your shoelaces.

Step 7

Adjust the loops until they are the same size. Pull both loops at the same time to tighten the bow. Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle.

Camela Bryan

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.