A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: CHRISTMAS PREP WEEK Kickoff with Bowdabra

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18 November 2013

CHRISTMAS PREP WEEK Kickoff with Bowdabra

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Christmas Prep week has been sponsored by Bowdabra!
 These holiday posts could not happen without their support and your visits. THANK YOU!

Now I know you are thinking -- what the heck!  She thinks she is REDUCING my stress by talking about Christmas already?!?  COME ON.  Back to reality bloggers!  Hang with me though, ok?  This week, I am bringing you projects that are going to reduce your stress LATER in the season.  We are going to take care of those little things you always want to get done, but forget -- those STRESSFUL things that creep up on you at the last second and then WHAM BAM TOO LATE.  No time for Christmas pictures.  No time for pretty wrappings.  The advent calendar?  We are already a week away from Christmas by the time we think of it -- forget it!

Instead of that harried, crazed scenario, let's take a deep breath and take our time with some simple Christmas prep that will make the season a little brighter and a little less stressed, shall we?  Today we start off by doing bows in bulk.  You see, I love wrapping presents in cheap kraft paper, fabric scraps or any other upcycled material I can find, but I don't want my presents to LOOK upcycled.  Therefore -- AWESOME BOWS.

Green Grosgrain Ribbon - CLICK to VIEW or purchase
PERFECT bows, made from REAL material.  
REAL ribbon -- REAL fabric -- LOVELY textures.

HOW to make them perfect?

Yes, you read that correctly.
The name is Bowdabra.

Silly name or no, the Bowdabra can take a bunch of scrap ribbon and fabric and in about 20 minutes, you have a bowl of bows.

No really.

I hit up the remnant section of my local Walmart and sometimes Hancock fabric or Joanns and buy the bags of leftover ribbon and fabrics.  A bag costs a dollar or two and you will get a boatload of bows out of it.  I even went a little further and made some gifts -- a tulle pin, fabric bow and even some fun black Halloween tassels for next year!

Back to Christmas though...

To make a bow out of fabric scraps, you are going to make strips of cut or ripped fabric, about 6 inches long.

Lay a contrasting piece of fabric longways in the bowdabra, then layer polka dot strips on top.
After 5-6 layers, pull the red fabric up to tie a knot and secure the strips of fabric.

Puff out the ribbon a little and you have the perfect little bow for a rustic gift wrapping!

Want to go even MORE rustic?  Try twine for a farmhouse wrapping:

...or just stick with a glitter bow.  
Whatever floats your Christmas boat!

Need a bit more illustration?

The key to using the Bowdabra is to make sure you press down the layers tightly with the long piece provided.

It cinches down the layers creating that *perfect* bow shape!  
Here is how:

bowdabra amy_renea for Crafts Unleashed Darice on Make A Gif

The Bowdabra and supplies are available at most craft stores including Jo-Ann Fabric, Michaels, Walmart and other online retailers.

...or HEY...why don't we just GIVE you one!
Enter to win below!

...and if you think I was joking at a bowl full of bows...
well...just look closely at our series title photo:


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If you liked this tutorial, then you might love the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!


Tracie Gulit Monday, November 18, 2013  

I would make bows, bows and bows for my little Madisyn... she needs a little more pizzaz for her pony tails!

Amy Renea Monday, November 18, 2013  

yes yes yes! me too Tracie! So excited for my little girl to get a TIN bit more hair to hold bows!

donnaing Monday, November 18, 2013  

I would make tons of bows out of all the fabric that I have been "hoarding" umm, I mean saving and decorate a Christmas wreath with them.
What a great tool.

Brenda Monday, November 18, 2013  

Fabric bows are so fun!

Susie Buetow Tuesday, November 19, 2013  

We LOVE this bowl full of bows in 20 minutes. What a super idea! We are featuring you on our Bowdabra Blog http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/11/18/10-bowdabra-prize-pack-giveaways-and-crafty-projects/ and will be sharing your project all over our Social Media Channels! Good luck with the giveaway and you make using the Mini Bowdabra look so easy!

Susie @Bowdabra

Summer Tuesday, November 19, 2013  

I absolutely love these! I think the bowdabra is amazing!! I love making bows but hadn't thought to try the mini bowdabra. I'm inspired now"

Jeanie Hevener Tuesday, November 19, 2013  

I have a huge basket full of ribbon and my first granddaughter will arrive in February....hmmm!

bowdabra Tuesday, November 19, 2013  

I love your post!!! It is so awesome to see how extremely creative gals us the bowdabra!!!

Sandy Sandler, creator of the bowdabra

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