I’ll let the cat out of the bag right away–it’s a rake! I first got inspired when seeing a pin on Pinterest on how to make a double bow with a fork. I thought, “if I can make small ones I should be able to make big ones, too!” And the not-yet famous leaf rake burlap bow was born! The bows come out even and straight every time. AND you do not have to hold it together while making it.
Read written directions below or scroll further down the page for a video (which you can also watch on YouTube).
Cut about three yards of burlap or other material, four or five inches wide. Fold the end in half, so you get the beginning of a 2″-2.5″ wide strip or fabric.
Burlap cutting tip: To keep from ending up with a frayed mess, first pull one strand out of your burlap fabric. You then have a convenient guide for cutting straight across, reducing fraying and mess.
Avoiding-burlap-cutting tip: Use burlap ribbon instead.
Imagine your leaf rake prongs in four sections…about 1/4 each, two on each side of the center. Folding the burlap strip as you go, begin weaving the burlap through those sections. Over-under, like “basket weaving 101.”
Weave back and forth for a total of five rows. The “tails” should be on opposite sides of the rake when you are done.
Next, tie the center together by threading a strip of burlap through the space between the two center prongs. Tie it vertically around all five rows, pulling tightly to cinch the fabric. Construction of your bow is now complete, albeit still on the rake and face down.
To remove the bow, bend the rake prongs and gently but firmly slide each bow loop off the rake.
Primp it. You can arrange them so they are stacked on top of one another (as in the left bows below) or spread out (like on the right). Optionally, cut a triangle from each of the bow ends to make it look more decorative. I show you how to do that in the video.
Burlap Tip: To minimize shedding, spray the bow with matte Mod Podge (it comes in a spead-on liquid, too but that’s too messy for me!)