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How to make pew bows with organza

Updated April 17, 2017

Decorating a church for a wedding can be difficult, depending on your church's rules. Some churches do not allow candles, and flowers can be expensive. Create your own organza bows for an elegant but cost-effective look. Organza is a sheer fabric ribbon that works well in making bows for pews because the material holds a shape well. A simple bow will work, but you can tie a more elaborate bow if you have the skill. When you create a pew bow, make oversized loops and leave long, flowing tails.

Cut a piece of organza 2.7 m (9 feet) long for each pew bow. If you are creating a more elaborate bow or want longer tails, you may need a longer piece of ribbon. If you are unsure of how long your ribbon should be, start with a 2.7 m (9 feet) piece, create the bow and see how it looks against the pew. If it seems too short, cut a piece 1/2 m (a couple of feet) longer and try again.

Hold the organza in the centre of the length. You can do this by either measuring and finding the exact middle or you can fold the ribbon in half, matching the ends to find the middle.

Tie the bow just as you would tie a shoelace.

Adjust the bow loops by gently pulling the organza as needed to make the loops smaller or larger. Then pull the bow tight by grasping one side in each hand and pulling in opposite directions.

Add the faux tails. Take another piece of organza equal in length to what you used in the bow. Wrap it over the knot of the bow and tie it in place. The organza should hang downward and lie flush with the pew, not twisted and knotted.

Attach a pew clip to each pew. Insert a thin piece of craft wire through the knot of the bow and feed the same wire into the holes on the pew clip. Now the bow is secured to the clip and the clip will attach to the pew without causing any damage.

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Things You'll Need

  • Organza ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pew clip
  • Thin craft wire
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About the Author

Nikki Van De Walle began writing in 2005. She has written articles for Humber College's "Daily Planet" and Guelph-Humber's "Radix." She graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber in 2010 with honors, receiving her Honors Bachelor of Applied Arts in media studies as well as her Diploma in Journalism.