How to Tie a Pew Bow

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How to Tie a Pew Bow
Use your pew bows to decorate the reception after the wedding. (wedding image by Mat Hayward from

Pew bows add a touch of elegance during a baptism, communion, confirmation or wedding. Although you can purchase ready-made pew bows from most arts and crafts stores, they will be much more expensive than purchasing the materials to make the bow. With just a few tools, you can quickly and easily make you own homemade pew bow for any occasion. And, of course, they can be used for much more than pews--for example, they can add decoration to the back of chairs, or hang on the wooden fence posts for an outdoor wedding/party.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Silk, or real, flowers--for a wedding, match the flowers with the bridal bouquet
  • 7-inch wide organza sash
  • 18-inch spool of ribbon--for a wedding, match with bridal colour theme
  • Pew clips and/or clear fishing line

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  1. 1

    Cut the stems of your flowers so they are a foot long. Keep in mind that if you want to use real flowers, this will need to be assembled the morning of the wedding.

  2. 2

    Cut the organza ribbon sash so it is 4 1/2 ft. in length.

  3. 3

    Lay the organza on a clean, flat surface. Place the stem of the flowers on the very middle of the organza. Tie the organza into a tight knot on the flower stems, about 1 inch from the bottom of the blooms.

  4. 4

    Tie the organza into a simple bow (see Tips). The loops of the bow should each be about 8 inches long.

  5. 5

    Tie the ribbon into a knot in between the organza and the base of the blooms.

  6. 6

    Tie the tails from the ribbon around the knot of the organza. Then tie the ribbon into a small bow (see Tips). The ribbon will overlap on top of the larger organza bow.

  7. 7

    Slide fishing line through the back knot of the ribbon to attach to the back of chairs, fence posts, gazebo posts, pews etc. For extra support, slide the front of a pew clip through the back of the ribbon, where the ribbon is knotted. The pew clip is then attached the church's pew ends.

Tips and warnings

  • Tying a simple bow:
  • Tie organza into a knot around the flower stem, under the blooms. Fold 6 inches of the organza over to form one loop to the right of the knot. Do the same to the organza material to the left of the knot. Cross the left loop over the right, creating a hole in between the two loops. Then pull the left loop through the middle of loops. The left loop will now be on the right and the right loop will now be on the left. Pull on the loops to tighten. Adjust the loops as necessary so they are even.
  • Repeat this with the ribbon from Step 6. However, only fold over 3 inches of the ribbon to form your loops on either side of the knot.

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