Originally Posted by ammorgan
Is there a magical formula for figuring out how much ribbon you need for your surround loops? I'm using the Bowdabra to do my bows, so I'm not sure if I need the same length of ribbon as I would use if I was freehanding a boutique bow or not.
Ideally what I'm trying to do is like a boutique bow, a surround loop, then a smaller basic or boutique bow on top.
Ideally I would like to be able to see all 3 prints. The one tutorial I found, it looks like you can't really see the bottom ribbon, which I would like to be able to do.
ETA-I bought 1.5 in, 5/8 and 3/8 ribbons
I have not used Bowdabra yet, but I think there is no such magical formula. I had a formula for surround bows when I started to make bows but it turned out that I do not like the way it looks. Now I use far less ribbon for it coz I like when it nearly touches the upper bow.Most things like that depends on personal preference so what I would do is experiment until you find the right size. I always use the "ugly" colored ribbons that I bought earlier in ribbon packs. So it does not make me feel I am wasting my nice ribbons.