Medallion Bow

The medallion shape, pleated and flattened, evokes the pageantry of parade bunting and the pride of winning first prize. This bow can be easily made into a boutonniere by attaching a pin to the back.


The Tools

  • Ribbon
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue


Make a series of accordion folds (we used 1-inch folds), holding the folds in place with your fingers while you’re working. Finish with both ends of the ribbon facing the same direction. Thread a needle and knot it, leaving a 1-inch tail. Pass the needle and thread through the layers, centered horizontally and slightly above the edge.


Bring ends of thread together and knot them, close to the ribbon. Cut off any excess thread. Glue ends of the ribbon together, covering the knot. Shift the folds so they’re evenly spaced.


Press the center of the bow to flatten it, rotating the folds in one direction.