Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tutorial :: Sewing Basics :: Fabric Bow

I add bows to almost everything I make. I love wearing bows in my hair as well. In this super easy tutorial I'm going to show you how to make a fabric bow. You can make them any size you like (the length measurement should always be 1 inch longer than the height measurement). These fabric bows can be sewn onto a garment or purse, or hot glued onto a barrette backing to make a hair bow.

You will need:

Fabric of your choice (scraps and ties work great)
Measuring Tape
Craft Fuse

Measure out the bow on the fabric. You can make them any size. The length measurement should always be 1 inch longer than the height measurement. In this tutorial my bow is 7 inches long by 6 inches high. Cut 2.

Measure out the center piece of the bow. The center piece measurement is 5 inches tall by 2 inches wide. This center piece size should work for most bows. Cut 1.

Cut one piece of Craft Fuse (heavy duty iron on interfacing) to the measurements of the bow.

Iron the Craft Fuse to the wrong side of one piece of the bow.

Pin the bow pieces together, right sides together.

Stitch around the outside edge of the bow pieces. Make sure to leave a turning hole.

Use your pinking shears or scissors to clip the corners of the bow and remove any excess seam allowance. Make sure you don't clip the stitches.

Turn the bow right side out. Use your iron to press the seams of the bow flat.

Stitch around the outside of the bow. This will close the turning hole and give the bow a more finished look.

Fold the center piece of the bow in half width wise and pin.

Stitch down the length of the bow center piece. Turn right side out.

Press the center piece of the bow with the seam in the center of the back of the piece.

Find the center of the bow and use a running stitch to gather the bow. Wrap the excess thread around the bow a few times to secure the gathers.

Wrap the center piece of the bow around the center of the bow where the gathers are. Stitch the center piece together.

Voila! Now you're done! You just made yourself a super cute fabric bow. Get creative with these bows. Use an old tie for fabric, use up the scraps in your scrap box or even use an old t-shirt. The possibilities are endless. Make yourself a bow army and stitch those suckers to anything that will sit still long enough!

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