Monday, March 22, 2010

fabric bow tutorial

This might be one of my favorite scrap buster projects. It is so easy and quick (it took me less than 20 minutes and that was stopping to take pictures!). This time I added the fabric bow to a headband for Sutton. Click on the pictures to make them bigger.

1. Cut a rectangle of fabric. Mine was 4"x7". The 4" measurement is the width of the bow. Adjust the dimensions to get the desired size of bow.
2. Fold your rectangle in half, wrong sides together. Stitch along the edges leaving a couple inches open for turning.
3. Clip corners.
4. Turn square right side out and press. Topstitch the opening closed.

5. Accordion fold your square adjusting as needed till it looks right.
6. Dab a bit of hot glue in the folds and squeeze.

7. Cut a 2.25"x5" strip of fabric (the length isn't really important two or three inches would probably be okay).
8. Fold the strip lengthwise and sew creating a fabric tube.
9. Turn right side out and press with the seam in the center back.
10. Wrap and glue strip around bow.

11. If you are just making a bow, you are now done!
12. If you are adding the bow to a headband, glue and wrap tail of strip around headband, pulling taught.
13. Trim the tail, fold raw edge under and glue.
14. You could also glue or hand sew onto a clip.


TLF said...

Love it!

Our Beautiful Life said...

Awesome! Thank you so much! I can't tell you long I've wanted to know how to do this! :)

chris said...

Simple and effective. Sutton looks fabulous.

Tasha said...

I seriously love love LOVE this. And what a great way to make a bow tie too :) So fabulous. Simple and perfect. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Dolores said...

Awe, it's adorable. I would totally rock a polka-dot bow headband any day.

Jennifer said...

Erin, these are so cute. I have so many scraps that finally have a purpose!

Twiggles and Trunks said...

yay yay yay yay!!! i was going to email you & ashley @make it & love it, to see if either of you had a tut for these.

Jen @ said...

So cute. I love the polka dots!


Melissa Stover said...

i love easy sewing tutorials. i'm tumbling your post so i'll remember to try this.

SJ said...

So cute! If there was even a slight chance my little one would keep this on for more than 30 seconds, I would be sewing instead of typing right now. As it is, I will have to wait until she has a little more patience for girlie hair doodads.

Kim said...

It's adorable on your cutie! You make it look so easy. :)

Unknown said...

Your little girl's name is Sutton?
I LOVE that!
Our last name is Sutton and I keep telling everyone I know who is pregnant that it would be a FABULOUS name!
: )

I haven't given up yet...maybe one day I'll have a grandchild named Sutton. Maybe I ought to have babies before I plan for grandkids! : )

Love the bow.
Adding your blog to my reader.
: )


Unknown said...

Ok, its almost midnight my time (eastern) and here I sit seeing ALL of your lovely bow pictures. Guess whatever the pic problem was it is now all cleared I LOVE your blog even more. Love thy Earth, Anna

Crystal said...

I must make one.....A.S.A.P!! Too adorable!

Karen said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I linked to it on my blog as inspiration for simple dress embellishements.


Anonymous said...

Someone gave my daughter some bows with a headband the other day. They had added a small piece of elastic to the back of the bow so you could interchange them and would only need a couple of headbands.


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