I’ve been hunting the internet for a bow pattern that would be simple, quick and above all not using hot glue (As great as that stuff is, I find it very annoying when your hard work unravels in front of your eyes)!
I’ve found many that have a mix of using both sewing and glue and most were for hair pins and grips which was not what I was after, so I’ve tested a few, changed them a bit and combined a few steps together to build my own take on the bow making craze.
I hope it makes sense, please let me know if there’s any steps that are unclear, also forgive the poor pictures, phone camera was all I had to hand at the time!
Hair Bow Tutorial
– Fabric (any will do, but you may want to use fusible interfacing to give the bow a little more oomph if you’re using a thin fabric)
– Hair elastic bands (preferably ones without metal)
– Ruler / Measuring tape / Tailor pen or pencil
– Cotton (I’m using Coats)
– Sewing Machine
Measure and cut two pieces of fabric, for the large bow section you will need to cut a rectangle 25.5cm x 15cm for the centre of the bow cut another rectangle 7.5cm x 5cm. You don’t need that much fabric for this so it’s perfect for any fabric scraps you may have left over.
Taking the larger piece of fabric, fold it in half along the portrait line with the reverse of the fabric on top.
Sew along the edge of the fabric with approx. 5mm seam line so you end up with a fabric tube.
Turn the fabric right side out, you may want to use the end of a pencil to help you force the fabric the right way around.
Flatten and iron to ensure crisp edges as it will try to be a round tube unless you force it into nice flat submission!
Now we’ll make the double loops by making a circle of fabric. Taking one end, fold approximately 5mm of fabric into the tube, this will ensure you have a nice finish when you sew the two ends together.
You can use an iron to press the seam ends if they are not co-operating, once folded take the other end of the fabric slot it into the gap by approximately 5mm.
Pin it in place, with the pins on the inside, for those that don’t use sewing machines often, if you pin sideways to the area you want to sew your machine can sew over them without disrupting your run.
Now the most fiddly bit with the machine, we want to sew along the pinned edge but not the top of the opposite of the loop, so to do this place your fabric under the foot of your machine and gently pull the top of the loop down so you can see as you stitch. Once around half way, push the top loop up and forward so you can see the foot. Don’t forget to back stitch at the start and end of the run to lock the thread.
Once trimmed and completed, flatten the loop with the stitch line in the centre and place to one side.
For the middle loop, take the smaller piece of fabric and like the larger piece, fold in half along the portrait line. Sew along the edge with approx 5mm seam line. You will now need to turn the fabric the right way round exactly like the other piece.
Use the end of a pencil or tweezers to help if you find this a little too fiddly. As with the larger piece of fabric, iron flat as it will curl into a tube!
Place the fabric through the hair tie, and place the edges of the fabric together.
Final bit of sewing here, sew a straight line across the top of the joined seams, you can use a straight line, zigzag. Turn the loop inside out so the stitching line is on the inside of the loop.
Taking the large piece of fabric, fold in half along the landscape line, with the seam on top.
Fold the top fold again back up, flip over and do the same for the other side, like a concertina.
Holding the folds in place, you now need to insert the fabric into the smaller fabric loop. Try and keep the smaller loop seam along the bottom so it stays at the rear of the bow.
Pull until the small fabric loop is directly over the larger fabrics centre seam. Once in position fluff up the edges until the bow is nicely spread. DONE!!
Would love feedback on how you found this tutorial and if there’s any steps that you need further clarity or doesn’t make sense because I’ve explained it badly please give me a shout!
Hope you all have a great Bank Holiday!
Until next time….