Fabric bows are addictive – Let me warn you before you start making them. Make one and all your scraps will become bows. That is called ‘the curse of the bows’.Yes, I have been reading too many Victoria Holts.
These cute Bows are feminine – there is no denying that; they take the most masculine garment or accessory and turn them to CUTE . And once you have learned to make them you find yourself adding them to all of your things – and other’s things too if they allow it.
There are so many ways of making gorgeous bows – I have listed 7 easy ways here.
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Simple fabric bow
To make a simple bow you need a piece of cloth which is 6 inches in length and 3 inches in width. Finish the 3 inch sides with a tuned under finish. You can also leave it as it is if you donot mind the frayed look at the back of the bow. Fold the fabric by the center fold, right sides together. Stitch along the edge, the edges together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn the fabric tube right side out.
Now arrange the seam to the back so that your bow front will not have a seam edge. Bring the short edges together one edge overlapping the other. Pin together. If you want you can use a needle and thread to tighten the middle.
Make a fabric loop with a small piece of fabric or use ribbon to wrap round the middle.
Stacked ribbon Bow
The Stacked ribbon bow is another very easy to make bow. This is made with two pieces of ribbon, 10 inches and 7 inches in length. You can reduce the length or increase. Bring together the edges of the ribbon together and stitch in place. I made a quick basting stitch in my sewing machine. Stack the two ribbons shorter on top of the longer one.
Stitch in place. Make a small fabric loop with another piece of fabric and stitch together at the back to complete the ribbon bow.
Perfect Bows without handstitched seams
If you have this gorgeous fabric to make bows and you are not so confident of your hand stitching skills – Donot worry. This method is suitable for making bows with heavy fabrics as well.You get perfect square bows with this easy method
Cut one piece of fabric which is a 7″ square. Then cut two fabrics 4 inches wide and 7 inches long.
Stitch the smaller fabrics together ( right sides together) on one 7″ side, leaving a 1 inch gap in the middle, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance
Now you will get a piece of fabric ( 7 inch square) with a small opening
Keep this piece on top of the first 7 inch square you have. Stitch all around them together. All the four sides.
Now you just have to bring the right side of the piece through the opening you have.You have a square shaped piece of fabric. This is your bow piece.
Now you just have to gather the middle of this piece to make the bow. I have used golden twine to tie the middle of the bow. It is your call. Use whatever you have.
Checkout the tutorial for making giant bows for one more method to make a bow like this
Grosgrain bows are those small cute bows you see on hair accessories. They are also super easy to make. Cut grosgrain ribbon 3 inches. Just bring the edges together and tie with a 1/4 inch satin ribbon.
A winged bow has a slightly angled shape. I have made a bow which measures 6 inches. To make this bow Just cut the pattern as given below and stitch the sides after folding them by the center. Leave a 1″ space unstitched to turn it rightside out. Make a loop and attach it . The winged bow is ready.
Easy Buckle bow
This is a cheat bow.Make a fabric rectangle by folding a fabric piece of 8 inches and 6 inches by half, right sides together. Stitch the fabric edges together on the long side. Turn this rectangle right side out.Stitch the sides by top stitching or an invisible hand stitching. Slide in the buckle. You have an easy bow.
To make this bow Take a piece of ribbon about 8 – 10 inches long. Join the ends together by stitching the edges right sides together.
Arrange it so that the seam is in the center and the ribbon folds on either side. Pin the two layers together at the center. Now manipulate the two sides so that you have two folds on either side, one in an angle to the other. Pin in place again. Using a hand needle and thread stitch the folds in place. Place a flower or button in the center.
You can checkout different ways to make bows with ribbons here