Monday, May 16, 2011

Fabric Bows

I tend to have an outrageous stash of fabric scraps lying around. I'm not really sure why I insist on keeping them all. Here's a simple little project that uses those pesky little scraps of fabric that tend to pile up.

To make two bows I started off with four pieces of scraps. I cut these scraps to measure 2" x 3 1/2".

For one bow, take two pieces of scraps and lay them right sides together.

Draw an oval(ish) shape onto the wrong side of your scrap. I used a fabric marker, but anything will do.

Sew around the outline you just made, but be sure to leave an inch opening on one side. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.

Trim the excess off the entire oval and cut notches into the rounded edges you just sewed.

Turn your oval inside out, using the opening that was left unsewn. Use a pencil (if needed) to make sure your rounded edges come out nice and round.

It should look something like this.

Next, take another scrap piece. This one measuring about 2" x 3".

Fold in half, right sides together and sew all the way along the cut edge.

Turn inside out. From this point I'll be calling this piece the "tube".

Here are your two pieces you should have to make 1 bow.

Now pinch the center of your oval piece together to create your bow shape.

Take your tube and wrap it around the center of your bow.

At this point you can glue or handstitch your tube so it's attached and secured around the bow. I just machine stitched it and cut off the excess scraps. As you can see the tube attachment will be unfinished, but I'm gluing it to a hairclip so it doesn't bother me this way.

Now glue to a hairclip and it's done.

My measurements were for smaller bows. Play around with it and see all the different sizes you can make.

Thanks for visiting today and checking out my post!


  1. I love if I only had a little girl to make them for!! You are so great Steph. I wish I was there to learn from your crafty mojo goodness!

  2. Very cute! I had made some rectangular ones, but I love the oval idea!

  3. Cute idea - thanks so much for sharing. :)

  4. Too too cute! I am having a bow-making day today, and I will give your tutorial a try!

  5. Super cute, I really like those!


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