If you follow my Facebook or Twitter, you may have deduced that I’ve been working on my knitting skillz lately. I tried learning a few years ago, but didn’t get past the basics. I’m determined to get further this time!
I just bought yarn for my first “real” project, this lovely cowl, which is a free pattern from madelinetosh.com:
Last night I knit up a gauge swatch, so today I’m ready to get started with the actual cowl. I just had one worry… how do I estimate the right tail length for casting on 220 stitches? Seems like I could easily mess that up and have to pull out 200 stitches when I run out of tail. So I did some googling and found this tutorial from cocoknits.com:
Knitters be geniuses!
This is a quick and easy step by step tutorial for how to sew a fabric bow.
You can turn your bow into a clip / barrette for your hair or a pin / brooch for clothing, bags, etc.
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Click here for the video tutorial
or continue reading for the text/photo version of the tutorial.
Ready? Here we go!
Tools and Materials
Cut a rectangle of fabric twice the width and twice the length of the size of your desired bow. My 10″ x 12″ rectangle of fabric will create a bow that is roughly 5″ x 6″.
If you fold the rectangle in half twice, you can get a good idea of what the end bow size will be.
I use a fairly narrow (1/4″) seam allowance, and I’m not too picky about the bow being slightly smaller than estimated, so I don’t account for seam allowance. If you’re going to use larger seam allowances (1/2″, for example), you may want to account for that when choosing your rectangle size.
Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, lining up the longest sides (in this case, the sides that measure 12″). Pin, if necessary. Read more ›
This scarf is great because it’s easy, quick, and inexpensive to make!
I’m using fleece, but if you’re feeling ballsy, try it with a lighter weight fabric, like jersey knit.