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Knitting adventures

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:

No more estimating tail length for a long tail CO

Knitters be geniuses!

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How to Sew Fabric Bows – DIY Fashion Tutorial Video

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.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!  There are lots more tutorials on the way.

how to sewing fabric hair bows

Click here for the video tutorial
or continue reading for the text/photo version of the tutorial.

This tutorial was filmed using a Creative Labs Vado HD Digital Video Camera, a Canon Rebel (for still shots), and edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio.

I made the iridescent blue/pink bow from this awesome fabric from WholePort.com!

Ready? Here we go!

Tools and Materials

  • scrap fabric – my example measures 10″ x 12″.
  • 6″ length of ribbon – 3/8″ wide to 3/4″ wide for this size bow. (Thinner or thicker ribbon might be more appropriate for smaller or larger bows.)
    You can use grosgrain, satin, etc. It’s up to you.
  • scissors
  • high temp glue gun
  • sewing machine or serger
  • binder clip or clothespin
  • fastener of choice: alligator, snap clip, or bobby pin for hair accessories, pinback for a brooch

Step 1

Step 1
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.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 2
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 ›

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How to Sew a Ruffle Scarf – DiY Gift Tutorial

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.

scarf_vidThis tutorial works best if you have a serger, but it can be done without one, your results will just be slightly different.

scarf1You’ll need at least 1/3 yard of fabric (58-60″ wide) for one scarf. It’s always a good idea to buy a little extra, so I’d buy 1/2 a yard to be safe.

ruff2Click here for the video tutorial.

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