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.

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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.

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
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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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Gadzooks!

For a limited time, you can get my Fingerless Gloves pattern for free! Click the image to get your pattern:

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Happy Halloween!!

pumpkins_darkEvery year I watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and carve pumpkins! This is my collection of foam pumpkins (aka Funkins). My goal is to someday have a whole army of them!

pumpkins_lightHere they are unlit.

eyeball_pumpkin_02This year I carved this googly eyed fellow.

eyeball_pumpkinHere he is lit up.

moth_02And I also caved this Death’s Head Hawkmoth.

Death's-head_Hawkmoth_jackolanternQuid pro quo, Clarice!

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How to Make a Pixie Skirt – DiY Fashion Tutorial

This is a step by step tutorial for how to sew a pixie skirt, also known as a handkerchief hem or a square circle skirt. If you already know how to make a circle skirt, this one is even easier!

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This version features a different waistband style from my original circle skirt tutorial, which is more suitable for wearing at your natural waist and/or for people with a large waist-to-hip ratio.

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You can use any type of fabric for this tutorial, woven or knit. My example skirt has two layers, but you can do a single layer if you prefer! I’ll show you how to determine how much fabric you need and what to do if your fabric isn’t wide enough to cut the skirt in one seamless piece.  

I’ll also show how to do the math the old fashioned way, but if you want you can skip that part and download my FREE circle skirt template here.

how_to_make_witch_skirtPaired with my mini witch hat tutorial, you’re well on your way to a spooktacular DiY Halloween costume!

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