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How to Sew Fabric Bows

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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…