Crafts DIY

How to Make a Simple Bow

December 6, 2011
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These little bows are so simple and fun– I make them all the time. They are so versatile– you can wear them as shoe clips, hair clips, broaches, whatever you want! I’ve also attached them to headbands.

Bows
(Photo from last year when I was obsessively watching Mad Men and attempting the bee hive hairdo. Looks a bit like Marge Simpson if you ask me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

How to Make Simple Bows:
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Step 1: First you need to cut a rectangle of fabric with a little sliver of fabric to set off to the side. The little piece will be the middle of the bow.
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Step 2: Next you need to fold the fabric onto itself, lengthwise.
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Step 3: Now fold the fabric in the other way to to middle. (Hamburger style? ;))
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Step 4: Stitch those bad boys together. Do a running stitch so that you can gather the bow at the center. Make sure you get all of the layers!
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Step 5: With a curling iron, straightener, or iron, press the sides of the little sliver of fabric together. This makes the bow a LOT easier to assemble. Stitch the little pressed slice of fabric around the center of the bow.
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Step 6: All done!
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How to Make Bows

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  • sugarandcloth.com December 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    i am in love with your blog! (and bows)

  • Martha December 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    i love this how-to! this inspired me to make a headband covered in tiny black bows. thank u!

    http://abisouslife.blogspot.com

  • sugarandcloth.com December 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    i am in love with your blog! (and bows)

  • Martha December 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    i love this how-to! this inspired me to make a headband covered in tiny black bows. thank u!

    http://abisouslife.blogspot.com

  • Tsuki aka LittleGrayFox December 10, 2011 at 3:00 am

    well gee if I had known it was that simple, I'd be making bows every day!! thanks for the tutorial! can't wait to try it out

  • Tsuki aka LittleGrayFox December 10, 2011 at 3:05 am

    well gee if I had known it was that simple, I'd be making bows every day!! thanks for the tutorial! can't wait to try it out

  • Jacquie December 15, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I love these! Such an awesome idea… it'll definitely come in handy!

    http://butterflyhollowcreations.blogspot.com/

  • Jacquie December 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I love these! Such an awesome idea… it'll definitely come in handy!

    http://butterflyhollowcreations.blogspot.com/

  • Kate December 17, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I made some with scrap fabric and put it on a hair clip. Everyone commented on how great it was. Thanks!

  • Kate December 17, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I made some with scrap fabric and put it on a hair clip. Everyone commented on how great it was. Thanks!

  • Kate December 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I made some with scrap fabric and put it on a hair clip. Everyone commented on how great it was. Thanks!

  • Janae December 31, 2011 at 1:28 am

    hoe big should i make the rectangle of fabric and the sliver of fabric? i know it depends on what size i want it but i figured i would start with the size you do it and see if i like it.

  • Janae December 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    hoe big should i make the rectangle of fabric and the sliver of fabric? i know it depends on what size i want it but i figured i would start with the size you do it and see if i like it.

  • Stacie Grissom December 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Janae: To make about a 3'' bow, you can have about 9'' of fabric. For the sliver, you can use about a 1.25'' piece of fabric. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope that helps!

  • The Teacup Monster January 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    My cousin made some of these for me for Christmas. I think I want to make some this weekend!

  • The Teacup Monster January 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    My cousin made some of these for me for Christmas. I think I want to make some this weekend!

  • Daphne Lopes April 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I absolutely adore your bow idear! I am doing them for a bow tie! xx

  • Daphne Lopes April 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I absolutely adore your bow idear! I am doing them for a bow tie! xx

  • Daphne Lopes April 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I absolutely adore your bow idear! I am doing them for a bow tie! xx

  • twistedspine July 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    what kind of fabric did you use?

  • Helen Deeds September 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love these bows and you have a great tutorial! I am going to share it with my readers later today!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    http://blueeyedbeautyblogg.blogspot.com

    P.S. I am now following your blog via email!

  • jakpomasle October 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

    i like it!

  • Binal November 17, 2012 at 7:25 am

    very nicely explained and easy to do. Looking forward for more of these…:)

  • cass miller December 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Yay! I've been needing a tutorial exactly like this. Thank you, miss!

  • Alexandra Marie April 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Here's what I came up with http://tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com/2013/04/diy-hair-bow-tutorial.html

  • Emma June 25, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for the nice and easy tutorial! I made a bow in less than 15 minutes and it turned out super cute! Thanks for the post!

  • Scraper September 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial ๐Ÿ˜€
    http://www.scraper.blog.com

  • BreatheEatLive.com November 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Love your pants in your profile photo, you have a great sense of style!

  • Sunnygirl November 29, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Any way to pin it? ๐Ÿ™

  • keevalasvegas February 14, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I used the plain cotton kind. You can find it at craft stores in small quarters called "fat quarters" for like 1$

  • Sambara Moin February 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Interesting website, i read it but i still have a few questions. shoot me an email and we will talk more becasue i may have an interesting idea for you.

    http://www.indussound.net/index/

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  • Eve May 25, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Brilliant, thank you