How to make a basic fabric bow

As a distraction from Lincraft 1/2 price fabric sales, I made some of these small bows. I’m looking to add them to some hair clips later. Or maybe a bag/pouch…whichever I get the motivation to do first 😛

Step 1.  Decide what size you want your bow and cut fabric to width and about twice that length plus about 20 mm for edges.

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I normally just guesstimate these things, but since I wanted more than one of the same size, I did do some measuring. I kinda worked backwards though, since I had some 140 mm wide fabric left over from the hanfu collars. So my rectangle was 140mm x 45mm to make a bow of about 65mm x 40mm.

Step 2. Fold in about 10mm from each end and then fold in half, like so:

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Step 3. Sew the long edges together to form a pouch with the wrong side out. Then turn it right side out, so the seams are on the inside.

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Use something pointy to make the corners turn out sharply.

Step 4. Sew the open end together using a ladder stitch.

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Step 5. Pleat the middle 6 times to form the bow shape. Put a stitch in the middle to keep the shape.

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Step 6. Time to make the middle strip! You can use pre-made bias tape or craft ribbon. Again, I had spare fabric lying around that I wanted to use.

Cut a piece of fabric 4 times the width and length of what you want the centre strip to be. This did purely by guesswork so I have no measurements ^^v

Fold in the sides lengthwise to meet in the middle. Then fold the sides widthwise to meet in the middle. Put the bow across the strip of fabric.

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Fiddle with the edges so that the strip goes around the bow nicely and secure into a loop with ladder stitch.

Step 7. Decide which side you want to be the front, puff up the sides of the bow a bit and you’re done!

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Now they are ready to decorate your next project!

Update:

I have added the bows to some basic hair clips with glue.

By these powers combined!

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