Thursday, June 23, 2011

How To Make A Simple Bow

**If you have used this tutorial or any others by Pink Stitches, please post your pictures on the Pink Stitches Flickr Group! I'd love to see your beautiful creations and feature some of my favorite projects!**

I just love girly stuff! Bows are right at the top of my list. I use them for everything! Today, I'm going to show you how to make your own.

You will need:
- Scraps of fabric measuring at least 4" by 6" (you can make smaller or larger bows, these measurements are just my preference)
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Needle and thread
- Liquid Stitch (optional)

First, cut your scraps into a 4" by 6" rectangle.

Fold your rectangle in half, width wise. You're going to sew along the top and one side edge, using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Clip your corners and turn right side out.

Fold in the raw edge.

Top stitch along both side edges and press.

With your spare scraps, cut another rectangle about 1" by 2".

Fold this piece in half length-wise.

Fold your main bow piece accordian style. I use three folds in my bows.

Wrap the smaller scrap around the center of your bow.

Now grab your needle and thread and hand stitch the center strip from the backside of the bow.

If you're going to sew a safety pin to the back, do not cut off the thread yet. Just keep sewing the pin on and then tie off.

If you want and easier way or are looking to glue these bows to some hair clips, just use some liquid stitch to adhere the center strip to your bow. Don't worry, it dries clear!

Then just glue them to an alligator clip with a piece of felt.

Now make a hundred more and have fun with it!

You can use them for ANYTHING! I like to put them in my hair, attach them to plain shirts and sweaters, cuten up some belts, and they even look adorable on necklaces. If you're lucky enough to have a baby girl, these are perfect for little girls too!

Hope you enjoy! And here is some eye candy that I got on my birthday. I finally got my hands on the DS Hope Valley collection!! I want to make a quilt for my bed with these (hopefully).

And I couldn't help myself with some polka dots and some scooter Echino fabric *swoon*

Don't forget to enter my birthday giveaway for a chance to win this cute little zippered pouch. Deadline is friday at midnight!

Linking up to these great parties!


  1. love that hope valley. i've got to make some of those bows for my little miss s...

  2. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! Those bows are too cute!!

  3. I love that scooter fabric.
    And the bows are adorable. I'll be making a bunch soon.

  4. Thanks for sharing the tut !!! The quilt will definitely turn out great with this fabric line!!! And that echino.... I'm jealous!!!!
    I think I'll give them a try!!
    Happy Friday!!

  5. Thanks for this I have been wondering how to make these! :)

  6. what a great scrapbuster and so many uses!
    I would love to have you share this at our kids & family themed link party :: PLAYDATE....


  7. I am so glad I've found you and this tutorial. I've gotten to you through I love naptime's link party. I love these bows!!!. I have 2 little girls and would love to have some of these to put on some hairbands and clips!

    I'm following you now and would love if you'd do me the honors of following me back!!

  8. Thank you for this easy to understand tutorial! I have been wanting to make some bows for my little!

  9. Lovely tutorial for those gorgeous bows! Great project for me to try with my girls these school holidays!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. This is a fabulous tutorial! I love the stitching. I'd love to have you post this on my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at I'm your newest follower!

  11. Fun! Great idea and they look so cute!

  12. Cute Bows! Please come and share this at our link party:

  13. These are great! May have to give them a go...

  14. So pretty! They would look great as shoe clips! (found you via Running with Glitter)

  15. Thanks for sharing! Newest follower!

  16. Too bad I don't have a daughter... :( Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  17. This is perfect! Now my daughter's hairbows can really match her skirt! Thanks!

  18. These are utterly fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial which I'm definitely bookmarking. I think that even my clumsy fingers could manage to do those bows. Thank you again!

  19. congratulations, Bonnie, on making it to this week's featured projects at TSWL! We are sharing your project on our Facebook page. By the way, votation will start today! Grab our new featured button if you fancy so ^^)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    TSWL Ladies

  20. Ahhh! Words cannot express how excited I am that someone made a tutorial on making a simple bow! I cannot wait to get my sewing machine back so I can start making tons of these! Including super miniature versions for doggy bows!

    I just wanted to thank you for linking up last week to Sew Woodsy and let you know that your project will be featured tomorrow!

  21. These are SO cuuuute! Love them. Jeez, I soooo need a sewing machine!


  22. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  23. These bows ae adorable! Thanks for the tutorial I will def be using this!
    <3 your newest follower,

  24. These are so easy! I have a little girl, and I think these would be awesome for here. I also have tons of scraps, so I'm good to go.:) I'm a new follower from common Monday.:)

  25. OH this is fantastic!! I have 2 little girly girls...well one for sure haha the other is only 4 1/2 months so we'll see haha...I'll have to get some of these done!!

    found ya via soleil selene!!

  26. Making my Halloween costume, need red bows for my Mary Ann pig tails. THANKS so much for this post. I am new to sewing, I was able to follow your steps easily. :)


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