Guest blogger series: Fabric bows tutorial

by kath_red on 09/03/2011

in Guest Series 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

Today I would like to welcome Jessica Fediw to whipup, Jessica blogs at Happy Together. There you can find all kind of tutorials and free patterns.

I love to create especially by sewing and crocheting, and also have an Etsy shop. With that said, I am always looking for ways to use up scrap fabrics, even the tiniest bits are hard for me to let go of. So one day I remembered some bows I had made a while back and figured that I could do the same with fabric. Guess what? It worked! And I like it :)

Fabric bows tutorial:

What you need:
-Scrap Fabric (for the one I created for my daughter specifically you will need 8 pieces of .5″x4″ and 5 pieces of .5″x4″)
-Hot glue gun
-Something for the center (a button; fabric yoyo; fabric rosette)
-Piece of felt for back
-Optional: pin back or hair clip

1. Cut out your pieces. You can add as many as you like to make it “poofier” or make the layers longer to make it larger, etc. I also starched and ironed them.
2. Glue the short ends of each piece together to create a loop, wrong sides facing.
3. Glue two of the long pieces together, right across from each other.
4. Continue to glue on the rest of the long pieces evenly.
5. Then glue on the shorter top pieces. I just filled in the spaces of the bottom ones for an even look.
6. Glue on the center piece of your choice.. I added a button to this one, but you could add a fabric rosette or yoyo like I did on the other ones below.
7. Use a round object (such as the bottom of a glue bottle) to trace onto the felt. Cut it out and glue it on the bottom of the bow to cover up the glued pieces.
8. Glue on a pin back or hair clip if desired.

Now you can clip it into a little cuties hair or add it to a card or a present!

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1 Deborah Mundorff March 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

Are there supposed to be two different lengths? These directions indicate 13 pieces all the same size (.5″ x 4″)

-Scrap Fabric (for the one I created for my daughter specifically you will need 8 pieces of .5″x4″ and 5 pieces of .5″x4″)


2 kath_red March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Hi Deborah
Thanks for picking this us – change the top layer of flowers to 3″ long instead of 4″. However you can add as many extra layers as you like to make it “poofier” or make the layers longer to make it larger, etc. Good luck making!


3 Deborah Mundorff March 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

The first link to her blog is not working :-)


4 kath_red March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Link fixed! thanks for the heads up.


5 Nancy March 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Love the technique. Scraps of grograin ribbon would work nice also. Thanks for the idea!


6 Jennifer March 10, 2011 at 5:56 am

love this idea for using up even those tiny scraps that always seem to accumulate! Thanks for sharing this!


7 Jessica March 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Hi! Thanks again for having me!!!! I had this on my calendar going up today, so I totally missed it…lol. My pregnancy brain makes me remember things wrong sometimes :) It was a pleasure to be on here!


8 marce March 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

its beauty!!! I will make a couple! thanks, God Bless you and you family…
Marce from Chile


9 Mariam March 24, 2011 at 5:04 am

nice idea, i always wonder what to do of the small pieces of fabric that i can’t get benefit of..thanks :)


10 angie March 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

This is adorable, and something I could do WITH my daughter. I’ll bet she will start making them out of scraps of paper to put on just about everything she owns. Thanks!


11 kath_red March 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

Oh yes! a great project for kids
Have fun


12 Shelby March 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

How do you starch the fabric?


13 kath_red April 2, 2011 at 7:13 am
14 Barb May 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for sharing your great bow tutorial! I can’t wait to make a few for my niece…so sweet!!


15 Krista March 31, 2012 at 7:19 am

I am so glad that I came across this on Pinterest this morning! I have so many smaller strips of scrap fabric that I just haven’t been able to bring myself to throwing away b/c I HATE wasting something that I just know I can eventually find a use for. This is it! Thanks so much for sharing this!


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