This project is from my book, “Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas.” I totally dig bows and the young fashionistas who take my sewing workshops love them too! I was inspired to include a bow in Sew Fab because this classic accessory can be worn with flair and used in many, many stylish ways. When in doubt you can always put a bow on it!
- Sewing basket (your usual tools and supplies)
- Small pieces or scraps of fabric
- Iron and ironing board
- Needle and thread
- Hair clip, bobby pin, or safety pin
Cut your fabric. Use your ruler and chalk to draw to rectangle onto a piece of fabric and cut it out. For the bow above I used two 5-by-7-inch pieces of fabric. I like to measure and mark the dimensions on paper to create a pattern and use that pattern to cut out each piece, but you can also measure directly onto the fabric. After I cut the fabric, I pinned the pieces with the right sides facing each other.
Once you have your fabric set, you can double thread your needle and knot it.
Start stitching. Use a tight running stitch to sew around the sides. Leave a small hole about 3/4 inches on one side. Tie off the thread to secure the stitches, then cut.
Carefully turn the fabric rectangle inside out. Use your point turner, or a chopstick, to shape the corners by placing it inside the rectangle, and wiggling it about. Whip or invisible-stitch the hole closed. Once it’s closed, tie off the thread to secure the stitches, and then cut. As an alternative, you could also use double-sided tape to close the hole too.
Press your rectangle flat with your iron.
Add a knot to make your bow! Cut a small piece of fabric or simply add a ribbon (like I did). If you are using fabric, cut a rectangle about 1 by 2 inches. Fold the long edges toward the center to make a strip. Fold your bow like a fan and wrap the fabric, or ribbon, around the center. Pull tightly and secure by stitching the strip in place on the back of the bow, leaving a little room to slide your hair accessory or pin through.
Once you add a hair clip or safety pin to your bow, you may want to place a few stitches or a dab of fabric glue to hold it in place. This will make your bow reusable beyond the holidays and oh sew fab!
Make your presents POP with your gorgeous DIY bows! Best thing is that the topper is a gift in and of itself.