Decorate your favorite girls dress patterns with a colorful, contrasting DIY fabric bow. This easy tutorial will show you how to get a nice shape to your bow for perfect results every time.
DIY Fabric Bow: Supplies
This cutting guide will give you a bow a finished size of 6 x 9 inches (15x23cm) including the ribbon. I found quilting cotton fabric gave really nice results, especially when used with a heavy interfacing inside the bow.
You will also need a matching thread and hand needle.
- Bow cut fabric 14 x 8 inches (35.5×20.5cm)
- Ribbon cut fabric 19 x 4 inches (48x10cm)
- Centre strip cut fabric 3 x 2 inches (7.5x5cm)
- Heavy fusible interfacing cut 14 x 3.5 inches (35.5x9cm) to give shape to the bow
DIY Fabric Bow: Instructions
The seam allowance for this DIY fabric bow pattern is 1/2 inch (12mm).
The bow piece (14×8″)
Step 1: Press the interfacing on the wrong side of the bow. Make sure it is centered vertically as shown.
Step 2: Fold the bow piece in half lengthwise and stitch along the long raw edges with a 1/2 inch (12mm) seam allowance. Press open the seam.
Step 3: Turn the bow to the right side and press the seam to the center. Fold the bow in half with the right sides (non-seamed side) together. Stitch along the raw edges. Press the seam open and turn the bow to the right side. The seam will now be on the inside.
The ribbon piece (19×4″)
Step 4: Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise. Cut the ends at a 45-degree angle. Stitch along the raw edges leaving a gap of 2 inches(5cm) in the middle. Clip the ends and turn it to the right side. Give it a good press.
Step 5: Arrange the bow center with your fingers and use your needle and thread to wrap around the center. Pinch the ribbon in the middle and use the thread to wrap around both the ribbon and bow.
Center strip (3×2″)
Step 6: Press the strip with the raw edges meeting in the middle and wrong sides together. Press it in half again. Wrap the middle around the bow and stitch the ends at the back. Depending on the thickness of your fabric, you may need to cut it a little shorter.
Optional – make you bow detachable
If you wish to make your bow detachable you can add one half of a sew on snap (press stud) to the back and the other half of the garment.
Read how to sew on a snap
Your DIY fabric bow is now ready to sew to a pretty dress, skirt or top.