Decorate your favorite dress patterns with colorful, contrasting DIY large fabric bows. This easy tutorial will show you how to get a nice shape to your bow for perfect results every time. These large fabric bows are also perfect for adding to home decor and Christmas wreaths.
Large Fabric Bows – Supplies
This cutting guide will give you large fabric bows of 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 heavy interfacing inside the bow.
You will also need a matching thread and hand sewing needle.
Cutting Instructions for Large Fabric Bows :
- BOW – cut fabric 14 x 8 inches (35.5×20.5cm)
- RIBBON – cut fabric 19 x 4 inches (48x10cm)
- CENTER – 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: The Video
Here is a short YouTube video I made for you showing the process. Make sure you subscribe for weekly sewing and craft videos.
DIY Large Fabric Bows – 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 fabric. 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.
Your bow is now ready to attach. Just hand stitch it on to clothing. For some home decor and wreaths that won’t need washing, you could even use a hot glue gun.
Make them in lots of colors.
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.
Further Reading: How to sew on a snap (includes video)