Learn how to make fabric bows in under 10 minutes! Do you want to decorate your latest project with cute DIY fabric bows? A fabric bow is perfect for adding to clothing, hair clips, and small sewing projects, and if you learn how to make a bow, you may even make a dent in your scrap fabric baskets!
How to Make a Fabric Bow Tutorial
These easy fabric bows are designed for beginners to make and will only take you a short while. They can be sewn with your sewing machine or by hand, making them a versatile sewing project.
DIY Fabric Bows Supplies
To make a bow, you will need the following:
- Rectangle Fabric Scraps - Crisp cotton or quilting fabric makes the nicest fabric bows as it gives some body and shape. If you are using a thin or soft fabric such as silk or polyester, consider adding some fusible interfacing.
- Sewing Supplies - Hand sewing needles and strong thread. I like to use upholstery thread or polyester-strengthened thread. You will also need scissors and a ruler.
How to Make Fabric Bows -Video Tutorial
Here is a YouTube video I made for you on how to make fabric bows. Like all my videos, it is short and sweet. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly sewing and craft videos.
How to Make Fabric Bows - Step by Step Instructions
Step 1 - Cut the Pieces
Cut the main fabric hair bows piece 9 inches (23 cm) x 5 inches (13 cm) and the strip for the center 1 inch (2.5 cm) by 3 inches (7.5 cm). This will make a 4-inch (10cm) bow.
Step 2 - Stitch the Bow
Fold the bow piece in half lengthwise with RIGHT sides together and stitch down the long edge with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam allowance.
Turn the bow the RIGHT way out and press the seam to the center.
Step 3 - Fold the Ends
Fold your piece in half and mark the center by pressing a crease. Place the bow piece on your table with the seam facing up. Fold the raw ends into the center, overlapping them by ⅜ inch (12mm).
Step 4 - Hand Stitch the Center
Thread a needle with a long piece of double thread and put a small running stitch up the center. This is just an up-and-down stitch.
Pull the thread tight, gathering the center. Arrange the folds nicely with your fingers and wrap the thread around the center a few times before knotting off.
Step 5 - Create the Center Piece
Now to the center! Press the long raw edges in to meet in the center with the WRONG sides together.
Place your bow on the center strip with the WRONG sides facing up.
Wrap your center piece around the bow and stitch the ends at the back of the bow. You will probably need to trim the centerpiece a little shorter.
If you are going to sew your bow on a clothing article, you can use the still attached thread to sew it on.
These DIY fabric bows are great for making hair clips too. Use a hot glue gun (kids ask an adult for help) to stick it to an alligator clip.
Further Reading: How to Line Alligator Clips
TIPS How to Make a Bow That Is Perfect
Here are 5 tips for making a bow:
- Choose the right fabric: Your fabric should be medium-weight and slightly stiff so it holds its shape. Cotton fabrics work well.
- Measure accurately: Ensure your cutting and pressing are even and accurate so the bow is well-proportioned. A rotary cutter and mat is good for accurate cutting.
- Press: Press the fabric before you start and as you go to ensure there are no wrinkles.
- Embellish the bow: Add crystals, buttons, sequins, ribbons, or other embellishments to add a personal touch to your bow.
- Experiment with size: Scale the bow measurements up or down to make different sizes of bows you can put together.
How to Stiffen Fabric for a Bow
If you require a stiffer bow, there are a couple of options.
- The easiest is to use heavy fusible interfacing inside the bow. This will give it shape without affecting the fabric on the outside.
- Alternatively, use a fabric stiffener. There are several brands on the market, including sprays or liquids. Test a small piece of fabric first, as it may affect the color and look of your fabric. Read more about how to stiffen fabric for some other methods.
How to Make Fabric Bows - In Conclusion
Now you know how to make fabric bows, you can make them in every color. They are great for using up your scrap fabrics. Never throw nice fabric pieces away, as there are so many small sewing projects that you can make.
More DIY Hair Accessories:
If you enjoyed learning how to make a fabric bow, here are some more tutorials on making hair accessories.
- How to Make a Ribbon Bow
- Felt Bow with Printable Template
- How to Stop Ribbon from Fraying
- How to Make Fabric Hair Accessories
- DIY Felt Bow
- DIY Hair Ties
- How to Line an Alligator Clip
- How to Make a Scrunchie
How to Make a Fabric Bow
- Sewing Needle and Thread
- Cotton Fabric
- Fold the bow piece in half lengthwise with RIGHT sides together and stitch down the long edge with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam allowance. Turn the bow the RIGHT way out and press the seam to the center.
- Place the bow piece on your table with the seam facing up. Fold the raw ends into the center overlapping them by ⅜ inch (12mm). Thread a needle with a long piece of double thread and put a small running stitch up the center. This is just an up and down stitch.
- Pull the thread tight gathering the center. Arrange the folds nicely with your fingers and wrap the thread around the center a few times before knotting off.
- Now to the center! Press the long raw edges in to meet in the center with WRONG sides together. Place your bow on the center strip with the WRONG sides facing up.
- Wrap your center piece around the bow and stitch the ends at the back of the bow. You will probably need to trim the center piece a little shorter.