Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rounded Stretch Knit Fabric Bow Tutorial

For this Tutorial Thursday, I'm going to demonstrate how to make this uber cute rounded stretch knit fabric bow. They are great for hair clips, headbands, or even to doll up your handbags!

Here's What You'll Need:
  • 1 Piece of Fabric 20"x 16" or Scarps Equivalent
  • 1 Piece of Fusible Interfacing 8"x 7"
  • Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery Hoop ( or another round item)
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Clothes Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Stick

First Draft Your Pattern:

Step 1: Grab your pattern paper, ruler, and pen and draw a rectangle 8"x 7". This will make a bow 7" in width. If you want your bow to be smaller or larger just add or reduce the dimensions accordingly. 

Step 2: Next, take your embroidery hoop or round item and place it on the 7" side. Trace the hoop around the edges.

Step 3: Cut the rectangle pattern out. Then, fold it in half and cut around the rounded line. And Presto! You have your bow pattern.

Step 4: Get some more pattern paper, your ruler, and pen and draw a rectangle 5"x 2". Cut it out, this will be the pattern for the center piece.

Now, Let the Bow Creating Commence: 

Step 5: Take your pattern pieces and pin them to your fabric. Cut 2 of the bow and 1 of the loop center piece.

Step 6: Next, pin the bow pattern piece to your fusible interfacing and cut 1 out.

Step 7:  Grab 1 piece of the bow and iron your fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 8: Pin both bow pieces together, right sides together.

Step 9: Stitch around the outside edge with 1/2" seam allowance. Make sure you leave a hole for turning. If you used a stretch knit fabric like me, use a zig-zag stitch instead of a straight stitch.

Step 10: Trim your seam allowance and turn the bow right side out. 

Step 11: Press your bow flat. Then, take you hand sewing needle and thread and slip stitch your turning hole closed.

Step 12: Get your ruler and pen and draw a line down the middle of the bow. Using this line as a guide, sew and running stitch to scrunch and gather the middle of the bow.

Step 13: Once the bow is fully scrunched, wrap your tread around a few times to secure it in place.

Step 14: Next, take your loop center piece and fold one side to the middle and press it down. Then, fold the other side to the middle, slightly overlapping, and press it down.

Step 15: Once the loop is pressed, get you hot glue gun and place glue on the top. Position the loop, glue side down, in the back of the bow ( in the middle). Then, wrap the loop around the front, ending in the back.  Glue in place, and trim the excess fabric with your scissors.

And Your Finished!
Add an alligator clip or headband and your ready to show this bad boy off!

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