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I brought myself a sewing machine a couple of weeks ago and I though I would (belatedly) celebrate by sharing one of my favorite sewing projects. Its a great way to use up scraps of fabric and ribbon and makes a great gift!

How to make a fabric hair bow

What you will need:

Materials ready to go

  • approximately  28×11 cm of fabric (cotton is best)
  • a piece of ribbon, 4-7 cm long and at least 1.5 cm wide
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine (you can hand sew if you don’t have one)
  • hot glue gun or fabric glue
  • bobby pin or finger curl clip (or brooch pin)
  • a scrap of felt
  • iron

Step one: Fold your fabric so that the printed side faces in pin and sew down long edge (about 1 cm in from the edge – or whatever you are comfortable with). Turn inside out and arrange so that the seam is running down the middle of the fabric, not at the edge, like this

seam down the middle

Step Two: Iron fabric. Then, fold your fabric in half and mark the centre with a pin. Now fold the two ends into the centre  and pin. At  this point you can start to get a feel for the proportions of your bow. If you feel that its going to be too big and floppy, trim and equal amount off each end and re-pin

fold and pin








Step Three: Next, run a line of running stitch down the edge of your fabric end (making sure you get ALL of the fabric!). Try not to make your stitches too tight or small. Then pull the thread so that the fabric gathers. Pass the needle back through the gathered fabric so that the gathering stays bunched up, and secure with a few stitches and a knot.

Running stitch















Step Four: Now we are going to create the centre of the bow. Stitch one end of your ribbon to the middle of the back of your bow (or front – whatever will make it look nice!). The stitches don’t have to be perfect, just strong enough to hold the ribbon to the fabric (you can hot-glue gun this step if you want).

stitch ribbon to back








Step Five: Fold your ribbon around the front of the bow so that it meets up and overlaps at the back. Pin. Check the proportions of the ribbon and bow- you don’t want it too tight or too loose. Trim and sew the ribbon (again, don’t stress if the stitching isn’t perfect, you are going to cover all of this over!).

fold ribbon around to back so it overlaps









Step Six: Cut a small piece of felt that is big enough to cover all your stitching, but can’t been seen from the front. Next, stitch your bobby pin or finger curl pin on to the felt.  Make sure it can’t slip off. (Alternatively, you could use a brooch pin for this step- or why not both?!)

stitch pin to felt








Step Seven: Glue the felt to the back of your bow.

Step Eight: You’re done! enjoy!



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