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My teenage daughter requested these cute little bows from me and I thought it would be fun to share how I make them here for you all to enjoy. They are really simple to make and yes, they require zero stitching. You could always opt to do a little hand sewing if you desired. First let’s start with the materials:
- Cotton quilting fabric (this a great project for scrap fabric)
- Liquid Stitch Permanent Clear Drying Adhesive (you can get this at Wal-Mart in the fabric section or at any craft store). Or some kind of permanent fabric glue.
- Simple little hair clip. The kind that you pinch one end to open and close. See below for a picture.
- Thin quilting batting (I’m using left-over scrap cotton batting)
- Water soluble pencil or invisible ink marker
- Templates (we will make these)
- Iron and ironing board
Fist thing is to make your templates. I’m using some plain cardstock for mine. You want something with a little bit of thickness to them for easier handling and you won’t have to worry about ripping quite as much. You could also use stencil sheets if you have them. I prefer to keep mine for more complicated projects. The sizes I’m using are 4” X 8.5” for the fabric template and 2” X 8.5” for the batting template. You can adjust this however you see fit. If you want a smaller or larger bow just keep in mind that the batting template needs to be half the size in height as the fabric template. The width will always be the same. The size I’m using makes a finished bow approx. 2” X 4”. So if you wanted a finished bow that’s 3” X 6” for example, you would need template sizes 6” X 12” for the fabric and 3” X 12” for the batting. Simple enough, huh?
Once you have your templates made, trace them onto the back side of your ironed fabric and batting with a water soluble pencil or marker or a marker with invisible ink works well too. For the middle section of the bow, I use the batting template. I simply turn it over on its side and trace around making the height the same as the fabric template. You can refer to the pictures to see what I mean.
Now take the big fabric piece, fold it in half, and do a quick finger press to mark the middle of the fabric. Open it back up and fold the ends into the middle and press with an iron. Do the same for the middle piece. I tend to fold mine in more on the middle piece because I don’t like mine quite that wide.
Pinch your bow together and simply wrap the fabric around the middle area and glue it together nice and snug. Tuck in the end so it’s a nice clean edge.
Slide your clip in once it's nice and dry.
You could also use a bobby pin but I would suggest making your bow a bit smaller for a bobby-bow. You can also use the barrette blanks but you need to glue it to the back of the bow prior to gluing the middle section.
I hope this makes since!! If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section and I’ll answer them as soon as I can!!
Thanks so stopping by!!