There's a great feeling of satisfaction when you can actually use up some scrap pieces of fabric, isn't there? And when you use said scraps in a cute, fun, easy way it's all the better. Why, it makes me want to run out and buy more cute fabric...and the cycle continues.
Here's a simple and frugal way to make your favorite girl an adorable hair bow without it costing you much in the way of time, energy, or fabric.
SEWING SCOOBY SNACK RATING:
You'll be finished with this easy, Frugal Fannie hair bow quicker than it takes your wine glass to leave a mark on the table.
THINGS YOU'LL NEED:
- Scraps of fabric (you'll need to cut 2 pieces of 5.5" x 4.5" pieces, plus a thin strip for the center, about 1.5" x 4")
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter or scissors
- Ironing board and iron
- 1 piece of fusible batting, same size as one of your fabric rectangles (I used fusible fleece)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Tailor's chalk or fabric pen
- See-through ruler
- 2 pieces floral wire or Bowdabra wire (I used floral wire from Michael's). Each piece about 6 " long.
- A pony 'o (hair elastic)
- Hot glue gun with glue stick
- Straight pins
- Cute girl to wear finished bow you lovingly made
- Skewer or other blunt, thin object to push out your corners
Step 1: Cut out 2 pieces of your fabric, each 5.5" x 4.5" (If you'd like a bigger or smaller finished bow, adjust these numbers). I used a blue background with white Jolly Rogers from fabric.com (It's a medium weight 100% cotton print). You may need to fussy cut if working with a pattern.
2. Cut out 1 piece of fusible batting (in this case, Fusible Fleece). Iron it onto one piece of the fabric. (Note: place the Fusible Fleece with the adhesive side facing UP, then place your fabric on top, right side UP, then iron. In other words, the adhesive side of the Fusible Fleece adheres to the WRONG side of your fabric, dig it?)
3. Let's do a little--very little--sewing. As if making a placemat, place your 2 rectangular pieces of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Notice your Fusible Fleece will be on top. Pin together leaving a 3" open space for turning purposes. Now your rectangular masterpiece will look like the above pic, but, you know, with some pins in it.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the perimeter of your pinned fabric rectangle, again being sure you observe the 3" open space. Otherwise you'd have to be a Houdini to turn it right side out.
This is the underside, or non-fusible fleece side, view of the sewn perimeter
4. Trim around the perimeter to get rid of some bulk and trim your corners. I wish I could do that on myself instead of going to the gym, but that's another story for another time.
5. Turn your rectangle right side out and push corners out (gently) with a skewer or other blunt, thin tool.
6. Turn in your raw edges from your opening and iron the whole kit-and-kaboodle. Pin that section unless your fabric keeps a nice, crisp crease on its own.
7. Back at the sewing machine, use your mad skills to topstitch around the entire rectangle using a 1/4" seam allowance.
8. Using your
best guess see-through ruler and tailor's chalk or fabric pen, draw a vertical line down the center of your rectangle.
9. Pinch the rectangle with your thumb and index finger to create a bow. (Now we can drop the "rectangle" talk and just call it a "bow." phew). Notice the there will appear to be a top peak, a middle canyon, then a bottom peak.
10. Deftly hold that bow in place (making sure your fingers are as centered as possible) and with the other hand wrap the floral or Bowdabra wire around your bow. Wrap it around at least 3 times and twist the two ends of the wire together at the back of the bow. Tuck in or trim the wire back as much as possible. Nobody likes a bloody scalp.
11. Remember that thin strip of fabric you cut and set aside? Go get it; I'll wait. Using your iron, fold the sides over and press about 1/4" on each side. Note that the fabric strip is RIGHT SIDE DOWN on your ironing board.
12. Take that strip to the sewing machine and stitch down the length of your strip on each side, close to the edge.
13. Fold over one end of the strip so there are no exposed raw edges. Sew it down or hot glue it. I chose the latter. You only have to do this on one side, since the other side will be cleverly hid in the end.
14. Take your other piece of wire and use it to anchor the pony 'o (hair elastic) onto the bow. To do this, make sure the pony 'o is placed horizontally, not vertically on the bow. (In other words, the pony 'o should look like a round "o" and not more of a straight vertical line). Wrap the wire around the existing wire and the pony 'o. You're an old pro now at wrapping wire, so do it just as you did before, making sure the ends are trimmed or tucked and neat.
15. Get your glue gun ready and warmed up. Add a little hot glue to the front of your bow on the wire. Quickly but carefully place the fabric strip on the glue. Make sure you keep in mind what motif or part of the pattern you want in the center of your bow when you place and glue the strip down.
16. Flip the bow over and add a little hot glue to the wire on the back of the bow. Press the fabric strip firmly down along that glue.
Underside view of bow with the fabric strip only attached to the FRONT of the bow. Notice the clear glue line on wire, ready to receive more of the fabric strip.
17. Attach the remainder of the fabric strip (the side that has the raw edge). Then glue on the other side. You may need to trim it back a little if it's too long. If you do this, make sure to fold over and glue down the end by about 1/4" so no raw edges show.
18. Well how 'bout that? You're finished!
You can make these bows any size you like, attached to a pony 'o, a French barrette, or an alligator clip. For more ideas on hair bows or to purchase a bow, please visit my etsy store, Born To Wear Bows, at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BornToWearBows?ref=shop_sugg
Enjoy your new bow!