Sunday, April 29, 2012

No Sew Fabric Bow!

Hi guys, today I have a super exciting tutorial for you! As you can see from the title, I'm going to show you how to make a no sew fabric bow. This tutorial can also be used to make a bow tie, too. You'd just have to find out what to do so that it can go around the neck. So, this tutorial is fairly easy, as always, if you have any questions you can leave a comment, e-mail me, use the form in the tabs section, or tweet me! Feel free to enlarge the photos for a closer look!

 Click "read more" for the full tutorial and pictures!
Tools: Fabric, scissors, measuring tape, glue gun, gluesticks

*Let me just mention that if you'd like you can iron down the folds before gluing them down for a neater and easier fold however I didn't just because I can't find my iron at the moment. It's up to you! If it's a bow tie or something for a more special occasion I would recommend it. Just remember that not all fabrics can be ironed the same!*
1. Fold in the sides (width) of the big rectangle and glue
2. Fold in the other sides (height) of the rectangle and glue
3. With the "messy" side (the back of the bow) facing you, put a drop of glue on the messy side and pinch the middle of the other side
4. Here's what it should look like from the front

 5. Now, this is a little tricky for me to explain... Make sure the front is facing you and put two drops of glue on either side of the part you just previously pinched, then, line up the outer edges to the middle pinch and press together so the glue holds. The picture explains it better!
6. Take your smaller rectangle and one fold in the longest sides because the edges are going to be on the back
7. Here you can see the small rectangle and the front of the bow
8. * Before this step you should do a "trial fold". Face the front of the bow towards you and wrap the small rectangle around the middle to the back so that you get an idea of how tight you want to smaller rectangle to fit around the bow* First, make sure the smaller rectangle's "messy" side is facing you,. Now, lay the bow ("messy" side up) in the middle of the rectangle. Put some glue in the middle of the bow and wrap one side of the rectangle over first, now place a drop of glue on top of that and wrap the other side over. Trim any long pieces.

9. Here's a picture of the back of the bow, finished.
10. Here's a picture of the front of the bow finished.
11. This step depends on your preference, if you want it on a headband you can glue a long-ish rectangle piece of fabric to the back and wrap the extra length around the band of the headband, gluing them down one side at a time. Or, you can find out how to make it into a bow tie. There are many possibilities. I'll show you how I made mine into clips. You'll need a bobby pin and a thing preferably matching small rectangle fabric.
12. Put the fabric into the middle of the bobby pin like you would hair. *Remember the bumpy side of the bobby pin is the side you want to glue to the bow!* Now, simple put a thin line of glue on each side of the rectangle and one drop on the middle of the back of the bow so the bobby pin is glue too. Pres on and wait to dry!
You're done! Here's some pictures of my little sister modeling it for you guys!
 This is the one we just made! :) And under is a navy blue one I made out of a cotton t-shirt. I didn't get pics of all the bows I made though, sadly :(

 You may or may not have noticed that this navy blue t-shirt bow is a little different then the one we just made. Well, that's because for this one I didn't do steps 3 - 5. I simply pulled the small rectangle around the middle of the big rectangle. The pleats, or little puckered parts didn't turn out as defined and they weren't in the right places but it is a slightly quicker and easier alternative.

And, here's a pretty unhelpful glimpse into the next craft tutorial I have for you guys! Can you guess what it is?

Hope your weekend was good!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh


  1. This is the cutesttttt!! Love it :D

    Iv nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! :D
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    1. Thanks, it' super easy too! ;)

      Oh wow, that's so sweet of you! I really appreciate it, thank you!

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