Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Bow hair ties: tutorial

Hello fellow crafters! Here's a tutorial to make your own little plump bows, you'll see that it's super simple :)
You'll need a 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") fabric square, a little bias (selfmade or tape), a little batting and an elastic band.

Fold the square in two lengthwise with right sides together and sew around making sure you leave a 3-4cm (1.5") opening. Trim corners.

Turn the bow inside out and stuff it evenly with batting (your choice of thickness!) then close the small opening with a few stitches.

Now determine the middle of your rectangle (just fold it in two and crease with your nail), baste a few points of solid thread on this middle line and pull, this will gather the rectangle into a bow.

Fold your bias piece in two lengthwise, choose a back side for your bow and sew an end of the piece there, put the elastic band and make it stay with two loose loops of thread (don't secure it tightly, the elastic mustn't be stuck or it could break the seams).

Pull the bias piece around the bow, covering the gathered line, adjust until you like the shape, pull it over the elastic band and sew the other end of it, hiding the first bias seam (fold the end of your bias piece before sewing, it will look neater).



  1. Yay, thanks for posting the tutorial! I can't wait to make some bows...you can make them into brooches, hairclips etc!

  2. Brilliant, love them, now want to try it!