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DIY Fabric Hair Bow

Recently, my daughter started dance classes and, let me tell you, everything is expensive! Even at consignment stores, bows can cost $8 to $12 which seems ridiculous to me, especially when it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

So I went to my local fabric store and bought some discount scrap fabric. I got about two feet of fabric for less than $2; for this project, you will only need a 10 by 8 inch rectangle.

If you're attempting to create your own bow (which is why you're here) you probably have the other supplies lying around your house: needle, thread, and a hot glue gun.

If you want a no-sew option, you can follow the link found at the end of this article.

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Cut and Sew Your Fabric

For this bow, I cut an 8 by 6 inch rectangle and sewed a small seam just to straighten up the edges and to prevent fraying. If you don't want to sew, just use your hot glue gun to glue down the edges.

Once you have finished your seams, be sure to flip your fabric to the side that you do not want showing on the finished bow before beginning the next step.

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Find the center of your fabric and fold the edges inward.

You're going to want a little overlap so the edges don't peak out when you wrap the middle.

I simply glued down the corners, but, if you want to, you can glue down the entire seam.

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After your glue dries, begin folding the bow like an accordion. You can play around with different size folds to create different looks. I chose to fold mine at about half an inch.

Make your life easier by adding a drop of glue between each fold!

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I don't know the technical term, but now it's time to make the middle of the bow!

I took the remaining 8 by 2 inch fabric to make mine, but you can also use a ribbon or use a different fabric to mix things up!

Fold your fabric inside out and sew a seam down the side. Turning your fabric right side out is a bit frustrating and time consuming. I used my scissors to shove it through which made the process a bit faster.

Odds are, you won't be using the entire length of fabric, but it's better to have too much than too little.

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diy-fabric-hair-bow

For this bow, I used a hair tie. To be honest, I didn't think this project through and forgot to buy berets. But I'm a now-or-never type of person and adapted.

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Beginning on the back, wrap your bow with the strip of fabric; add a few drops of glue here and there to hold it in place.

Once you make it around to the back again, glue your hair tie or beret down and wrap around the bow once more.

Trim your edge and secure it with more glue.

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diy-fabric-hair-bow
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Voila: The Final Product!

You have completed your project and saved $8 to $10!

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No-Sew Tutorial

Comments

Brittany Mayfield (author) on July 20, 2018:

Thank you! It's extremely easy to make! I will (probably) never buy a bow again. I want to experiment with ribbon next.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 20, 2018:

That's a lovely bow, and looks easy to make too.