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Stick it in your hair, stitch it on a dress, pin it to your jacket...
Whether you've just started sewing or have a pile of scraps to use up, bows are one of my favourite, and super-easy makes to brighten up an outfit or hairstyle. There are a few ways of making bows, but I always do mine this way - you don't need a pattern and it is so simple.

Posted by elaineinglasgow from Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published
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  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get a small piece of fabric or fabric scraps. How big a piece you need depends on how big you want your bow to be!

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out two rectangles of fabric just larger than you'd like your bow to be lengthwise.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pin the right sides (the sides you want to show) of the fabric together, leaving a space of at least an inch.

    A little note here - if you want your bow to be a bit stiffer, you can also stitch on some interfacing at this point which will help it hold up. I like the way this fabric drapes here so I haven't done this.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew your rectangles together using a sewing machine, or hand-stitching if you don't have a machine. Make sure you remember to leave your space!
    If you want, you can then finish the edges by stitching round above your seam, using a zig-zag stitch on your machine, a serger or cutting off the rough edges with pinking shears.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 5
    Step 5

    Turn your rectangle right side out through the space you left. You can poke the edges out so that you have nice sharp corners. I used my scissors, but you can also try a pencil or knitting needle.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn in the rough edges at your space, and stitch up the space you left as neatly as you can.
    At this point, I made a slightly smaller rectangle too - it's up to you how many bits you want your bow to have. I like two, but I've made them with one rectangle, three, four... it also depends on how much fabric you have left!

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 7
    Step 7

    To help go from rectangle to bow shape, fold your bow a couple of times at the centre and pin it down. Then run it through the machine or stitch it by hand to keep your pleats.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make a smaller rectangle using the method above - as wide as you'd like the 'knot' in the centre of your bow to be. You can use a contrasting fabric, or something else like lace or trim to do this. Stitch your small rectangle into a loop.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 9
    Step 9

    Turn your loop right side out so that you can't see the seam.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now, pull your bow rectangles through your loop until it's sitting in the middle of the bow. This might be a bit tricky depending how flexible your fabric is. It's a knack to getting the loop the right size so you can easily pass this through but it's not too loose.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pull through a couple of quick hand stitches at the back of your bow to keep the loop in place.

  • How to make a hair bow. Put A Bow On It - Step 12
    Step 12

    And that's you done! Easy, right? Depending on what you want to use your bow for, you can add a brooch pin or hair clasp to the back, an elastic or ribbon to wear it as a headband, or sew it on to an item of clothing or accessory. I've even attached a little chain before for a bow necklace! For this one, I added a little hair clip so I could wear it on my head.

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