Sew Easy Fabric Bows

pastelbows.jpgI am always on the look out for new crafty projects, especially those that make use of my fabric scraps. This bow tutorial looked simple enough to do, so i started making some last week. They are totally addictive to make and I’m a little embarrassed to say that i have made over 50 bows! Here are the super easy steps –

tutorialforbows.jpg1. Cut two fabric rectangles. One 7×10 inches and the other 2x3inches.

2. Fold them in half long ways (wrong side out) and sew along the longer edge.

3. Turn the fabric right side out. I used this handy little hooked tool for the smaller rectangle. Iron flat making sure the seam is in the middle.

4. With the seam on the outside, stitch the short ends together to make a loop.

5. Turn both loops inside out so the seams are on the inside.

6. Pinch the bigger loop to make a bow shape and then hand stitch in place. Now squeeze the small loop over the bow to form the centre.


I’m attaching a range of clips, elastics, and fasteners so that they can be used as hair accessories or bow ties. Here are some that i’ve finished. And below is my handsome model wearing a polka dot bow tie.




23 thoughts on “Sew Easy Fabric Bows

  1. WHO IS THAT HANDSOME YOUNG MAN????? The bows look great Mandy – I’m so going to make some of those “when I get round to it”. Love, Vicki xo


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  3. Great tutorial but confused about the “loop” part- what do you mean by sew a loop and turn inside out? Don’t want the seam to show on the sizes, can’t figure it out!


    • Hi Melanie,
      After step three, sew the ends together to form a circle. Now, before you start constructing the bow, you need to make sure the seams are on the inside. I hope this helps!
      Mandy 🙂


    • Hi there, I really think you could use a variety of fabrics as long as they aren’t to flimsy or you’ll end up with a floppy bow. I prefer to use quilting cottons. 🙂 hope this helps.


  4. Hi, Mandy. Your bows look great! There’s a charity in Texas that provides bows and headbands for girls in children’s hospitals. I’ll be making some of these for Bow Dazzling. Thanks for your help!


    • Oh that’s so wonderful! I have a hashtag on IG #craftastherapy where people post images of projects that have helped them through hardship. Please feel welcome to join in anytime. Best of luck with your bows 🙂


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