Thursday, 12 May 2011

How To Make A Bow

You may remember a few weeks back i posted a photo of this bag made from William Morris fabric and said that i felt it wouldnt look right with my usual Kanzashi flower and wondered if a bow would suit it better.
Well i havent made bows before so this was a new one on me and finally this week i got round to making one. I folded a strip of fabric in half and marked out 2 parallel lines 13ins long and 1.75ins wide finishing the ends off to a point and sewed around them leaving an opening at the centre for reversing. After stitching i trimmed around to leave a small seam allowance.

Turn right side out and press.

Fold and stitch 2 tucks at the centre of the strip and 2 tucks 3ins in from either end.

Fold the strip into a bow shape and stitch into place.

Add a small strip of fabric accross the centre made in the same way as the bow to create the bow knot. You can make this any width you prefer, mine is an inch wide. Secure with a few stitches at the back.

Decorate with a button or brooch.

My lovely brass button was acquired from a lovely 50 year button stash that i have just been given by a family member.

Attach to the bag with small hidden stitches and VOILA here it is and definately suits the bag i think!

And if you dont fancy making this yourself you can find the bag for sale in my Folksy shop CottonsAndDreams.

Many thanks for popping by and if you would like to see what other clever crafty folks have been up to this week follow the link to 1stuniquegifts and have a read of everyones blog for Handmade Monday.

Until next time.



  1. The bow looks spot on with this bag!! brilliant :)

  2. The bow looks so neat and the button sets it off lovely, it really suits the bag.

    Jan x

  3. So pretty and effective, well done.

  4. The bow finishes the bag *so* well and *so* professionally. It was interesting to see the process too.

    Thanks for taking part in HM x

  5. The bow is the right choice for the bag. Putting the tucks in, are a lovely attention to detail.

  6. Great tutorial and the bow looks so crisp. The fabric you have used for the bag is gorgeous! I can see that flying off your shelves.

  7. Love the bow....Love the bag!! Off to folksy to see more xx

  8. Great way to make a bow, Love the bag too.
    Hugs Sue x

  9. Wow - what a great way of making a bow and it looks fabulous on the bag.

    Brilliant work.

    Ali x

  10. Well you made that look easy enough. I bet I'd make a mess of it though. Looks lovely on the bag.

  11. That is simply stunning! And thanks for the tutorial, I would never have figured it out. It looks very vintage, somehow! Love it. :)

  12. Amazing bag, the bow sets it off so well.

  13. The absolute perfect finish for your ba. How simple to make but at the same time elegant looking. Thankyou so much for the tutorial.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Great tutorial really easy to follow. The bow looks great on your bag and the button really sets it off.