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.





  1. June 4, 2013 / 8:46 am

    That’s soo adorable! And the bows are cute too! Hehe! They look like fun to make 🙂

    • June 5, 2013 / 7:58 am

      Thanks! Yeah he’s adorable. He’s going to hate me later for making him do this 😉

    • June 5, 2013 / 7:57 am

      Yes! My girls are too old for bows now. I have three young nieces that might like them.
      And yes, so very easy to make.
      Hope you’re well Victoria. 🙂

  2. Vicki
    June 5, 2013 / 10:06 am

    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

  3. amy
    November 12, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Yes! love it 🙂 now to get some awesome fabric 🙂

    • November 19, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Have fun!! they can be addictive. 🙂

  4. Melanie
    February 4, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    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!

    • February 4, 2014 / 9:42 pm

      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 🙂

  5. Maddy
    March 31, 2014 / 1:06 am

    What types of fabric do you recommend?

    • April 1, 2014 / 3:09 pm

      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.

  6. Ashley
    August 24, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    What did you add to make it a bow tie?

    • August 25, 2014 / 12:27 pm

      I attached a clip and just clipped it onto his shirt. 🙂 hope this helps

  7. Kristine Laureano
    September 10, 2014 / 1:00 am

    Thank you for sharing. What kind of fabric did you use?

    • September 24, 2014 / 7:28 am

      Hi Kristine – i just used a quilting cotton. Nice and easy to work with. 🙂

  8. December 31, 2014 / 4:41 am

    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!

    • January 1, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      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 🙂

  9. Hannah
    April 4, 2015 / 8:16 am

    About how big are the dimensions of these bows?

    • April 11, 2015 / 11:00 am

      Hi Hannah, apologies for the delay. These bows are about 12cms wide and around 8cms at the widest part of the bow. I hope this helps!

    • May 5, 2015 / 1:36 pm

      So sorry for the late reply. I think it’s a rag rug hook. I find it very useful. I hope this helps.

    • redagapeblog
      November 22, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you! glad you like it. 🙂

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