The Bow Do-It-Yourself

Life has been…well, not very stable as of late. It has taken me a lot of time to finally get to an equilibrium of sorts. Upheavals, trips, financial pot holes, and death in the family have kept me from a passion of mine; creating. I am just now finding my way back to it among many other changes I am going through right now. I never wanted to leave this unattended for so long and I fear that any following I might have cultivated in the short months since I started this blog has quite possibly dwindled away. Hopefully my renewed drive for making things will help me get this all back on track.

Thank you to those who still popped by here every once and a while. It was noticed and appreciated.

To start me back off in the DIY world I thought I would demo how to make some cute and easy hair accessories. I got my hair cut several months ago and finally had an excuse to use a bow I’d bought. Limited in the amount of clothing it went with-and stumbling upon an exciting amount of fun felt at Hobby Lobby-I decided I needed to make my own.

supplies

Supplies:
1. Hot Glue Gun
2. Printed Felt
3. Needle and Thread
4. Hair Clips
5. Pencil
6. Scissors (not pictured)
7. Cardstock (not pictured)

step1

First I made a couple different templates. They all made different size bows, so cut you r template to the size you want. I used cardstock to make my template more durable. I folded the sheet and only drew on one half of it to make both sides even. I just free handed my template because the finished look is quite forgiving to any sloppy lines.

step2

Trace your template onto the felt or specialty fabric sheets. Be sure to leave a little edging (approx 1/2 in.) around your template. This will be useful in the next step. Cut out the piece that will make up your bow.

step3

Cut a section of the edging you left to make the accent that will wrap around the center of your bow. Cut it longer than you think you will need. You can always trim it down later.

step4

Pinch your bow together. I folded mine in the center once and them made four more folds to make the triple fold look in the center. You can fashion your bow any way you wish.

step5

Using the thread and needle you want to reinforce your center by stitching it together a couple of times. I held my creases in place by clamping one of my hair clips onto it. This allowed me to sew through the layers without losing the shape of the bow. Tie off and cut your excess thread.

step6

Using the hot glue gun place a dab of glue at the dip in the bow, leaving a little extra on the tail to wrap around to the back. Hot glue this down too.

step7

Affix the hair clip to the back of the bow with the glue and with a dab on the inside of the clip, slip through the remaining amount and press down. Cut off any excess. Having the center accent glue around the clip will help keep it attached longer.

step8

Let everything cool completely, clean off any spider web tendrils of glue left over (I hate those!) and ta-da! you have a shiny new hair accessory! You can make them out of pretty much any felt and even some of the sparkly fabric sheets. Happy Making!

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