A couple months ago, I figured out how to make bows with scrap fabric and a glue gun, which made me a little more excited than perhaps it should have. I ended up making a tiny bow that I put on a clip for Eisley to wear, but since then I've been eyeing the rest of my fabric stash, wondering if I should just go ahead and make a million bows and admit the fact that I am not going to learn how to properly use my sewing machine at any point in the near future.
Anyway, a couple weeks ago, I ended up picking up a set of adorable cloth napkins from Target. They came with an extra bit of fabric wrapped around them, and I definitely couldn't bring myself to throw it away. (And do people actually button up their napkins to store in the cabinet? I'm assuming the extra cloth must just be considered packaging.)
I knew I wanted to make something with the fabric, but the options were limited with the small amount I had to work with, as well as the extra seams and such. A bow seemed to be the best idea! I knew it would be much larger than the first one I made, but I thought it would be fun to try something a little different. Naptime crafting, ahoy!
How often do you come across a project where the only things you need are a small piece of fabric, a hot glue gun (here's the one I have), and some scissors? You can totally make one of these in about five minutes, which is another thing that makes these a quick-and-easy bit of craftiness for your day.
This specific piece of fabric measured 3.25" wide and 13" long. I cut off 3" of the fabric—where it was a little bulkier and would have made for an uneven bow.
Next, I folded the edges in on each side. To keep the bow wide enough, I didn't fold the edges all the way to the center, but it's all personal preference!
After that, I folded both ends into the center. (If the fabric starts to get annoying and wants to unfold, you can always put a small dab of hot glue to hold it in place.)
I then put a few lines of hot glue at the center of the bow, underneath the ends that I had just folded. Be sure to only glue the center, because if you go out too far the glue will either start to show through the fabric or will make the whole thing too stiff once it has dried. I pinched the center of the bow while the glue was still warm, so it would hold the shape easier.
Using a strip of the fabric I had removed earlier, I carefully folded in the edges a bit, then wrapped the strip tightly around the center of the bow a couple times.
I glued it in place (just on the back) and snipped off the excess fabric.
Aaaaaaand there you have it. A fabric bow. I kind of want to make one hundred. Bowties? Hair clips? Headbands? Let's do this thing.
A while ago, I bought a bunch of headband elastic (you can find similar here), and this project was definitely the right time to bust it out.
I stretched some around Eisley's noggin to be sure it was the right size, then glued it together. I then attached it to the back of the bow. I glued the bow to the elastic a little bit past the center, that way when she wears it, the bow will form to fit her head and not stick out all crazy-like. (At least, that's always the hope.)
Fancy, right? Not bad for a five minute project. I may have found my calling in life.
Eisley was a bit cranky when I was done with the headband (for some reason, she is always a grump when she wakes up from her nap these days…perhaps she gets it from me?), so I just plopped it on top of her head and tried not to interrupt her episode of Caillou for too long. She doesn't wear headbands as much as hair clips lately, so we'll see if she ends up getting much wear out of this for the time being.
I'm toying with the idea of making a bunch of these for the shop, so I'll be sure to keep you posted! I have so much fabric and elastic on hand that simply isn't being used, so this may be the perfect way to prettify all of that goodness. And because they are so simple and inexpensive to make, they would be a good item to have available in the shop for a consistently low price. We shall see!
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