Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How to Make a Fabric Bow | Tutorial

If you have seen our new Wine Bottle Tote Bag Tutorial you know that there is a cute fabric bow that coordinates with it for a perfect finishing touch! Today, on The Shabby we are going to walk through the step-by-step instructions on how to create a cute bow of your own. If you haven't seen that video, be sure to check it out, along with how to make Wine Glass Coasters! Now, let's get into how this bow comes together!

  • Bow Fabric
  • Knot Fabric
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Iron (medium heat)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
Cuts for your fabrics:
  • Bow: 4" x 25"
  • Knot 3" x 3"
- To adjust the thickness of your bow, increase or decrease the width measurement
- To adjust the length of your bow loops and tails, increase or decrease the length measurement

  1. After choosing your desired length, make your cuts for your Bow fabric.
  2. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, with the Wrong Side Out
  3. Sew along raw edges with a ¼” seam allowance.
  4. Turn Right Side Out through one of the open ends and press flat, with the seam along one edge.
  5. Tuck in the raw edges by ¼” on each side and press, take it to the sewing machine and sew a ¼” seam allowance on both ends.
  6. Lay out your fabric on your mat and find the center, then fold each end across and down to create the shape shown below.
  7. Take a thread and needle and begin a simple basting stitch up the center of the bow.
  8. Continue the basting stitch onto the top half of the bow, making sure to sew a straight line up the middle.
  9. This is what the bow will look like once you have sewn your basting stitch up the center.
  10. Holding onto the top of your thread and pulling gently, gather the fabric in the center of your bow. Begin tightly wrapping the extra thread around the center of your bow several times.
  11. Once you have tightly bound the center of the bow, knot off of the end of your thread to secure it in place.
  12. Cut the knot fabric to 3” x 3”
  13. Fold your knot fabric in half Right Side Out and press, the open up the fabric and fold the raw edges toward the center and press again, then fold in half again and press (last step shown below).
  14. Center your knot fabric over the center of your bow and wrap the two raw ends around to the backside of your bow
  15. Place a dab of hot glue on the center of the backside of your bow and fold one of the raw knot ends over and press into place.
  16. Finish your bow by folding under the other raw edge of your knot and gluing it in place on top of your previously glued piece.
  17. Viola! You have made the perfect fabric bow for a cute addition on any project! Check Out the Video Tutorial for our Wine Bottle Tote that features this bow!


  1. Oh my gosh...You just made my day! I have never really been able to make bows before. Yet, this year, I have fallen in love with creating wreaths and they all need bows. Plus, so many other crafts do, just like your great tutorial above that will make a great Christmas present for a few friends this year. So Thank You so much and Have a fantastic creative day!