Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sew A Bow Tutorial...

The girls were invited to their dance teacher's bridal shower. I made up a big ice cream themed gift basket. The basket had 4 glass ice cream dishes, 4 ice cream soda glasses, spoons and all the goodies to go with it: 6 different sauces, sprinkles, nuts, cherries, ice cream scoop, straws and root beer soda for floats. I had it all wrapped up right before they were due to leave, but realized I didn't have a bow wide enough for the size of the basket. What's a girl to do...dip into her fabric stash of course!!! See below for a quick tutorial.

Decide how wide you would like the bow to be.
The formula for any width would be: double the desired size and add 1

In this example, the finished bow is 3" wide, so cut a strip of fabric 7" x width of fabric (selvage to selvage). space

Fold over both long edges 1/2" to the wrong side and iron.

Fold entire piece in half length wise and iron. Stitch close to edge with matching thread. (I used black so you can see it)

Use pinking shears and cut the shorts ends straight across or make the points as shown below.

And there you have it...a quick bow made minutes before the party. If you're making a basket type gift, you can also hem a square of fabric to line the inside of the basket to match the bow.


We have another bridal shower, a wedding and a ton of birthdays all the way 'til the end of July, so I'd better get sewing on some bows!!space

Hope you have a great day,



  1. What a good idea....certainly adds to the nice look of a wonderful gift basket.

  2. I have started wrapping my gifts in scrap fabric and this bow will be a nice touch to it.
    Thanks for the links.

  3. What a great idea...thank you so much for sharing. And your pictures are great.

  4. Great idea...some fabrics that I won't be using in quilts will still make perfect bows!

  5. This is an excellent idea! Your red checkered bow was very attractive - especially for a basket of ice-cream goodies.

  6. Very nice and I love that you did pinking shears for the ends since that makes even that much faster! and by the time I get to wrapping it it usually is really time to go! :)

  7. Hi!

    I just stumbled upon your blog from Ruby Reds.

    I love your blog title!

    I, too, love to sew. I actually have a business custom designing handbags I love it that much.

    I have made 3 quilts so far and am ADDICTED!!!

    There is just nothing better than working with your hands all while being creative.

    Clever, crafty and thematic on the gifts with handmade bows...adore it!!

    It's just so much more rewarding to give something handmade and from the heart for the giver and the receiver, huh?

    .mac :)

  8. I said I would come to visit! I see that you are a Karen, too. Also note that you took a trip to Florida, down my way. And I am a "Waltons" fan. My husband said I should have been born back in "those days".

  9. What a great idea for all of those tidbits of fabric stashed away! So cute.

  10. What a fabulous way to make a bow! Thank you for the tutorial.


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