How to Make a Fabric Bow | Tutorial

If you've be reading WhipperBerry for any time at all, you know I LOVE good packaging.  I love those extra special embellishments that really say that you've taken the time and effort to make the gift or goodie something extra special.  Not too long ago I saw a tutorial on how to make one of those generic bows out of burlap  from For the Love, and it got me thinking… I wonder if you could make a fancy stacked bow out of fabric and have it still have a crisp form?  I started to play around and sure enough you can.  Here is how to make a DIY fancy bow out of fabric…

 

Here is your supply list

  • Fabric ~ I used fat quarters and they work perfect for this.
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  • Interfacing ~ I used Wonder Under
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  • Stapler & Staples
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  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
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  • Iron & Ironing Board

Cut fabric interfacing {Wonder Under} to 8×20 inches. Iron the "right" side of the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

 

Let the fabric cool and then peel the paper from the interfacing that is now affixed to the the fabric.

Place another piece of 8×20 fabric "right" side up on the top of the "wrong" side, with the interfacing sandwiched in the middle and then iron together.

Cut fabric into 9

strips…

  • Three
  • 10 inches
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  • Three 9 inches
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  • Two 8 inches
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  • One 6 inches

Starting with the first 10 inch strip of fabric, make a loop on one end with the tail meeting up in the middle. Flip the fabric over and do the same with the opposite end witht he tails meeting in the middle and overlaping slightly.

 

Place a staple or two to secure the two loops.

Repeat with the rest of the 10, 9 & 8 inch strips of fabric.

Start to layer each section starting with the largest {10 in.} loops criss crossing them and adding a dab of hot glue in the middle to secure.

 

Continue Layering the largest to the smallest in the criss cross pattern until you have used all of the 10, 9 & 8 inch loops.  With the 6 inch strip of fabric, make a simple loop making sure to size it to bow. Secure with a staple or a dab of hot glue.  Then place at the top of the bow with a dab of hot glue. Voila… You now have a stunning fabric bow!

If you would like to print the instructions for this tutorial click here for the PDF version…

Here are some other fun Holiday tutorials from WhipperBerry that you may like to try…

 

You can try your hand at a fun Felted Wool Garland or some stylish Ribbon Trees.

Comments

    • says

      Vicki, you’ve totally made my day! I would love to do that someday. Right now I work on my skills while talking care of my four kiddos. Maybe when they are older and I can work on that dream. Thanks again!
      kisses
      heather

  1. Sarah H. says

    Visiting from the Letter 4. You are so talented! Can’t wait to live vicariously through your creativity (and maybe try a few things along the way).

  2. Peggy says

    8 x 10 fabric, 9 strips 1 inch wide? Wouldn’t we need a 9 x 10 piece of fabric? So sorry. I’m just making sure. I have a great idea for a bow. I drew my nieces name for Christmas. I was going to print a photo of her son on fabric printer sheets. I know he will be a little ‘chopped up’ but I think it’ll be cute.
    Maybe will have to do ‘fussy cuts’ so she can tell who it is! Not sure if the Wonder Under would affect the photo. I guess I’ll find out!

  3. Sammy says

    This is great! Except the material that fixes fabric to fabric and acts like glue isn’t called interfacing…It’s called heat and bond or vliesofix – depending on the company…I work at a fabric shop and nearly everyone asks for the wrong thing, or can’t explain properly what it does!

  4. says

    Out of curiosity, have you ever given a present with a DIY bow like this where the person’s reaction was more on the negative?

    By which I mean, perhaps someone could tell it was made rather than bought and they viewed the DIY one as inferior.

    hehe sorry, just questions running over my head while looking through your beautiful photos.

    Or maybe a better question, can people sense when something is made rather than bought?

  5. Sandy says

    Your bows are fabulous! If you wanted to stiffen fabric to make one-sided bows, mix water and modge podge, run your pre-cut strips of cloth through your mix, hang to dry and form bows as you would with continuous ribbon. You can also do this with Elmer’s and water.

  6. Lil Templeman says

    I immediately fell in love w/your bows but thought they were going to be too difficult to make to be shared on my “EZ Craft” Pinterest board, But thanks to your excellent instructions, Heather, even I can make them! Your clearly written directions and photos are a tremendous help to visual learners like me! You really do take the simple things in life and make them beautiful. Thank you for making me feel creative by sharing your special projects!

  7. says

    Hi there! This is such a great tutorial. I have been saving it since last year! I haven’t made any yet, but I was thinking, if you’re interested, we’re doing a Christmas linky party right now, kicking off the season with inspiration from year’s past. I’d love it if you wanted to link up! Let me know!

    ~Angela~

  8. says

    I am so with you on packaging!  I love looking at a gift and see how well packaged it is.  The attention to details from the paper to the bow is absolutely what I love about it.  In my mind, it doesn't matter what's inside as I'm receiving this fabulous wrapped gift and I love it!  Thanks for sharing!

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