Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Scrappy Bow Bunting Tutorial


I make a lot of these bows for onesie dresses and thought how cute they would be as a bunting. I had been wanting to add something to hang above Elle's bed for some time and was planning on making a tissue paper tassel garland but then decided to give the bow bunting a try. Love how it turned out. I'm even thinking about selling them in the Hello High Handmades etsy shop.

Here's a short little how-to on how I made it. I'm not too great at explaining things in detail but I'll try my best :)....


Collect your fabric. I used all scrap fabric that I had leftover from other projects. The width of the finished bow is 6.5" so you can determine the width of your bunting based off that measurement. My bunting has 9 bows so its about 59" long.

Once you have all your fabric collected, its time to cut the fabric. You'll cut out 2 pieces per bow: a 14.5" x 4.5" for the bow and a 4" x 2.5" for the center piece. I use my cutting mat and rotary blade to cut fabric but you could definitely use scissors just as easily.


Now you'll assemble your main bow piece:
1. Fold your big rectangle in half and lightly press with an iron to create a center fold line.
2. Fold over one short end 1/2" and press.
3. Right sides together, bring the folded end into the center and match the raw edge up with the fold line. Then bring the unfolded end in and cover the raw edge of the folded end.
4. You can either pin in place, press or both. I never pin these bows, I find it an unnecessary step.


Next, you'll run a straight stitch along both raw edges and clip all the corners. You've created a little pocket in the middle. Pull your fabric inside out using that little pocket and be sure to poke out your corners. I use the end of one of Elle's small paint brushes to help poke them out :)


This one is kind of hard to explain....

To create your center piece:
1. Fold one long end over 1/4" and press. Fold the other long end over 1/2" and press.
2. Take the 1/4" fold and over lap the 1/2" fold making about a 1-1 1/4" band. Press.
3. Once folded and pressed take one of the short ends and fold over 1/2" and press.


Fold the bow accordion style with the side seams and open pocket side to the back. Then, wrap the band around the center of the bow, putting the folded end on the top. Make sure your closure is at the back of the bow and then hand stitch it close. This doesn't have to be any where near perfect as its the back of the bunting and will never be seen.

I didn't take a picture of the next step because I forgot. Go figure. I actually didn't even realize I forgot to take the picture until I was editing.

But you'll lay out the bow pieces in order making sure that they're all facing the right direction and then you'll hand stitch the corners of the bow together.

You can see above where they are stitched together in the upper corners.

If you have a basic knowledge of sewing, this is a very easy sew. It's super easy for any beginner who knows how to operate a machine. PLEASE leave me a comment or email me (hellohighblog at gmail) if you have any questions and I will try to help! Like I said, I don't excel in explaining...even in person...but I hope I did a good enough job for you to be able to make this bunting :)


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