A girl also wants OPTIONS. So, each bow is reversible. Fun, huh??
This is a pattern-free sewing project. You just cut basic shapes according to your desired dimensions. Easy-sneezy! I started with 3 identical rectangles from 2 cotton fabrics and one felt fabric. Each bow I made was a different size. Your rectangles will determine the size of your bow!
Stack the three fabrics, with the felt sandwiched between the others, right sides OUT. We will be top-stiching this as-is, so don't invert the fabrics! Stitch around the rectangle's edges and then, using pinking sheers, trim the excess fabric. If you find it difficult to keep your rectangles together while you sew, tack them together with a few pins before stitching.
To make the bow's center, take a long rectangular fabric scrap (at least 2.5 inches wide) and fold it in half, length wise. Stitch down the length of the piece, keeping a one inch seem. Trim the excess and then invert the piece so you have a long tube of fabric. Fold this in half, right sides in and stitch down the end, leaving an opening big enough for your bow's width. To assemble your bow, fold the rectangle in half (longwise!) and slide it through the middle. To reverse the bow, simply turn the rectangular piece inside the center piece!
I made 4 bows, two with hairclips attached and two without, so they easily slide onto a headband! On a funny note, my red/white striped bow (with blue paisley back) is NOT reversible. Why? Because I accidentally forgot about that whole reversibility idea and stitched the hairclip directly to the paisley fabric. Oops!
Thanks Emily, these bows are darling and we're going to have to make a few for our little girls now! If you haven't been to Emily's blog before, you must go pay her a visit :) The fact that she designs a new mantel every Monday, is pretty darn amazing. We were recently "compeitors" in American Crafter, and I have to say the best woman won!! Everything she creates is something I would want in my own home :) Stop back tomorrow to meet another one of our favorite blog friends, Brooke from Inside-Out Design.
We've got some last minute packing to do, and then we're off to SNAP! We'll be tweeting about all our adventures, so if you want to get the latest updates, follow us at #MySisSuitcase. We can't WAIT!!!!