Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Color Me Bow Holder Tutorial

Hi there!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now that things are getting back to normal it's time to organize and sew! While organizing my daughter's closet I noticed the large number of bows she has, and as I was running out of bow holders, I decided to make my own using very little fabric. I used Color Me fabric by Hayley Crousse for Michael Miller Fabrics. Every time I use this fabric line I think of the unlimited possibilities, this project is no exception. I am sure that aside from decorating my daughter's room it would also make a great party activity and favor and it is so, so easy to make!

Here's what you will need:

Color Me fabric scraps
Ribbon (at least 18 inches, I used 1.5 inches wide because that's what I had on hand)
D Ring (I used a 1.25", pick one according to your choice of ribbon width)
Any buttons or embelishments of your choice.

Step 1:

Cut 1 piece of fabric 8" x 3.5
Cut 1 piece of fabric 12.5" x 3.5"
Cut 1 piece of ribbon on the desired length for your bow holder, plus about 3 inches.

Step 2:

Fold fabric in half, right sides together by the long sides. Press.

Step 3:

Sew along the long sides with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving both short sides open for turning. You will have 2 tubes that resemble a strap.

Step 4:

Turn right sides out using the method of your choice (I used a  dritz turning tool). Press and topstitch. I used contrasting thread to match my ribbon.

Step 5:

Bring the short ends together and overlap at the middle. Pin or use a clip to secure and stitch down the middle. Don't worry that it doesn't look pretty and it's not serged/finished, that area will be covered with ribbon.  Repeat with other piece.

Step 6:

Place smaller piece on top of larger one, making sure they are centered and secure with a pin or clip and carefully sew down the middle.

Step 7:

On the wrong side of your bow  (the side that has the longest tube/strap) center the ribbon and place about 1/2" inch from the edge. Sew in Place.

Step 8:

Take your D-Ring and run it trough the ribbon, with the round side up. Bring ribbon up and around the center until it meets the back again. Secure with a pin and sew at the bottom only, with 1/4" seam allowance. Seal the bottom end of your ribbon with a lighter or fray-check to avoid fraying.

Step 9:

Add any embellishments or none. You are done!

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