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Bows are everywhere.  They are a great alternative to flowers which are also out there too.  There are lots of things you can create bows to adorn.  Think about headbands, hair bands, clips.  This tute can be reduced or enlarged to suit any project.  The bows make great embellishments for hand/shoulder bag or purses.
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Step 1: Step One

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Choose your fabric scraps.  Co-ordinating or contrasting works fantastically well.  Cut your fabric to the create a rectangle.  5" by 6".

Step 2: Step Two

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Fold your fabric in half.  Press.

Step 3: Step Three

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Sew in the directions shown on the image.  Leave a space for turning.  Remember to reverse your stitches near the opening.  This section will be stressed.

Step 4: Step three (additional photo)

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Step 5: Step Four

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Sew.  Do this with your sewing machine if you have one.  If not, use the traditional method; needle and thread.  When this is complete, trim with pinking shears if you have them.  Trim quite close, this way you won't have bulky seams.  Remember to cut the corners off at a 45 degree angle.

Step 6: Step Five

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Turn and press.  Top stitch around the entire shape.  Keep your stitching as closely as you can to the edge of the shape.

Step 7: Step Six

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Find the centre of the shape.  Do this by folding the shape in half and pressing.

Step 8: Step Seven

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Thread needle with complimentary thread.

Step 9: Step Eight

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Sew a running stitch along the pressed line.  Remember to knot your thread end.

Step 10: Step Nine

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Your shape now resembles a bow.  Think pasta!

Step 11: Step Ten

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Repeat all steps with another piece of fabric in either a complimentary or contrasting colour.  Reduce the size of this rectangle inch in length and width.

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Lay the smallest bow on top of the other.  Tack with hand sewn stitches.

Step 13: Step Twelve

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Cut a piece of fabric 1" by 2 1/2".  Fold in half lenth ways and sew close to edge.  With WS together WS =Wrong Sides.

Step 14: Step Thirteen

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This is what it looks like when it has been sewn.

Step 15: Step Fourteen

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Use this piece of fabric to form a ring around the centre of the two pieces of fabric.  Pin.

Step 16: Step Fifteen

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Voila.  Add seed beads, buttons lace and anything else at this stage. 

Step 17: The End

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MariyumArif5 months ago
LemurX5 years ago
 I know I'll be using this a lot, thanks very much. :)
mafaldamom5 years ago
Thanks for making it easy . I am planning to make a red bowtie for my tuxedo cat. Love, your pictures ! momz
Can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!
adidame5 years ago
This is great!  Thanks!  PS, i like your image/instructions.  Great idea.
i like your handwriting :)
kittenglitter (author) 5 years ago
Thanks for your comments.  Sorry that you thought I was offering a pattern for a bow tie, perhaps that is something I could do in the future.  One thing is definite, there have been lots of views to this project which is encouraging so I think I might have a go again soon.
Ninzerbean5 years ago
This is wonderful - thank you! 
SinAmos5 years ago
Wait, this isn't a bow-tie?
No, a bow-tie utilizes a special technique for tying a more or less rectangular strip of cloth (some have a bit of a wave-like pattern to them pre-tying).