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Topic: HELP PLEASE How to make big fabric bow skirt  (Read 9466 times)
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« on: August 22, 2008 06:40:55 AM »


I wondering if anyone could give me instructions with picture on how to make a big bow like on the skirt below.
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008 06:53:14 AM »

I would imagine you would just make a long tube of fabric with the ends hemmed closed and then tie it in a bow. I'd also tack it together in the middle, underneath the top piece. That way the stitches wouldn't show, but the bow would stay together.

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008 07:15:33 AM »

Actually those aren't tied at all. 
Determine how wide you want your bow to be when it's tied, I'm guessing 14"- 18", multiply by 3, this is your length, don't forget to add another inch for seam allowance. How wide do you want the portions of the bow? The one pictured looks 5"-6". Double that, add the seam allowance & now you know how big to cut your fabric. Get innerfacing & cut it the same size, medium weight is probably best.
Example: 18" wide bow= 18 x 3 = 54" long+1" seam allowance= 55" long, 6" wide x 2 =12" +1" seam allowance = 13" Total size of fabric & facing 55" x 13"

Sew the facing & fabric into a long tube, sew it like a bag, closing both ends & leaving a gap for turning in the center of the long side. Turn & press. Take a scrap & make a small tube for the bows' center, it does not need to be finished on the ends. Find the center of your long sash & fold each end in & past the center point so you have the bow loops size & tail size you like, pin. By hand, baste a row of stitches through all layers right through the center, all the way across the center of the bow. Pull tight to gather bow in the center. Tie off the thread tight. By hand whipstitch the center tube to the back of your bow, wrap it around the front hiding your basting & stitch down the lower tail in the back again.

The keys to it looking good are innerfacing & pressing at every step. Bows that size don't stand up on their own.
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