Friday, October 21, 2011

Felt bow tutorial.

It's finally Friday! 
Which means it's the last blog post for the week.
This is a super simple tutorial for a felt bow.
All you need for this project is:
- A sheet of felt.
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun w/glue 
- A needle
- Thread (Any color you choose)
- Hair clip or safety pin
First step is to cut out two same sized rectangles out of your felt.

 Place them on top of each other to make sure they're even. (cut the sides if uneven)

After you thread your needle, tie a knot at the end and sew through one corner of the felt.

Then you start stitching around the edge of the felt.

Once you're done stitching, pull the thread through one of the corners like you did in the beginning.

Cut your thread but leave it long enough to tie a knot.
Like this.

Trim all four strings and you should have a perfectly stitched rectangle.
Once it's trimmed and stitched, pinch down the middle and it will start to take the
shape of a bow.

Once you've done that, take your needle and thread and sew through the middle of the bow.

Try to stay in the middle of the bow making sure that the sides of your bow are even.
The more you sew, the tighter the bow will be.
It doesn't have to look pretty since you're going to be covering the middle.
Mine looked like this.

After it's sewed, you're going to cut a thin strip off of the leftover felt sheet.
It doesn't have to be super long, it just has to fit around the bow.

Trim the strip so that it flaps over in the back.

This is where the hot glue gun comes in.

Add your glue to the bottom strip and flap the other one over.
Press until the glue is dry and it should look like this in the back.

Next you're going to add your hair clip to the back.

All you have to do is slide the clip through the back and you're done!
I was going to use Mia to model the bow for me but she was asleep so I had to use
the only other girl besides me to model it.

As you can tell, it didn't really work out.
My only other option was this.

The things he does for love. (Sophia photobombed) 
I still wasn't satisfied, so I took one for the team and snuck a picture of my baby asleep.

There you go, the bow on an angel.
 It's a bit bigger than the others that I've made but you can just cut the felt rectangle smaller.
You can also use a safety pin instead of a hair clip if you want to pin it to your clothes.
The felt flower tutorial here could also be used as hair clips
 or could be safety pinned onto a shirt or sweater.
I was thinking about pinning a small black bow tie to Rigby's collar for Halloween. 
It'll be cheap, easy and comfortable for him to wear since the felt is so soft.
I hope you guys enjoyed this very in depth tutorial.
New post on Monday.
See ya. 

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