We are planning a vacation. I found some great fabric to make drawstring bags to keep in our luggage for dirty clothes and small items, see my tutorial here. I had a scrap of the fabric and wanted to make a bow. I picked up a pack of hula girl embellishments at Hobby Lobby, but check out the selection here. I’ll show you how to make a fabric bow with Cricut Maker.
What You Will Need
- Scrap of fabric 11″ long and 6″ wide.
- elastic hair rubber bands-I like this brand
- Cricut Maker & rotary blade
- pink fabric mat
- sewing machine-I have always owned Brother machines
- thread-my favorite brand
- jewelry/fabric glue
Making Your Pattern
I like the fabric bows with a little point on the end. It’s easy to create the pattern yourself in Cricut Design Space using the basic shapes. Check out my video showing you how here. My finished bow is 7″ long and 2″ wide. For this size, you will need a scrap of fabric 11″ long and 6″ wide. Place fabric right side down on your pink mat. If your mat has been used even a couple of times, I find it’s best to secure the fabric with a little washi tape to keep it from bunching up. Be sure to use your rotary blade!
Sewing Your Bow
Pin right sides of the fabric together and stitch around leaving one side of the middle open for turning. I forgot to take a picture of this step.
Once the bow is turned right side, press it (I use my EasyPress for this when sewing) and top stitch the opening closed. Tie the bow around the elastic rubber band. Use scissors to clip the loop off the back of the hula girl button.
Use E6000 to adhere the button to the bow. Secure the button in place with a large clip until the glue dries.
My daughter is quite happy with the finished bow!
The embellishments came in a pack of three, so of course, I had to use them all!
Click here to see how to make this adorable leather bow with your Cricut. The final hula girl was used to embellish a simple elastic hair tie.
I previously made some cute elastic hair ties using Fold Over Elastic. FOE is very expensive at Joann’s. Ultimately, I ordered several small quantities on Etsy. I loved how they turned out but honestly, they were expensive to make.
I discovered Hobby Lobby sells spools of ribbon that are essentially Fold Over Elastic but way cheaper. The ribbon is 1/2″ wide by 3 yards and sells for $2.99 and goes 50% off. The ribbon is 90% nylon and 10% spandex. It is stretchier than the FOE but still works great for hair ties. My Hobby Lobby only had solid colors.
Cut an 11″ section of the ribbon and use a large embroidery needle to thread the button on to the ribbon.
Threading the ribbon through the button loop proved to be a little harder than I expected. I ended up pulling the needle through with a pair of pliers. Once the button is in the middle of the ribbon, knot the two ends together. To prevent fraying hold a lighter to the ends just to singe the fibers.
Give it a try and see how easy it is to make these adorable hair bows.