Not this kind of big.
More floppy ’80s big.
In Jr. High school, my sisters and I were obsessed with with making fabric hair bows for ourselves and our friends. If I was at my mom’s house right now, I’d scrounge up the photos for you. But I’m sure you have similar shots of ratted bangs, a pony tail, and a huge bow (topped off with a perm).
I love that big bows have had a comeback the past couple of years. They’re perfect for a headband, bag, purse, shirt, whatever totally rad things you like.
I miss the 80s.
If you need added flair for your next project, here’s how to make a very simple big bow without exposed seams!
Cut two rectangles of fabric.
Use any dimensions you like.
I used 20.5 x 7.5 inches and 5.5 inches x 4 inches.
Start with the large rectangle. Fold it in half lengthwise and sew down the side. Turn it right side out, smooth it out, and iron it flat so that the seam is in the middle back of the rectangle.
Fold under one of the ends of the bow and iron (there’s an even simpler method below if you want the fast and quick). Stuff the raw end of the bow into the folded end and sew them both together, so you have a tube.
It looks like this on the back (the front does not have a seam)
Now let’s make the middle of the bow. Bring the two long ends of the rectangle together.
Sew down the side and iron the seam to the middle back, like we did with the other rectangle above.
Then here’s the fast and quick method for finishing it off (you can use this for the bow above but it leaves a stiffer seam in the back of the bow). Just bring the two ends together and sew or serge them, so the edges don’t fray over time.
Now grab your bow “tube”. Squish it in the middle.
Then stuff it into the small middle tube.
Pull and tug it through.
Make sure the serged seam is all the way in the back. Shape the bow as you like and you’re done!
Sew it onto your favorite bag or safety pin it to a shirt.