By Leisa Midgley - i.e.Kids
Bows are something I really enjoy making as an addition or accessory for all my spandex outfits. I almost feel like an outfit is not complete without a matching bow!
There are many different ways you can make bows but this is my preferred method.
Start by making yourself a bow template measuring 8cm x 12cm and use your template to cut 1 rectangle from your spandex.
Fold your rectangle in half and mark the centre point along the top. Sew using a 3/8” (1cm) seam along the top, leaving a small gap of about 1.5cm – 2cm in the centre, this gap will be used for turning later.
Slide the seam to the centre of the ‘tube’ you have made. Sew down each side and clip the corners.
Turn out the rectangle in through the hole you left in the centre.
Make a rectangular tube, 3/8” (1cm) wide. This will be cut to length and become your bow centre. I find them easiest to turn using a loop turner. You can buy one here.
Cut a piece of spandex tubing approximately 1 1/4'”(3.25cm) long and set aside.
Pick up your spandex rectangle and using a needle and thread, sew in and out of the middle of your rectangle. Pull the threads tight. I also like to wrap the thread around the middle a few times before knotting off at the back.
Stitch one end of your spandex tubing piece to the back of the bow. Wrap the tubing around the middle front and stitch it again to join the tubing at the back.
Your bow is now complete and ready to add to your spandex outfit, attach to a clip or glue to headband for a cute accessory.
- Make a smaller bow by folding your template in half. Use a ¼” seam allowance. Sew your spandex tubing for the bow centre at a width of ¼” and cut it at a length of 1” (2cm).
- Make a larger bow by cutting your spandex on the fold along the longest side of your template. Use a 1/2” seam allowance. Sew your spandex tubing for the bow centre at a width of 1/2” and cut it at a length of 1 1/2” (4cm).
Here are a few of my creations!