bowdabra bow maker tutorial--raggie bow
Rag bows are a wonderful way to reuse old clothes or small scraps of
fabric leftover from other craft projects. However, rag bows can be
rather tediousness to make because they usually require sewing each rag
piece to the previous one. The Design Team at Bowdabra, however, came
up with a really fun and easy way to make a rag bow – with NO Sewing!
To make the rag bow you will need:
1. To begin cut strips of fabric. I cut fabric strips 1″ wide and 5″
long. I am a quilter so I have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter.
However, you can easily cut the strips by hand it is just more time
consuming. To prevent fraying you can also use sheering scissors to cut
the fabric. I love the vintage look of the fabric fraying so I left it
with just the straight cut. You also can add a no-fray blocker to the
fabric once it is cut if you would prefer. Again, though, I think the
fraying keeps with the classic, vintage, rag-bow style.
2. Next, place 24″ of Bowdabra Bow Wire folded in half into the
center of the Bowdabra. The Bowdabra Bow Wire is the key to this bow.
You need the wire to pull the fabric really tightly and I highly
recommend using the wire to hold your bow together.
3. Now, start to place your fabric strips into the center of the
Bowdabra. Try to keep each strip on center.
4. Continue adding fabric strips until you are over halfway up the
5. Next, scrunch the fabric strips down with the Bowdabra Wand.
6. Now, taking your Bowdabra Bow Wire thread the wire tails through
the loop that was formed when you folded the wire in half, at the
7. Pull the wire tightly. The wire needs to be pulled extra tight to
push all the fabric down and keep it all securely in place.
8. Take the rag bow out of the Bowdabra. Bring the wire around to
back of the bow, fluff the bow a bit and separate fabric from each
other. Then tightly tie the Bowdabra Bow Wire to the back of the bow.
9. If you would like your Rag Bow, to be used as hair bow, attach a
lined alligator clip to the back of the bow using the Bowdabra Bow
Wire. Or use the wire to attach to a headband, other types of hair bow
hardware, or even onto a pin.
10. Walla, your Rag Bow is finished! Rag Bows look wonderful in
hair, on top of presents, attached to flip-flops, or even used as
Helpful Hints: You can starch the bow if you would like to add
stiffness. If you do starch it I recommend starching the bow and then
hanging it upside so that the fabric falls forward and to the center.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 09 March, 2013.