Reversible Hairbows {from 52 Mantels}

Hi! I’m Emily from 52 Mantels, a blog about all things home including weekly mantel makeovers, easy DIY projects, seasonal crafts and simple recipes! I’m SO excited to be visiting My Sister’s Suitcase. These sisters are seriously talented and SO sweet! I feel incredibly honored to be here! 

I love the theme of this series: Girls Just Want To Have Fun. So true! And, what’s more fun than a cute bow?! This tutorial is a very simple sewing project for the beginning sewer. How do I know it’s simple enough for the novice? Well, I’m a total newb when it comes to sewing! But, I’ve come up with a very EASY way to whip this puppies out. 

And, if this newb can do it, so can you! 

A girl also wants OPTIONS. So, each bow is reversible. Fun, huh??

This is a pattern-free sewing project. You just cut basic shapes according to your desired dimensions. Easy-sneezy! I started with 3 identical rectangles from 2 cotton fabrics and one felt fabric. Each bow I made was a different size. Your rectangles will determine the size of your bow!

Stack the three fabrics, with the felt sandwiched between the others, right sides OUT. We will be top-stiching this as-is, so don’t invert the fabrics! Stitch around the rectangle’s edges and then, using pinking sheers, trim the excess fabric. If you find it difficult to keep your rectangles together while you sew, tack them together with a few pins before stitching.

To make the bow’s center, take a long rectangular fabric scrap (at least 2.5 inches wide) and fold it in half, length wise. Stitch down the length of the piece, keeping a one inch seem. Trim the excess and then invert the piece so you have a long tube of fabric. Fold this in half, right sides in and stitch down the end, leaving an opening big enough for your bow’s width. To assemble your bow, fold the rectangle in half (longwise!) and slide it through the middle. To reverse the bow, simply turn the rectangular piece inside the center piece!

I made 4 bows, two with hairclips attached and two without, so they easily slide onto a headband! On a funny note, my red/white striped bow (with blue paisley back) is NOT reversible. Why? Because I accidentally forgot about that whole reversibility idea and stitched the hairclip directly to the paisley fabric. Oops!

Of course, my little cutie had to model them for me. These are perfect for her size head AND for much larger heads. That’s the beauty of this bow.  I might even make one for myself next! 

And, because I know you may not want to tackle this project right away, I’m letting you in on a little secret: there’s a giveaway going on right now for $150 worth of fun, girly items! And, these four bows are part of that package. Sweet! Go enter and GOOD LUCK! 

Thanks for having me Natalie and Holly!! I hope you have a ton of fun at SNAP! 


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Thanks Emily, these bows are darling and we’re going to have to make a few for our little girls now! If you haven’t been to Emily’s blog before, you must go pay her a visit :) The fact that she designs a new mantel every Monday, is pretty darn amazing. We were recently “compeitors” in American Crafter, and I have to say the best woman won!! Everything she creates is something I would want in my own home :) Stop back tomorrow to meet another one of our favorite blog friends, Brooke from Inside-Out Design.

We’ve got some last minute packing to do, and then we’re off to SNAP! We’ll be tweeting about all our adventures, so if you want to get the latest updates, follow us at #MySisSuitcase. We can’t WAIT!!!!

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  1. says

    Aww, you are too sweet. But, your AC projects were AMAZING and if you’d won, it would have been well-deserved! ;-)

    So, I noticed a few typos, which I’ll ignore (that’s what I get for writing past midnight!), but I also noticed I totally skipped a step. This is probably obvious, but if not, let me add: after you’ve stitched the ends of the center piece together, right side IN, trim the excess and then invert the circle so the ends are on the inside.

    I hope that makes sense!

    Thanks for having me over to play today!!

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