This is my first tutorial! So bear with me, its extremely picture heavy and features my poor sewing skills -.-' But i hope you like the finished product! :
So here we go, you will need:
- patterned fabric
- stiff net/tulle
- needle and thread
- beads (optional)
Now lets get started!
Begin by cutting the piece of material you want for the main part of the bow into a rectangle. The size of this piece depends completely on how big you want your bow, and i did no measurements and just went completely with the print on my fabric! (isnt it cute?)
You will also need to cut a piece of your stiff net to around the same size, though dont worry if theres slight over hang or the cuts arent straight, i was using offcuts and it didnt affect my finished item at all! Lay the patterned material over the net like so:
Now all you need to do is stitch around the edge to join the net to the back of the fabric, the stitches dont have to be overly tidy as theyll be covered up by lace! After youve stitched and trimmed any net over hang, you should have something a little like this:
Our next step is to start edging the bow, so pin your lace along the edge (this will cover any shakey cutting!) and stitch along like so:
This is all lovely, however we still have a scrappy edge and that wont do for any lolita hairstyle.
So, fold this edge over and stitch along it, giving a far more polished finish to our bow!
You should now have something a little like this:
Dont worry about the back not looking perfect, it wont be seen!
Now we need to make our rectangle a little more bow like. Ping the fabric together in the middle of the rectangle and add a stitch or two, giving you something like this:
Now we need to cover this with a little ribbon, i chose plain white as my fabric is so busy, but you could use patterned ribbon, or even lace to do this:
Now to make our beautiful bow wearable, slip another length of the ribbon through the loop youve just made like this:
(Alternatively you could add a pin and where your bow as a brooch, or you could slip an alice band through the loop and wear it as a hairband if you prefer.)
I added some beads as a final touch, however this is optional.
And there you have it! Your very own oversized headbow. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Id love to see any bows anyone creates.