Yesterday I unveiled my Weekender Cabana t-shirt with its bow action. After a question in the comments, I put together a bow-making how-to. This technique is snagged from New Look 6808. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this is a 1600 word post. Plus captions.
[Step 1 – cut out a rectangle. The dimensions should be at least the same width as your finished bow plus two inches (my sample is about 10” wide, I’ll cut it down in a few steps) and the height should be about twice the height of your finished bow. My sample is about 6” high. My finished bow will be around 5” wide by 3” high.]
[Step 6 – Topstitch along the other end. Note, if you don’t want visible topstitching, go back to step 2 and fold right sides together so that the long ends meet in the center instead of the edge. Then sew the two short ends, turn right side out and and hand sew the long edges together. They will be in the center of the bow instead of the edge, so you won’t be able to see the unfinished seam. Much.]
[Step 7 – Find the center of the bow by folding carefully in half. Mark the center by creasing well or with a pin. Stitch a line of gathering stitches along the center. I increased the stitch length to 4.5mm and loosened the tension a bit. Alternately, a line of handbasting would do the trick.]
[Step 12 – tack the finished end of the tube to the back of the bow. Carefully line up the line of the gathering stitches and the center seam on the fabric tube. Be careful to get everything nice and centered.]