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Posted on: 10/27/06 10:52 AM
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Baby Steps 7 – How to make a flat bow
Here's how to add a flat bow, 1950’s style. Looks good on a skirt hem or bodice band. Here’s how:

The pattern:
1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric on the straight grain. Make the main piece twice the length and twice the width of the finished bow, plus ¼” SA on all four sides.
2. Make the other piece, the centerpiece, shorter and narrower to wrap around the main piece. Add ¼” seam allowance to the long sides.
3. If your fabric is droopy, interface it. Keep in mind, however, that this is supposed a flat bow and every layer/stitch adds bulk.

Main Piece:
1. With right sides together, sew a 1/4” seam. Press the seam open over dowel (gives a hard edge press) and turn. Position the seam line in the middle. Press.
2. Make pleats on the centre front and sew them down using a wide zig zig. The pleats should run horizontally and be as wide as the centerpiece.
3. Trim ¼” off each raw end then repeat step 3.
4. Fold the ends under so that they meet. Sew through all layers using a wide zig zag. Press.

1. With right sides together, sew a 1/4” seam. Press the seam open over a wooden chopstick and turn right side out. Position the seam line in the middle. Press.
2. Finish the raw edges and press.
3. If you want to topstitch, do it now.

Make the bow
1. Wrap the centerpiece around the main piece, overlapping raw edges at centre back, and hand stitch in place.
2. Using teeny weeny stitches, slip stitch the folded edges of the centerpiece to the main piece. This ‘pouffes’ (?is that a word) it up.

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SimsSews said... (1/25/07 4:07 PM) Reply
Now I know what "hard press" means. Very coutour, professional looking, thanks again Helen.
Mufffet said... (11/4/06 1:55 PM) Reply
Your bow is so cute. Thanks for the information - I would have had no idea how to do this. I need to remember this is here when I need it! Thanks!
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