DIY Puffy Bow Tutorial

I had some leftover fabric from my DIY Nursing Cover Tutorial, so I threw together a bow.  I’ve made several bow ties for my boys and friends, but I wanted a bow for me!  I was going for the Minnie Mouse vibe, so I added batting to give it softer, cartoon-like edges.

The finished bow is about 4.5” wide by 2.5” tall.

1/4yd fabric
1/4yd batting

Getting Started:

1. Wash and dry fabric, to avoid it changing shape when washed as a finished product.

2. Press fabric to ensure proper shape and measurements.


3. Using selvage as a guide for your right angle, trim off the ragged cut edge.


4. Cut:
Bow Fabric: 6×10”  (could also do 3×20” if working with odd shaped scraps)
Center Fabric: 2.75×3.75”
Batting: 2.75×9.75” (a piece slightly smaller than the tube you create with the bow fabric)



5. Fold fabric right sides facing each other, into a 3×10” tube.

6. Press fold.

7. Place batting on top of folded fabric.

8. Sew fabric into a tube, with batting on top of fabric, with 1/4” seam allowance.


9. Turn right side out.


10. Press with seam in middle (I did mine on the edge, but it would probably have more appeal, hidden in the middle).

11. Fold tube, right sides facing each other, and sew 1/4” seam allowance.


12. Turn right side out.


13. Fold fabric into tube, lengthwise.

14. Press fold.

15. Sew 1/4” seam allowance.


16. Turn right side out.

17. Press with seam in the middle.


18. Fold, right sides facing each other.

19. Sew 1/4” seam allowance.


20. Turn right side out.

21. Stuff your bow into your center loop.  It should be a little tight, so once in place, it won’t budge.  (I prefer this over the hand-stitching alternative)


Now you have a bow!


To turn it into a clip, hot glue a clip onto the back of the bow.  You can glue on a grippie onto the inside of the clip to help keep it where you clip it.


Hope you love it!


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