I have another great no-sew hair bow today, and this one is made from a vintage handkerchief. The way you fold it really highlights all the great details a vintage hankie usually has, like colored rolled hems and pretty patterns on the outside. I made this one into a hair clip, but it can be used anywhere you need a pretty bow. I think it would look even better on a headband, so I think I will have to make up another one :). Go grab a hankie and meet me after the jump for all the details!
How To Make A Bow From A Vintage Handkerchief
- handkerchief (the smaller the hankie, the smaller the bow)
- needle and thread
- hot glue
- threaded beads, or ribbon
- clip or headband if making into a hair accessory
Lay the hankie out on a flat surface.
Fold the top and bottom in like shown. I like to just do one fold for both the top and bottom, but play around with it, you may decide you like a gathered center.
Now fold the sides into the center.
Pinch the center, gathering the bow like shown.
With a needle and thread, secure the center by sewing through it and then wrapping the thread around a few times.
Now you should have a bow. At this point you could do anything you want with it. If you want to add it to a headband, I would just take ribbon and wrap around the center and onto the headband at the same time, securing with glue.
I chose small beads that came attached to a thread, wrapped around the center and secured with hot glue.
To attach the clip just cut out a little piece of felt and glue to the back,
and then glue the clip to that. Take a second piece of felt and glue to the inside of the clip and join the edges of both pieces of felt with glue.
All finished! I really should have chose a handkerchief with more of a contrasted edge, but I used up most of my stash for the hankie bunting I made for her room :).
You can find a bunch of hair bow and accessory tutorials here, and the best way to hold them too.
Hope everyone has a great week, we are just excited to see the sun here! It has been raining for days. Come back a little later, I have a round-up of the funnest ways to plant flowers :)
This time last year, we were fixing up a pair of plain flip flops. I have another one of those coming up this year too! Until then you can check these out. So cute!