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DIY Knotted Bow Barrette

Whew, I'm back on the blog, hooray! We moved into our first house this spring. Having a backyard is amazing! The girls love running barefoot through the grass and watching the flowers spring up in the yard. Now that we are settled in, I am ready to start another project. 

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Knotted Bow Barrettes

I found this knotted bow clip on Etsty. It's similar to the knotted headbands I made last summer. Without using a template, I guesstimated the bow shape and traced my own pattern. I surveyed the heap of scrap fabric from my sewing tote and found some unique, bold and floral textiles.

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Heap of colorful textiles!

I cut two pieces of fabric for each bow using my impromptu paper pattern. After pinning the right sides together, I started sewing just after the neck of the bow. It's important to start there so that when you come back around you leave a small opening to turn the bow right-side out. The hole or gap in the bow is hidden when you tie the knot at the end.

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Finished bow on top, sans-knot bow in middle, and my pattern on bottom

To make the center of the bow, I tied a basic overhand knot. After some experimentation, I found that the bows looked nicer with a large lose knot vs. a small tight knot. For some of the bows, I preferred the smooth backside of the knot to be facing outward (ex. green stripe and green flower bows in first photo). Other bows looked good with the twisted knotted facing outward (ex. blue and peach floral bows).

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Font of bow

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Back of bow

The barrette clips were easy to add to the bow. I simply slipped the barrette through the knot in the back. No glue, no extra sewing. Viola! All done. 

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Forget-Me-Not floral bow.

These bows are so fun! Dress up a ponytail or use as an accent for a headband. I've made six already, but want to sew a few more for gifts. 

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A bow for every outfit!


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