Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Blog Hop: Day 5

Christmas countdown: 17 days!
Are you ready?

We've been sharing tutorials for last-minute homemade gift ideas. Skip the stores (well, except your local quilt shop!) and spend time at your sewing machine instead. 

Today Lisa from Stubbornly Crafty is here with the sweetest bow banner tutorial. (With the right fabrics and enough time, this could even be great garland for your Christmas tree!) Lisa used the soft and feminine prints from Eleanor Burns' Zoey collection to make a string of bows that could accessorize a wall or window in a little girl's room, serve as decorations for a birthday party, or hang on a headboard (picture it with a matching quilt and pillow shams!). Check out Lisa's tutorial and and at the end you'll see how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the Zoey prints.

bow banner tutorial

Hi all! I'm Lisa from Stubbornly Crafty here to share my quick and easy last-minute Christmas gift idea. We'll be making this cute bow banner.
For supplies you'll need:
  • fabric
  • needle and thread
  • twine
  • sewing machine
  • serger or pinking sheers
Let's get started. I am using fabrics from the Zoey line. They have a shabby chic feel to them that I just love.
bow banner tutorial
After ironing your fabric, cut out rectangles 8.5"x11" for your bow. When finished, each bow measures 5 inches long by 3.5 inches wide. To figure out how many bows you'll need, measure where you'd like to display your banner. This particular banner I've made is 12 bows long.

bow banner tutorial
Take one of your rectangles and fold it in half long ways with right sides together. Sew down the long side using a 1/4" seam allowance.

bow banner tutorial
Turn right side out.

bow banner tutorial
With the seam down the center, fold your bow in half with the short sides together and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

bow banner tutorial
After sewing, use pinking sheers or a serger to prevent fraying. Turn your fabric so the seam is on the inside in the middle back.

bow banner tutorial
Pinch your bow in the middle.

bow banner tutorial
Wrap your twine around the center of the bow (I wrapped it around five times) and tie in a knot in the back.

bow banner tutorial
Using a needle and thread, sew a few small stitches to attach the bows together.

bow banner tutorial
Once you have all your bows sewn together, hang it up and admire.

Thanks Lisa!
Head over to Lisa's blog to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of the Zoey fabric collection.

Check out our other quick and easy holiday gift tutorials!
Day 1Baby blocks using Safari Playground
Day 2: Travel sewing kit using Made with Love
Day 3: Berry basket of coasters using Origins
Day 4: Mitered napkin set using Boy Meets Girl 
Day 6: Handy golf bag using On the Green
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