By now you should know how obsessed with felt I am! So of course today’s tutorial is made with felt! Duh!
I love all things hair and hair accessories. 14 years in the industry will do that to a girl… I always see cute hair bows and clips and headbands and think to myself, “Self! I can make that!” It’s ingrained in my brain!
Today’s tutorial is super easy, super cheap, and should take you about 10 minutes and that includes letting the glue gun heat up.
All you need is;
That’s all! Easy right?!
I always free hand my felt cutting, I just find it easier, but if you can’t I suggest drawing it out first and using a template.
You will need to cut 3 pieces of felt.
To do this, I cut out 3 rectangles. 1 was 5″x 1″, one was 3″x 1″ and the other was a skinny strip for the center, about 2″x 1/4″. You can very easily make these bigger to fit your needs.
Take the biggest piece and fold it in half. On the open end of the fold you will cut a little tab, and then curve it around like the picture above. It kind of looks like a bathing suit top.
Take the second longest piece and fold it in half. On the open end of the fold, cut the notches for the bow ends, like above. Curve the middle bit in a little to create a bow tie shape. You can probably trace the picture above with paper if you need help, but after you do it a couple times, you’ll have it down and it’s much easier to cut by hand than to trace it over and over.
Taking the bathing suit shaped piece, place a small dot of glue in the center and fold each tab down to meet in the middle.
Next, flip it over and place it on top of a dab of glue in the center of the bow tie piece.
Use the small piece and glue one end to the back of the bow. Wrap it around the center of your bow, add a clip and glue it down to secure.
Easy? It’s sort of confusing the first time around, but soon you will be able to crank them out very quickly!
Practice makes perfect! Try them with different colors and different sizes!
Eventually you will have enough for every day of the week and every outfit and holiday! And here’s the kicker… each felt sheet makes about 5 small sized bows… and at around .30 cents a sheet, that comes out to barely anything! You can grab a box of those single prong clips at Sally’s Beauty Supply. Don’t waste your money spending a ton for those clips on a craft website! Sally’s sells BOXES of them for a few dollars. It’s what we used to use in beauty school for roller sets on the cute little old ladies!
If you have any questions about this tutorial, please leave a comment and I will try me best to answer it for you as soon as I can!