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Accessorize – Baby Felt Bow Headband Tutorial

Whew!  It has been such a fun and full week!  My lovely parents came to visit all the way from Utah and left today, many tears were shed 😦  While they were here I worked with my Mom pumping out tons of goodies for my only sister who is due with her first baby girl this winter.  One thing that is a must in my book is little bows 🙂  Really helps with the “Oh my, what a darling little boy” comments.  It also helps to dress up any outfit!  I love the look and feel of felt for these headbands.  I decided to write up a tutorial on the process!  Enjoy!  **Tutorial is for personal use only.  If blogged about, I would appreciate a shout out and possibly a link back here to the tutorial.  Thanks!

*If you don’t have the resources or time to make your own bows but need to get your hot little hands on a sweet everyday set, I have listed a classic colors set of 6 in my shop.


-felt (wool blend used) *Joann fabrics carries basic colors and Etsy is another great place to find wool blend and pure wool felts

waxed beading thread.  This thread is thick like dental floss (you could use dental floss in a bind).  It is very strong and ideal for making bows and hair accessories.  I found mine at Walmart in the beading aisle. Linked up to Amazon.

printable template PDF (please do not redistribute or copy, my own personal design)

-fabric scissors


-elastic (double fold used).  Find it here or here.


Step 1.

Cut felt pieces according to template.  Cut elastic.  Typically newborn babies head’s measure approx. 12.5″-13″, so cut elastic at 13.5″.  If making for older baby or child, measure their head first.  Add 1″ to the measurement to account for overlap.  Now is a good time to thread your needle.  Cut a long piece of beading thread and double it up knotting the ends together.


Step 2.

Fold 5″ piece of felt overlapping ends by about 1/2″ on each end as pictured.

Step 3.

Place folded felt piece on top of 3″ felt piece, centering it.  Set aside.

Step 4.

Making sure elastic isn’t twisted, overlap ends about 1/2″ on each end and hold in place.

Step 5.

Place felt pieces directly over the folded portion of the elastic, center the elastic in back of felt.  Hold with one hand in place.

Step 6.

With the knot starting on the top edge of the bow, make a running stitch (large stitch) and end with the thread on the upper side.

Step 7.

Pulling on thread, bunch up felt so that it creases along stitches.  Hold tight and begin wrapping thread around bow center tightly about 5-6 times (7a).  Turn over bow to back and run needle underneath wrapped thread.  This will create a loop with thread.  Send needle through the loop 3 times.  Pull needle slowly and create a tight knot at the base of bow. (7b)

Step 8.

Place a dab of glue (hot glue used) in front center of bow.  Adhere 1/2″ piece of felt to the glue, centered.

Step 9.

Glue down each end of the 1/2″ piece of felt around the back of the bow.  Trim ends if necessary if they are too long.

Step 10.

Trim the bottom 1″ layer of felt ends into v-shapes.  Try to keep them further out than the bow for the best look.

Step 11.

Use fray check on elastic ends to keep them from fraying or unraveling.  You are done!  YAY!

Now that’s a cute baby head! 🙂

I would love to see bows you make!  Come and enter them into the Flickr group!   

P.S. The boots my baby are modeling are made using my Ruffled Boots Pattern available in my shop!






A Few Pattern Testers Needed!

I have gotten loads of requests for the pattern to the baby boots I made for Eleanor.  I have learned a lot of things trying to make this pattern.  Mainly, that pattern writing is hard!  Really hard.  I have also learned that these booties are really best for small babies.  I had dreams of making the pattern all the way up to 18-24 months, but the way they are designed is best for little wee ones.  So, I have a pattern for 0-3 and 3-6 months done.  I think that is all I am going to attempt.

I need some pattern testers!  I have tested them on Eleanor, but she is just one baby and before I list a pattern for sale I want to ensure that I have made it easy to understand and that the shoes are totally wearable and comfy for lots of different babies 🙂

I still need to work out a few kinks and make a final draft, this week should be plenty of time.  If you are interested in receiving the pattern for free in return of your mad sewing skills (you can be a beginner sewer too!  I want to make sure it is easy enough to follow for a beginner) and feedback, please contact me at sewshesews [at] gmail dot {com}.  I will be taking the first 5 people that contact me.  I really want testers that have a baby or know someone with a baby that can try them out for me.  I also need people who are able to sew the shoes within 2 weeks of receiving the pattern.  Thanks! 🙂

Have a great night!


Quilted Patchwork Bib Pattern And Tutorial

* I just started a flickr group for any projects made using my tutorials.  Please feel free to stop by and post your finished or WIP! :)

*Bibs made using this pattern may be used for personal use only.  It has come to my attention that my pattern has been stolen and was being used along with my tutorial and pictures for a for profit class at a sewing shop.  Not cool.  If you want the PDF for the pattern, email me.  

1. Supplies

  • Fabric (fat quarters are plenty for this project.  You can use as many or little fabrics as you want!
  • UPDATED 9/2012 pattern.  Click bib1 and bib2 to get the PDF files.  It comes in in 2 pieces.  Be sure to select fill page instead shrink to fit when you print or you may end up with a wee bib 😉 When printed it should measure between approx. 6 1/8th” and 6 1/4th” on the fold and 11 3/4″ from tip to bottom.
  • Batting.  I used Warm And Natural cotton batting.
  • Velcro or snaps.  I prefer velcro, it is safer and makes the bib fit longer as you can adjust as the baby gets bigger.
  • Scissors that can cut through multiple layers of fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Marker or pencil for tracing pattern onto fabric.  I use a Mark B Gone pen.
  • Rotary mat and cutter (optional)
  • Chopstick or other tool to smooth curves once bib is turned.

2.  Cut out your fabrics.  I typically cut the top and bottom pieces around 7″x13″ and the middle piece 3.5″x13″ .  That is not a strict rule though!  This is where you can get creative.  You can have as many strips in whatever width you want.  Often times I will feature a cute fussy cut of fabric right smack dab in the middle of the middle row.  You decide! See the bottom of this post for more ideas on piecing!

*If you wanted to make some for meal time, most craft stores sell this fabulous stuff called iron on vinyl!  Iron it onto your pieces before you piece them together!  You won’t need batting for meal bibs.

3.  Sew strips together.  Use a seam allowance of 1/4″

4.  Press seams to either side.

5.  Iron in half, right sides together.

6.  Place pattern right next to fold in fabric.  Using your transfer pen, trace around the pattern.  Make the middle section LOWER than the neck opening.  It becomes too bulky with the seam if you make it any higher, 1/2″-1″ away is a good amount. DO NOT CUT OUT!!

7.  Flip pattern over, match up edges of pattern with lines you have traced and continue tracing bib.

8.  Cut your backing and batting the same-ish size as your top.

9.  Lay your batting down first.  Then lay the WRONG side of your backing fabric facing down towards the batting with the RIGHT side facing up.

10.  Lay your top RIGHT side facing DOWN and WRONG side facing up on top of the backing fabric.  The RIGHT sides of the top and backing fabric should be facing each other.

11.  Pic in several place on the inside of the drawn line.  Make sure your fabric is smooth, flat and wrinkle free.  Also, make sure the pins go through all layers.

12.  Begin sewing right on the line.  Leave a 4-6 space along the side where it is straightest so you can turn the bib right side out.  Make sure and back tack your stitches at beginning and end or else when you turn it will pull apart and turn into a mess!

13.  Using your scissors, cut 1/4″ outside of seam all the way around EXCEPT where you left the open space.  DON’T trim there, you want all that fabric so you aren’t left with any raw edges when you are done.

14.  Cut notches around all the curves.  This is a pain in the you-know-what.  Keep going strong! 😀  Pinking shears also work great if you have them!  Don’t get too close to the seam or you can either clip the stitches, go beyond the stitches or later have fraying that goes beyond the stitches.  All of the above are very, very bad.

15.  Flip that sucker right side out!  Use  your chopstick or turning tool to smooth all the curves out to make it lay nice and flat.  Iron the flap to the opening under.  I trim the BATTING ONLY flush with the outer edge of the bib.  Leaving it just creates unnecessary bulk.  Pin the opening shut.

16.  Starting within the middle section sew or quilt a straight line across.  Any allowance really is fine, it is personal preference.  Continue with each section moving outward.

17.  After the sections have been quilted, sew around the perimeter of the bib catching the opening.  Make your allowance small, around 1/8th” to be sure to catch both of those flaps.

18.  Attach velcro.  One side will go on the top of the bib and the other will go on the back.  Be sure to check your placement before sewing to ensure that they match up when bib is connected.

19.  Mission complete!  You just made a wicked cute bib!  Pat yourself on the back, and make another! 😀

* I would LOVE to see any bibs made from this tutorial!

Here are some examples of a more patchwork style with more quilting.  The possibilities are endless 🙂  Be sure to check out the flickr group to see even more examples!

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Working On The Bib Tutorial

Working on the tutorial today 🙂  I have got the pattern all scanned and pdf-ed and uploaded.  Now, I just need to make the tutorial part.  Hopefully I can finish it up today.  I am SO excited about the fabrics I am using for the example, TO DIE FOR! 😀  Be back really soon.  XOXOXO

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