Classic Bow Alterations

Hello everyone! Today we’re pleased to announce that the incredible SparklePipsi has generously granted us permission via license to include her original bow patterns on our website. In this tutorial, we’re going to discuss how we modify her bow pattern to work for our classic bows

Note: If you’d like to download the files with the alterations already made, you can sign up for our Patreon!

Supplies:

Getting Started: 

Print off a copy of the bow loop piece (Alternatively, you can print off two copies to make a full oval for easier cutting). Make sure when you print that your printer is set to print at 100% scale for accuracy.

For the bow piece, we are going to move the fold from the center (smaller) side of the bow to the outside. When cut, this will result in a large oval, as outlined in our bow tutorial. 

You may want to print two pieces and tape them together for easier fabric cutting.

To make life easier, you may want to repeat this process for the interfacing pieces. The only additional alteration you’ll make is cutting off the ½” seam allowance, as shown below.

Note that the tail piece included in SparklePipsi’s pattern is slightly different than ours. However, they are close enough to yield similar results. 

As with the loop piece, print off a copy at 100%. This time, we’re going to move the center fold to the straight line at the top. 

Again, you can also choose to print two copies and connect them at the fold instead for easier cutting.

Like the bow loops, you may want to prepare a second piece without the seam allowance for the interfacing pieces. Repeat the same process for the bow tails, this time cutting off ½” for the seam allowance.

Label your pieces as follows: 

Bow loops: Cut 4 pieces of fabric (on the fold, if applicable). Cut 2 pieces of interfacing (on the fold, if applicable). Half an inch of seam allowance included. 

Bow tails: cut 2 pieces of fabric (on the fold, if applicable). Cut 1 piece of interfacing (on the fold, if applicable). Half an inch of seam allowance included.

Be sure to label your front bow versus your back bow to prevent confusion. 

Once your pattern alterations are complete, you’re ready to start assembling your bow!

We hope this helps! Again, huge thanks to SparklePipsi for allowing us to include this resource on our website to make life easier for all of you. If you want our patterns with these alterations, make sure to sign up for our Patreon

Additional Credits:

  • Tutorial written by The Geeky Seamstress
  • Photos by Victoria Bane
  • Editing by Koholint