This easy flower hair bow is quick to make using scraps of fabric. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a patriotic craft perfect to celebrate the 4th of July!
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Easy Flower Hair Bow – Fabric Scrap Project
My husband and daughter went to get a take-and-bake pizza for dinner, and I made this cute and easy flower hair bow in 20-minutes. I guess I was just so happy I didn’t have to cook that I needed to find something to do with my idle hands!
If you want to wrestle up some fabric scraps, get them ready to be turned into a charming accent for the upcoming July 4th, Independence Day holiday.
The best part about this is that you can use any fabric for any time of year, theme, or gift.
Supplies for DIY Hair Bow
- Circle template (I used the lid of a large cinnamon spice container; the smaller, red lid in my picture) to produce a flower that measures 2 and 1/4 inches wide.
- coordinating craft felt
- barrette/hair bow clip
- Aleenes Original Tacky Glue
- needle and thread
Fabric Cuts for a 4th of July Hair Bow
First, trace the circle template onto your felt. You’ll only need one circle of felt for each clip. If you have multiple hair bows to make – which you should because they are so easy – cut all of them at once.
Then, using the same circle template you used on the felt, trace circles onto your scrap fabric pieces. You can either use 5 circles per clip or 6. I chose to use 6 because I wanted to use 3 of each pattern.
Again, you see the dark red fabric being used here because that was before I decided I didn’t like the look of it against the other fabrics.
Make a Fabric Flower
Thread your needle with about 24 inches of thread.
Find the center of your felt (fold it in half, and then in quarters) and put your threaded needle through it. This step makes it easier to affix the first petal.
Fold the first petal (circle) in half. Then, nearly fold it in half again, just layering it over the first half.
Line up the point of the petal with the center of the felt. Using a couple small stitches, sew the petal to the felt.
For the next petal, use the first petal as a template for the size when folding it over. That way, you can be sure your petals are even. Then, continue with the same steps as above.
Continue with these steps, all the way around until you final petal is placed. Remember, you can either use 5 or 6 petals, depending on where you overlap your petals.
Note: the next series of pictures are after I decided that the solid, dark, red fabric was not going to work with this clip.
When you get to the final petal, you will want to position it so that it sort of tucks under the first petal you attached.
Embellish the Patriotic Hair Bow
Because I used bold patterns, I opted for a simple, silver, bead for the center of this flower. I was also thinking to use a bead shaped like a star for this patriotic flower, however, I couldn’t find them in my mess of a craft cabinet. Turns out the star beads were in my daughter’s craft cabinet…
The point here is that you should embellish the flowers with anything you’d like: any bead, buttons, etc.
Leave the thread you’ve got left to attach the clip to the flower.
Attach Flower to Hair Clip
Now’s the time to attach the hair clip to the back of the flower. I used Aleenes Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce to first adhere it. I held the clip open with another of the beads I had because this one time, at band camp, I glued the stinking thing shut. Lesson learned.
Using the thread you’ve got remaining from assembling and embellishing the flower, sew the clip onto the felt by running it through the clip’s middle section. Repeat on the other side.
Knot the thread and tie it off and ta-da!
Other Ways to Use Fabric Flowers
I’ve made these for Elise since she was about 6 months old and I love them. I’ve attached the flowers to elastic bands for headbands and even to pin backs to dress up an outfit for pictures.
They are a nice addition to a baby girl’s shower gift, a birthday girl, or even as an embellishment for a greeting card.
Over to You
These are so easy and quick, you will find tons of uses for them! Thanks for spending some time with us today and we hope you’ll share this with your friends and followers on Facebook or Pinterest.