FREE Padded Ruffle Bow Tutorial!

Padded Ruffle Bow Picture Provide By Stephanie Strader of Funny Gal Photography

So sweet, huh?!  Funny Gal Photography sure does a beautimus job!  Thanks Stephanie!! 

As promised, here it is; A Fancy Schmancy tutorial for a padded ruffle bow! Super cute and easy peasy….

Felt or Fleece (See tutorial for amounts.  I love the soft look of fleece!)
Fabric of your choice (I love these with textured fabrics such as ruffle or minky fabrics but most any fabric that is not sheer will work! I purchase the miniature ruffle fabric from a company called Ruffle Fabric.  Imagine that! :))
Hot Glue (or quick dry fabric glue)
Coordinating Thread

Glue Gun (not needed if you use quick dry fabric glue)

Start by deciding how large you would like your bow.  Cut your felt or fleece the size you would like your bow.  The bow for this tutorial is 2″ X 4″:

Figure 1

Next, take your fabric & double the width & length of your fleece or felt.  Since my fleece is 2″ X 4″, I want my material to be 4″ X 8″:

Figure 2

Turn your fabric face down and place your fleece/ felt in the center:

Figure 3

Next, put a wide strip of hot glue or quick dry fabric glue along the width in the center of the felt/ fleece:

Figure 4

You may want to wait a few seconds for the glue to cool a bit.  Fold fabric to the center of the glue and press:

Figure 5

(Figures 6-7 are only if you are using ruffle fabric.  If you are using any other kind of fabric you can skip to figure 8.)

Turn your fabric over so it is facing up.  Mark the center of the felt/ fleece with a stick pin.  Smooth ruffles outward from the center:

Figure 6

Turn your fabric over so the seam is showing and place small dabs of glue under the ruffles to secure them:

Figure 7

Glue one end so it stays closed:

Figure 8

Press and then place a small strip of glue directly above the place that is glued:

Figure 9

Fold the corners in towards the glue and press:

Figure 10

Fold this over toward the center and glue it down:

Figure 11

Repeat Figures 8-11 for the other side:

Figure 13

Thread your needle and knot the end of your string.  Turn your bow over and again mark the center with a pin.  Fold your bow like a fan from the center:

Figure 13

Put your needle through the center very near the pin.  Take the pin out.  Pull your thread until the knot grabs then wrap your string tightly around the center.  Again stick the needle through the fabric in the center and tie it off:

Figure 14

Take a scrap piece of fleece and trace the center of your bow on both sides:

Figure 15

Cut inside the lines:  (This piece of felt/ fleece just needs to cover your raw ends and make the under side look neet.  It does not need to cover the entire length of your bow.)

Figure 16

Figure 17

Glue your felt/ fleece on the back of your bow making certain that any raw ends are tucked under the felt/ fleece:

Figure 18

The front veiw should be super charming:

Figure 19

Wrap some ribbon around the center and attach an alligator clip, metal headband, bra strap or some Fold Over Elastic & you’re done!  I like to make 2 layered ones that have a slightly larger bottom then top. 

Did you know that Fancy Schmancy offers other tutorials on Etsy and at The Fancy Schmancy Boutique?

Right now you can learn to make a Pouting Princess:

Pouting Princess Tutorial

….And the Jessica Flower and/ or the wrapped headband….

Wrapped Jessica Headband

& more to come!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see some of your creations! 

I’ll leave you with a few samples of some completed padded bows:

Figure 20

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4 Responses to FREE Padded Ruffle Bow Tutorial!

  1. Oh, I love this!!! What a great tutorial, thanks for this!!!

  2. Kelly @ Glitter says:

    I featured this on the Glitter Friday Spotlight!

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