Back "Tulle" School Big Bow Tutorial

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So today I have a little back to school tutorial to share with you. I was playing around with some tulle and leather the other day, and thought this would be a fun idea to share with you guys since school is right around the corner! But before we begin, Madison will be starting Kindergarten on Tuesday, August 19th... yes ya'll, KINDERGARTEN! I am freaking out a little. Ok I lied; ALOT. In sobriety, letting go is a tool that I have used quite frequently. And personally, it has helped me out many times in the last couple years. Letting go can be used in an array of things, especially with people, places and things. I have experienced a lot of loss recently, and I am so blessed to have the ability to let go and give all of my worries, issues and trouble to the good Lord above. And like with Miss Madison, I am going to be letting go of my first born, my petite fireball, my love, and releasing her into this intimidating and vast world we live in. Kind of wild right? I will be letting go of her, and trusting that God will guide and keep her safe always. It is such a relief to know that in the end, she is in great hands. Now that I've gotten this off my chest, lets make a super cute tulle bow!

Begin by measuring your little ones head. Starting at the base of the neck, come up behind the ears and meet at the hairline of the forehead; write down this number. Take the measurement you just wrote and subtract an inch. For example: Madison measures 20"-1"=19". Cut your 1/4" elastic the length of your final measurement. This will be your headband. Next, we are going to cut 4 pieces of tulle 7.5"x3.5" (length x width). I found that the more layers of tulle, the better. Lastly, cut a strip of leather (or any other sturdy material you have on hand) that measures 2"x.5". This will be used to wrap the center of the bow. Onto the construction!

1. Take the tulle and layer them on top of one another. Then fold them in to meet in the middle.

2. With a wide zig-zag stitch the center of the tulle to secure where the ends meet.

3. With your pointer finger and thumb, pinch the tulle to make it like a "hot dog" bun.

4. Then take the raw edges and fold them down to create the bow.

5. With a narrow zig-zag stitch, "stitch in the pinch" to secure the middle of the bow. 

6. Take the piece of leather and fold with right sides together. 

7. Stitch the end of the leather with a .5" seam allowance. 

8. Press the seam open with your fingers or very lightly with an iron. 

9. Turn the leather right side out, making sure the seam is still pressed open. 

10. Take one end of the tulle bow and fold it in to pass through the loop of leather.

11. Pull the bow through and place the back seam of the loop towards the back of the bow. 

12. Take your piece of elastic and place it through the bow middle.

13. Sew the elastic with right sides together and bring the secured end through the back of the bow. I am so sorry I do not have a photo for this step :( 
***At this point, feel free to secure elastic and leather the tulle by placing a dab of hot glue inside the bow.

And voila! You now have a simple and fun back to school bow that can compliment any outfit. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I wish all your little ones a safe a fun school year!

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