Bow Tutorial | Marian’s Easter Dress

Easter is by far my favorite holiday. It means spring is really on it’s way, its got toys and candy, a giant meal with family, and most importantly, it doesn’t have the pressure of Christmas. With out the added pressure I’m free to make things for Marian and for that I’m always thankful.

This year I went all out and worked for weeks making her a dress she ended up wearing for about an hour but in the end it was well worth it because she looked adorable and I came out the other side with a hair bow tutorial for you and it doesn’t get any better than that!

The pattern was Simplicity #1507 (style D), the fabric was something I’d purchased a while ago at Joann’s, and the contrasting solid is Kona Cotton in Ice Peach.

Simplicity 1507

Marian was NOT into having her picture taken with so much candy and so many cousins flying around but I did the best I could. She really looked like a doll. I was very proud of myself for making a beautiful dress and one heck of a beautiful baby.


Simplicity #1507

Simplicity #1507


But, as I said, she did NOT want her picture taken. Moving right along…

She obviously needed a cute little bow to go in her cute little hair so I whipped one up quick and now you can too! These bows take minutes, use very little fabric, and can slide on and off hair accessories easily. So get a clip or a headband, it doesn’t matter, dive into your stash, and get stitching!





Toddler Bow Tutorial

Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial



  • 6 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ strip of fabric
  • 6 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ strip of interfacing (I used Pellon Midweight Fusible Interfacing 931TD)
  • 1″ x 1 3/4″ strip of fabric for center of bow (I used a contrast color for this one)
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Hand sewing thread
  • Some type of clip, pin, or head band


1. Iron the interfacing, glue side down, onto the wrong side of the fabric.

2. Fold the strip of fabric in half, right sides together and stitch around with a 3/8″ seam leaving a 1″ – 2″ gap in the bottom. Stitch the side that is folded as well but stitch right up close to the fold so both sides have symmetrical looking side seams.


Lucyt Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 1


3. Clip the corners.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 2


4. Flip right side out and press flat. Top stitch the hole shut as close to the edge as possible. If you want the stitch invisible, hand stitch it closed with a ladder stitch as opposed to machine top stitching.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 3


5. To fold the bow, start by folding the long sides up so the face (or ‘right side’) of the bow is on the inside.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 4


6. Next, fold the sides back down to form an “M”.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 5


7. Tack stitch in the middle of the bow to keep it together. Fold the bow out, fluffing the edges as needed. It may be necessary to carefully iron the wings in order for them to hold their shape. Set aside.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 6

Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 7


8. Fold the edges of the center piece of fabric in towards the center on the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold about 1/4″ of the bottom up towards the back and press again.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 8


9. Wrap the fabric strip around the center of the bow overlapping the ends in the back with the folded side on top. Hand stitch together with a whip stitch.


Lucy Blaire Toddler Bow Tutorial Step 9


10. Slide a hair clip, pin, or headband through the center fabric piece. The bow should be just fine but it’s also possible to glue or stitch the bow right onto whatever accessory is being used.


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September 3, 2015 - 10:58 PM

lisy - Your Marian looked so adorable. And you did a really great job.
Thanks for the bow tutorial.
Thanks for sharing

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