September 2nd – American Apparel hairbow knockoffs … sorry AA!
September 2, 2011 by robiedodson
I am super excited about today’s tutorial. Why? Because I love love love saving $14.50!
I was out on South Congress here in Austin the other night with my gorgeous husband. We had a wonderful meal and decided to walk around. Everything was closed except for American Apparel. We went in. We saw some crazy things, we saw some cool things. Most of all, besides an awesome chiffon dress, were these hairbows.
Definitely a blas from the past...and they're selling them for $14.99!!!! seriously!?!?!?
Well, you can bet I came right home and began work on making these for $14.49 LESS than what they’re charging! I may be biased, but I feel pretty good about mine … I think they look exactly the same! (well, less shiny for sure!)
To make these yourself…
Grab some scrap fabric and cut a rectangle about 9.5" x 7" (go smaller or bigger if you want.)
Fold in half lengthwise ... meaning your fabric will now be 4.25" x 7
Using a narrow seam allowance, sew along the sides and the top, leaving a hole in the center for turning right side out.
Clip your corners, turn right side out, PRESS!, and sew up the little hole.
along the center, pinch up both sides equally to make the bow shape. I used a clothes pin to hold it in place while I located my needles and thread. (sorry, there's a bit of hand sewing in this project...just a tiny bit, you can do it!)
However you prefer, sew the center section together, cinching it in.
Set aside for just a minute. From the scraps, cut another rectangle approximately 4" x 3.5". This will be the band that goes around the bow.
Fold the band along the longest side and sew. (Only sew the side that is represented with fringe in my photo. You're making a 4" x 1.75" tube) This sounds complicated, I'm only writing all that so that you can be clear on which sides to fold and sew. Don't overthink this step - it's easy!
Grab your glue gun, glue along the top of the hair clip. Set your bow on top, centering it on the hair clip. Let the glue dry. Then, after you've pressed your strip, place it centered like shown in the photo.
tuck one side through the arch in the hair clip, then the other. Tuck in a portion of the raw edges, and now sew that little band shut.
TADAH! You're all done!
And you'll like it so much that you make another...
And your daughter will love you for it... and begin placing "orders" for the other colors she wants!
My apologies American Apparel, but why would I pay $15 when I can make one in 12 minutes for 50 CENTS!
There you have it folks … day two of SO CELEBRATE SEWING!
see you tomorrow!