How to Make a Large Bow Out of Fabric for a Dress

By Lanh Ma ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Matching thread
Decorate a little girl's dress with a large bow.

A fabric bow adds an element of charm and visual variety to a dress. Several small bows break up the dress’s composition, while one large bows recalls the traditional dress decorations of the Victorian era. If you fashion a dress yourself, you can use scrap fabric from the dress to form the bow, or you can use fabric that complements the dress in color or texture.

Determine how wide you want the bow to be and double that measurement. This is measurement A.

Determine how tall you want the bow to be and add 1 inch to that measurement. This is measurement B.

Cut a rectangle from your fabric that matches measurements A and B.

Finish the raw edges by turning them down twice, creating a fold that is 1/4-inch deep both times, and sewing them flat.

Fold the rectangle in half across the shorter measurement, pattern side in.

Sew up the short edges, making a wide tube.

Turn the tube pattern-side out.

Flatten the tube so that the seam is in the back when you lay the tube out flat.

Cut a rectangle of fabric that is 4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide.

Finish the raw edges of the small rectangle by turning them down twice, creating a fold that is 1/4 inch deep both times, and sewing them flat.

Pinch the middle of the fabric tube, giving the bow its shape.

Wrap the smaller rectangle around the pinch tightly and sew it into place. The loose edges of the smaller rectangle give it a place to be sewn to the dress.