Date : May 8, 2021
Make No Sew Bow Clips Using May Gibbs Material
The release of May Gibbs fabrics and homewares at Spotlight has brought easy access for us to add a bit of Australiana to our home.
Craft projects can vary with the range of fabrics available. Australia’s much loved illustrations can now be worn with the help of a sewing machine.
If you’re not handy with a sewing machine though, these No-Sew Bow Clips are the perfect project to make. They can be worn in your hair or clipped to a shirt collar for a bow tie.
- Various May Gibbs fabric from Spotlight – I got the fabric swatches for quilting
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ruler (not pictured)
- Fabric Scissors
- Gator Clips (also available at Spotlight)
Tips to make No-Sew Bow Clips
If you can use a sewing machine, you may like to sew instead of gluing the fabric pieces together.
The use of a hot glue gun ensures a quality seal so the bow doesn’t unravel. You can use a ruler to fold the fabric to avoid fingers getting burned from the hot glue.
- Cut a rectangular section of your fabric so the fold is at one end. The size will vary depending on the size of your gator clip. I did 10cm in length and 7cm in depth.
- Open up your rectangle and glue both sides of the fabric together.
- Fold each cut end of the fabric to create a closed in seam for the perimeter of your bow.
- Once your rectangle is complete, pinch the middle and squeeze to create a bow shape.
- Wrap green ribbon around the middle of the bow and glue into place.
- Glue your finished bow onto your gator clip.
- You can make as many bow clips as you desire.
I made a set of two to be worn with plaits in my daughter’s hair.
This project is a great one to do when using up May Gibbs material scraps from other sewing projects. The bows can make adorable gifts for birthdays and special occasions, too.
You may even add them to your hair with your Australian Themed Costume. Happy Crafting!
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