Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial #pinkout

Pinktober is almost here! It’s time for cheerleaders to trade in the team colored pom poms and bows for pink. The Great Pinkout promotes breast cancer awareness across the nation. Check out this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial to DIY your own!

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Cheer bows are the easiest bows to make, and there are tons of options for embellishment. I worked with the materials I had on hand for this year’s bows, but with a larger budget you can can go all out.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Materials:

Two 20″ lengths of 4″ wide ribbon

One 2″ length of 7/8″ ribbon for the center 

One 2.25″ length of 7/8″ ribbon (to cover the French barrette)

Upholstery or heavy duty thread

4″ French barrette

Hot glue gun

Embellishments such as glitter striping, Swarvoski crystals, rhinestone mesh, embroidery letter stickers, glitter letters, etc

Note: The light pink below is two pieces of 2″ ribbon, joined with the glitter stripe. I couldn’t find the right shade of breast cancer awareness pink in the 4″ width; so I had to improvise. You can use this method to make half your bow two-toned or mix prints.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Begin with the 4″ wide lengths of ribbon. Lay them criss-crossed, forming an “X”. You will accordion fold the center, and pinch it together with your fingers on one hand.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use a needle and thread to secure the center, and trim the excess thread.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Glue your French barrette to the back of the bow. Remove the wammy bar for now.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use the 2″ strip of 7/8″ ribbon to secure the barrette to the bow in the center. Make sure the front of your bow is nice and smooth in the middle.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

The 2 1/4 inch strip of ribbon goes over the seam. This further secures the barrette to the bow. Now you can pop the wammy bar back in place.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Embellish the center of your bow. I used a strip of rhinestone mesh. Large rhinestones and bottle caps should be secured with super glue. My preference is gorilla glue* gel. (*amazon affiliate link)

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Trim your tails and heat seal the ends with a lighter. Embellish your tails. I’ve seen vinyl, embroidery, and hand painted creations. The sky is the limit!

Cheerleaders wear their ponytail as high as they can, with the bow tails facing forward. It sits high on the girls’ heads because the crowd is above them. The cheer bow should a dazzling accent to the uniform, because when you look down at them from the stadium it’s often the first thing the crowd will notice. (Other than the talent, of course!)

Cheerleaders don’t want wimpy bows. Click How  To Stiffen Hair Bows to ensure that your bows are crisp and not floppy!

How To Make Cheer Bows with Step By Step Instructions

I hope this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial is helpful. These bows are great all year round- for any occasion.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

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Sew Fashionable 09/19/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Pinktober Cheer Bow

It’s hair bow season! I’m working on our Pinktober bows for Bella’s cheer squad. I made do with the supplies I had on hand. If I had the budget, I’d cover them in Swarvoski crystals and blind the other team with our dazzling bling. I did manage to get lots of sparkle though:) The best part is: I’ll have a tutorial for you later this week!

On a side note; I feel like I’m cheating on sewing with hair bows. I can’t resist the glue gun lately.

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

Sew Fashionable

Make

The Gemma tank as a dress at Made By Rae

Jacqui’s harem pants

Theresa’s Alder shirtdress

Niko’s Delphi maxi dresses

Learn

Make a convertible body suit

How to fade your denim

5 tips for better pressing

How to do a high round back adjustment

Shop

The Timeless Tunic sewing pattern from P4P

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Sew Fashionable 09/12/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

OTT hair bow | MayenDesigns on Etsy

There are a few new bows in the shop! This month I’ve been making custom football and cheer bows for our local school and Little League fans. They’re getting claimed faster than I can take pictures, but I’ll try to get some up on Instagram soon.

One of my favorite hair bow conneisuers said, “omg these hair bows are like Pokemon- gotta catch em’ all!” It cracked me up. Making bows is fun, and I earn a little money for extra things for my daughter. I love showing them off here!

I have another pair of shorts to show you soon. It’s still shorts weather here, but it’s time to start thinking about sewing for fall. I’m planning some bras for me and t-shirts for my kid.

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

Sew Fashionable

Make

Sara’s red floral dress

Justine makes culottes smokin’ hot

Bonnie’s easy maxi dress

Elena’s Vogue 9000

Erica’s game day shorts

Learn

French bias binding method

How to adjust the strap placement on a bra pattern

Shop

The Harrison Shirt from Cashmerette

San Fransisco Swing Top pattern from Sew Caroline

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Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts For Lounging

I accidentally made some yoga waist pleated shorts. Sometimes the best sewing projects are unplanned and improvised.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I had an odd half yard left from my floral tank dress, and it was exactly the shape of a shorts block. It was begging to become a pair of lounge shorts.

Since lounging is my sport, I always try to be prepared with appropriate gear.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts | SewsNBows

I made a very narrow rolled hem, and love how it looks like a lettuce edge. This was another happy accident, yay:)

The “waist” on my fabric remnant wasn’t defined; so rather than reshaping it or using gathers, I opted for pleats. The finished shorts almost look like culottes or a skirt.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I gotta mention though: There are some drag lines pointing to my business. I think I should’ve moved the pleats away from the center front seam, and maybe scooped out the crotch curve a bit. The fabric is fluid enough that it’s not noticeable to me.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I used the selvedge to eek out a yoga waistband. Here’s my tutorial if you want to see the steps: How To Make a Knit Waistband

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts
No pattern used
Fabric from Girl Charlee

Writing this post is easing myself back into blogging. I had such a busy, fun summer that there wasn’t much time leftover for my blog. I’ve missed it though!

My daughter finally went back to school this week and (I’m slightly ashamed to admit) I’m enjoying a little quiet time to sew and catch up on my blog reading.

I have to pick up a little slack though, because I fell behind on household things and farm chores while the kids were out. So…easing my way back into writing. I’ll be back Monday with my Sew Fashionable series, and hopefully have some fun makes to show you soon.

Until next time!

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