I have long loved the look of Love Shack Fancy giant bows they use to decorate their stores! They actually have one for sale, but it’s super expensive! So I decided to make my own large bow to have on my Christmas tree. Afterwards, I plan on hanging it as decoration on the wall. Here’s how to make a big bow for the wall if you like the decorative, big impact look too.
Below I have linked some cute ready made big bows that’ll work too if you’d rather buy them. They range from $100-$2500.
how to make a big bow for the wall
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:
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- 6 Yards of 44″ wide fabric in the pattern of your choice. I’m using the Rainbow Stripe fabric in Petal Signature cotton that I designed.
- Floral Wire
- Sewing Machine
- Recycled packing paper or bubble wrap
step 1- sew
Start by folding the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides touching each other.
Next, take the fabric to the sewing machine and sew a 1/4″ hem up the long side (all 18′ of it). Also sew over one end of the fabric with a 1/4″ hem as well. This will finish up one of the tails.
step 2- iron
And now, turn the fabric right side out. It’ll now be a 22″ double sided rectangle.
Iron all of the fabric. I like to have a water bottle handy to spritz the fabric as I go. I find it gets the wrinkles out faster.
When you get to the end of the fabric, fold over the unfinished edge inside the fabric and sew over it with a 1/4″ hem.
step 3- tie
The fabric for the big bow is all sewn now. The next step, fold the fabric into the biggest bow you’ve ever seen! It took me a few times to get it where I like it with the ties somewhat even on each side. At this point the bow doesn’t look great, but that’s what the next step is for.
step 4- stuff the bow
Finally, take the bow to the Christmas tree and on the back add some floral wire. Cut a 12″ piece of floral wire and then tuck it inside the knot of the bow on the back. Use that to wire the bow to the Christmas tree.
Then, use packing paper or bubble wrap or grocery bags to stuff the loops of the bow. This will give it body and the loops now stand up. Style the bow by adjusting the loops and the ties until it looks nice.
This was a very fast way to get the bow looking great. I was amazed! I also considered adding wire to the edge of the loops so those can be firm without stuffing the bow. Another option is using starch while ironing or putting in a layer of interfacing which are two methods to make it stiff.
Once the bow was up I started laughing and asking myself if this is the most ridiculous project I’ve ever done- lol! I love it, but it is a little over the top!
But decor SHOULD make you happy! Life is too serious! Put a giant bow on your Christmas tree!
I should note that though I do love this, the fabric does cover up and darken some fo the lights. It doesn’t bother me, but it is something to consider.
For this project I spent $90 on the 6 yards of Rainbow Stripe fabric. Because I used my custom designed fabric it was more expensive. From Joann you can get fabric for $8 a yard so that’d make this closer to a $50 project (if you didn’t use a coupon).
I hope you enjoyed this super easy tutorial for how to make a big bow for the wall. I’ve wanted to do this for ages, so it’s fun to finally bring it to life. And good news is that it’s relatively easy! This took me a few hours to make and I think if you can sew a straight line, you can make this.
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