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DIY: Fabric hair bow

How to Make a Fabric Hair Bow
These instructions will be needed if a person would like to make their own hair bow accessory. Making your own hair bows is more cost effective than buying them in the stores. It also has an added bonus of being able to pick out any type of material that you wish. At the end of these instructions, you will have a beautiful fabric hair bow to wear to numerous occasions.

Materials Needed:
In order to make a hair bow you will need the following materials.
1. Fabric piece 12” by 10” (PIECE ONE)
2. Fabric piece 2” by 5” (PIECE TWO)
3. Hot Glue Gun- used to glue pieces together and attach the clip
4. Hot Glue Sticks- to hold the parts together
5. Napkin- placed under the hot glue gun for easy clean up
6. Ruler- used to measure the size fabric you will need
7. Scissors- used to cut the fabric
8. Clip- preferably a barrette- attached to the back of the bow
9. Pen or pencil- used to mark where to cut
Here are the steps:
1. Take the ruler and measure out a piece of fabric that measures that is 12” by 10”. You will use this piece as the main part of the bow. Use your pen or pencil to mark lines where you will cut in the steps following. Make sure you make the lines on the back of the fabric so it will not be seen in the final product. Also, write lightly so the pen doesn’t bleed through the fabric. We will call this piece PIECE ONE.
2. Measure a small piece with the ruler that is 2” by 5”. This piece will be used to wrap around the center of the bow. It also doubles as security for the clip. Mark the sizes with your pen or pencil as done in step 1. We will call this PIECE TWO.
Note: if you have a piece of fabric with the white seam on the edge, you may include this in your measurement as it will not be seen on the bow.
3. Next, take your scissors and cut of both pieces of fabric. Make sure you cut straight on the lines you drew in the first steps.
4. Plug in your hot glue gun and give it time to get hot.
5. Place the hot glue gun on top of a napkin to the side.

6. Make sure there is a hot glue stick in the glue gun.
7. Find PIECE ONE and place it in front of you with the back of the fabric facing upwards and the 12” side parallel to your body.
Note: Typically, the back of fabric has less of a color than the front and appears a bit white.
8. Fold down the top of the fabric in half leaving an equal amount of the fabric on the bottom unfolded. We will call this PART A. Now you will see about of the two inches on the of the fabric.
9. Fold up the bottom (PART B) half until it meets the top folded piece in the middle (PART A). Now you should only see a minimal space of the back of the fabric where the two folds meet. This step is important to prevent fraying of the fabric.
10. Take the ends (left side- PART C and right side- PART D) of the fabric and fold them into the middle until they overlap about a quarter of an inch with PART C on the bottom and PART D on the top.
11. Lift up PART D. Carefully use the hot glue gun to apply hot glue on PART C along the edge of the fabric going DOWN.
12. Quickly overlap PART D back over PART C. Be sure that the overlap does not exceed a quarter of an inch before placing it down. Put this piece to the side.
13. Next, take PIECE TWO and lay it in front of you with the back up. Make sure the fabric is in front of you with the short side parallel to your body.
14. As done in step 8, fold the two long sides of the fabric into the middle until they overlap no more than a quarter of an inch. We will call the left side PART E and the right side we will call PART F. This overlap is better if the pieces are the least overlapped so try to get it as close as you can.
15. Lift up PART F. Carefully pick up the glue gun, apply small dots of glue every inch to PART E along the edge of the fabric until you reach the bottom.
16. Quickly press PART F back on top of PART E. Again, make sure you get this so it overlaps but there isn’t much fabric that passes where the glue is.
17. Find PIECE ONE and place it in front of you so the back (the side that is hot glued together- we will call this SIDE ONE) is facing you with the strip of glue is perpendicular to you.
18. Fold from the top of the fabric down “accordion” style, shown in figure 1, until you reach the bottom. You should fold the piece 5 times.
19. Pick up the bow pinching the middle.
20. Examine the look of the bow and make sure that it looks alright the way it is folded. You may have to fold it a few times before you get a fold that you like. Be patient!
21. Once you have the bow the way you like it, pick up PIECE TWO. This piece is going to wrap around the center of the bow. On the back of the bow that you hot glued together, put a dab on hot glue.
22. Immediately after, attach PIECE TWO to the glue dab. Make sure PIECE TWO is placed onto the glue with the glued side to the glue on the back of the bow.
23. Wrap PIECE TWO up and around the bow to the back side.
24. Find the clip. Carefully put a line of glue across the back of the bow on top of where you just glued PIECE TWO.
25. Put the CLIP back side down into the glue. The clip should look like this on the back of the bow.
26. Next, take PIECE TWO and pull it through the clip. Make sure to push it through the hole closest to where the clip is glued.
27. On the back of the bow, place a short line the width of PIECE TWO right next to the clip.
28. Secure PIECE TWO in the glue
29. Cut the remaining fabric with scissors.
Note: If PIECE TWO is lifting up, put a dag of glue inside it and press it down.
30. Unplug the glue gun and clean up your materials.

Congratulations! You have made your own personalized fabric bow! The great part about this is the various fabrics you can choose from to match everything in your closet! Remember to model your fabulous new bow at any event or occasion you wish!

DIY · DIY Projects

DIY Smashbook Journal

Realistically, this DIY can be used for practically anything which is what I love about it. As a younger girl, I used to be very interested in creating scrapbooks. However, they tend to get pretty expense and take a lot of time to reach a finished product. I also feel like scrapbooks miss a lot since they are mainly just pictures. For this DIY, I was inspired by the “new” style of scrapbooking, “Smashbooks”. I actually bought a Smashbook from Michael’s (0n clearance) for this but ended up liking the simplicity of using just a plain journal instead(I got mine from Walmart for about six dollars!).

Materials you’ll need:

  • A journal (or a Smashbook)
  • Markers, or colorful pens
    • I found that using pens were the better option as markers tend to bleed through the page.
  • Washi tape (all different colors obviously!)
    • I used this to tape pictures onto the pages (it also doesn’t rip the paper or picture if you want to take the pictures out at another time!)
  • Pictures
  • Stickers (optional)
    • The only stickers that I really used were little ones to spell out my year and the big “C” on the front of it.

Helpful tip: I downloaded the app “free prints” which gives you 85 pictures a month, for free! You just pay for shipping (the most expensive being $9.99) and your pictures will be printed right from your phone and arrive at your door in about a week!

So basically, this DIY project is really simple, even for those of you who aren’t crafty will be able to handle this! The only thing that’s different with this compared to making a scarpbook is the fact that it really can’t be done in one day once you have all the materials.The point of the project is to actually record thoughts and events over the course of multiple months. In turn, this journal will let you look back and see how you spent your freshman year of college.

Some other ideas you could use this journal for…

  • High school (each year)
  • College (each year)
  • Wedding planning
  • Pregnancies
  • Relationships (over the course of a long term relationship)
  • Each year just because!

And so on! This was the first real journal that I tried to keep on top of because I wanted to be able to look back and know what I did in college. I just started making one for my relationship with my boyfriend as well! And I plan to continue making a journal for each of my years in college.

Here are some pictures of the final product of my first journal.

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This is the front cover of my journal
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I bought the stickers from Michaels
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Post-it’s are optional, as well as anything else you may want to add! I kept mine pretty simple but next time I’m definitely going to make it look nicer than I did this past year.
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I wanted to keep track of everything I was doing and feeling over the course of the year so I made sure to write down my calendar events and tried to give updates each time I wrote in my journal.
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I also tried to put pictures of family events at home, or even on campus like Homecoming weekend.
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I left off each semester with a “last day” page about how the semester went!
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Obviously, the point of this journal is to remember all the major things that happened this year, including the death of my family’s dog so I had a page just for him.
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I even kept track of what did over winter break and saved any type of ticket stub or event pamphlet to put in my journal.
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And of course, my report card as well as the beginning of a new semester.
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I joined Greek life second semester so I put my envelope and big from bid day in my journal.
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I also had a bunch of pages with just pictures and little captions with what they were from.
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Another example of a picture page.
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I tried to write each different event in different colored pens to make my pages more fun!
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This was the last entry that I did for the year. As you can see I kept my pages pretty simple.
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At the end of my journal i had a lot of pages left so I taped in the cards from my parents and siblings so I can always have them.
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More card from my family (left) and I also put the pieces of my graduation cards (right) (see our other blog) in my journal to always have them as well.

Here’s the link to our other DIY project with the graduation cards.

Another helpful tip that I found out after doing this, the journal I had bought had tons of pages, which I thought I would use. However, I ended up having so many extra pages. So if I were to do it over, I would have just written on one side of each page. Also, the pages tend to get thicker the more you put on them so if you use stickers be careful of thickness and be careful with how many pictures you use in it! I hope that you have found some motivation and inspiration to create your own journal to remember everything that you do in life! Overall, I really loved making this journal and love looking back on it. I just wish I had written in it more often but sometimes life just got too busy.

Good luck creating your own journal!