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Alice Bow Tutorial **Updated** 
29th-Mar-2008 11:52 pm
Childlike Empress

After many failed attempts I finally got it right, or at least how I like it. But I felt frustrated that I couldn’t find an easy tutorial on Alice bows. So I decided to make one. I want to thank  [info]lacey_dolly   for these measurements I got them from here if you would like to visit her original post.

I used Different colored fabrics so it would be easier to tell the different pieces apart. Please feel free to comment or PM me if you have any suggestions or questions.

I hope this helps


S :

Base (cut 2) X
10 1/4 inches (25.4 cm) wide [tall], by 7 3/16 Inches (17.78 cm) length

Top (cut 2) X
6 3/8 inches (15.24 cm) wide/tall by 8 3/4 inches (20.32 cm) length

Center (cut one on fold) 1 2
3 3/16 inches (7.62 cm) wide by 3 7/8 inches (7.62 cm) length

Matching thread

C O N S T R U C T I O N :


Once you have your pieces cut out start with the base. 

Have the right side of the fabric facing up. if you want lace on the bottom layer then place it on now. I dont really measure the lace, you should be alright if you make the lace just a little longer than the width of the fabric.
~ Example
With right sides together pin both pieces and sew. I’m not really sure on the seam allowance I always just use the edge of the foot and match it to the edge of the fabric. Leave a small corner open so you can turn it inside out. Once you are done sewing clip the corners by cutting a small V like this. Now turn right side out and press seams open. Now set it aside Base


All right lets start with the top of the bow.

For the top part make the same way as the base. Pin lace if desired, then put right sides together of both pieces. Don't forget to leave a space open so you can turn right side out; clip corners. Press seams before turning right side out if you want a flatter bow. If you want a fluffier one then press after turning right side out.
Set aside.


We are almost done. Take your piece you made for the center and fold it long wise so the sides match, pin and stitch. Leave both end open we will sew those together later. Press the seam flat then turn right side out. you can fold it again length wise (i like a smaller middle piece like this and i also like it thick. If you want the smaller middle but not as thick just cute the measurements in half.) if you like the larger middle pieces then there isnt a need to fold it in half.  

Fold the center piece in half pin and sew. if you want a tighter middle then put your bow pieces together and measure with the center piece until it looks how you want it to. Make a mark then sew.( i usually back stitch a couple times just to make sure it wont unravel) Iron seam flat and turn right side out.

F I N I S H I N G :

OK its time to put it all together now! Set the Top layer atop the bottom and Pinch them together in the middle it should look something like this: X

Also one more way to finish off your bow is to place the top layer and inch above the bottom and sew them together. then fold it up like a paper fan and place the middle around it. i have not yet tried this but it seems effective and thanks to [info]kaorte who was kind enough to share this advice with us. here is her drawing to get a better idea. X
Whichever way you choose to finish off the bow, dont forget to shape it. It may take some playing around with to get it the way you like. If you are in a hurry i suggest slipping the bow on a headband it stays and can easily be hidden under hair. If you have a little more time sew a comb onto the back side of the middle section of the bow. You can find the combs at Micheal's. You can also use Ribbon but its a little tricky depending on how heavy your bow is; unless you sew it in then it will slip and be a pain. I also use bobby pins to stick it in my hair; it may take a few but they hold it in pretty secure. 

C O M P L E T E D :

When you have finished it should look something like these depending on the thickness of the material you used.
fluffy (this bow was made with only pressing the seams after turned right side out)
flat (this bow the seams were pressed both before and after turning it right side out)

                   * both bows were made the same.  You can see the difference of the shaping and thickness in this picture.

 A ♦ F E W H E L P F U L T I P S :

 * If you press the seams before turning it inside out then you will end up with a less fluffy bow than if you do it the other way.

* the higher you place the top piece on the base piece the more you will see of each

* Be careful of the thickness of the material, too thick and the bow might not stay on the top of your head. The material you pick is very important.
30th-Mar-2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh! thank you for this!!! I so totally fail at every alice bow i make, so I'll definately use this next time!!!
11th-May-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I love your icon. ROFL

30th-Mar-2008 08:12 am (UTC)
so do i and i found those measurements and made that bow in like 5 mins. i know arnt they adorible ^^ here is the link for them¤t=738161d5spq4mhrj.gif

i hope this tutorial works for you guys. post pictures if it does.
30th-Mar-2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I've been trying to find a decent pattern for these. ^^
30th-Mar-2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
adding to my mems, thank you so much! :)
30th-Mar-2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
your welcome i know how hard it is to find a pattern. i couldnt e ven get the pieces from my GBL to work right.
30th-Mar-2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Can I print this pattern out as it will be easier for me to work from that way? I wouldn't want to print ot out without your permission it really it good. If i want to make slightly smaller alice bows I just scale down the measurements right?
30th-Mar-2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
yep thats fine. thats why i made it so other people can use it. the drawings are not to scale though. yea that should work if you scale it down.
30th-Mar-2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I have a couple suggestions. Just from experience. I will use pictures, since it is hard to explain.
Basically the first bit shows that you should put the top layer about an inch above the bottom and then sew them together, and the second part shows how you should fold the bow. Pinching it works, but I have found that this method is how brand head bows are made. It just makes it look a lot more like an alice bow. :3
30th-Mar-2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, so you just fold it up like a fan then place the center on?
30th-Mar-2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I love this! Adding to my memories as well. : )
30th-Mar-2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tut! I just finished making a bow, using it and the suggestions kaorte gave.
Please excuse the bad pic, but I wanted to share
30th-Mar-2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
it turned out so cute but your base looks slightly small.
22nd-Apr-2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I love this pattern, it was so easy to do, now I'm thinking of downsizing the measurements to do one in Pullip size.
22nd-Apr-2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
im glad it worked out for you. have fun with downsizing it
23rd-Apr-2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! This really helped me a lot ^^
23rd-Apr-2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
your welcome
20th-May-2008 08:14 pm (UTC) - thanks for the useful tutorial!

i made this,
and this,

21st-May-2008 06:37 am (UTC) - Re: thanks for the useful tutorial!
they turned out cute ^^
im only a little concerned about the seams showing in the first onethough
21st-May-2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
it still turned out well
and on the second one if you clip the corners. (make a small triangle cut on the seam.) then it wont be so curved. also always iron open your seams. things just look nicer that way.
they look adorible though ^^
24th-May-2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
owhhh i see,thanks for the extra info~! im gonna make some for my friends and spread this awesome tutorial ^^
12th-Jun-2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Here's the bow I madehalf using the tutorial and half making it up as I went along.

I think it's my 5th try at making bows? Before, I used to stuff the bow with leftover bits so that they would literally stick out like no body's business. I finally made one where I'm happy with the results<3

12th-Jun-2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
its so cute. i love pearls! you can also put interfacing on each layer and bend them to what you want or make them stick up as well.
im glad it worked for you.
24th-Jun-2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you soooo much! >o< I've tried making bows before, and the last one I made was kinda... thick? I didn't like it at all... And it stuck up like no other, so I'm definitely using this next time~
*adds to memories*
25th-Jun-2008 12:05 am (UTC)
i hope it works for you... add interfacing if you want it to be a bit less floppy and such
10th-Jul-2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I made one:

10th-Jul-2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
*guffaws at failed html*


16th-Jul-2008 03:16 am (UTC)

I made another one to match a skirt I'm working on! It's only one layer, my friend wore it.
1st-Dec-2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Hi there, we are re-doing the memories. If you could re-upload these images, that would be great as we'd love to use this in memories still. Please comment when you have done so and I will add it to the new list. ;]
16th-Jan-2010 08:22 am (UTC)
sorry it took so long. its been a little crazy here. the photos are fixed thank you
16th-Jan-2010 07:54 am (UTC)
thanks so much ive been looking for tutorials like this!
20th-Jan-2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
i hope it helped <3
28th-Feb-2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Hi! This tutorial is very useful, but it looses some of it's helpfulness due to the fact that the majority of your pictures have been replaced with the "Bandwith exceeded" logo for Photobucket.

I would be greatful if you re-uploaded them or fixed the problem for myself and the other visual learners out there!
28th-Feb-2010 04:52 am (UTC)
sorry about that i will fix them tonight
3rd-Apr-2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Aahw.. the 1st pic isn't working.
Hmm.. I still find it confusing, but I guess I'll try.

(I still have to find out how long it is in cm, since.. well, we don't work with inches in my country, so I have no idea how long that is XDD)
3rd-Apr-2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
i didnt think about that.

i will also put up the measurements in centimeters
24th-Apr-2010 07:58 pm (UTC) - Actual photos could help better to understand the process...if you agree.....
It is a little confusing and this is only a suggestion, but, do you think you could post actual pictures of the process in making the Alice bow? The sparkly like "ribbon" diamond thing made me extremely confused. If you have pictures there and I didn't find them then I am sorry for not finding them. It's just that It seems easier to look at the process with photos and then you could understand it better. I attempted making the Alice bow but the result was a disaster... ^^'. Your tutorial is very good and I like it a lot,but maybe some pictures could help other visual learners out there? Delete this post if I made you a little irritated or mad because that is not my intention to do so.
24th-Apr-2010 08:04 pm (UTC) - Re: Actual photos could help better to understand the process...if you agree.....
i was planing on taking pictures of the process.
i have been busy but i will try and make one this week when i get a day off.

so check back in like a couple weeks and i should have the tutorial updated
22nd-May-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Silly question but is this a hand sewn tutorial or sewing machine? :)
29th-May-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
sewing machine
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