Today I am sharing a project I have been wanting to make FOREVER – a Felt French Bow using this adorable French Bow Die by Brenda Walton for Sizzix. This has been sitting on my shelf and I kept thinking about it, so I decided in the spirit of Christmas in July that I would break it out and give it a try….and honestly it was so much fun!
This die is one of those versatile dies that is meant for paper but works just as well with felt and other materials (leather bows anyone?) There are also multiple ways of using it, a single bow, double bow and the extra tail section that can be added to either; so you really can make a variety of looks. This is fun for snazzing up that special package or making an adorable bow with a pin back for a brooch or hair clip for hair!
- Sizzix Fabi or Bigz Machine
- Sizzix Bigz Die – French Bow by Brenda Walton
- Standard Cutting Pads
- Wool Felt – I recommend Benzie Designs Wool Felt shop
- Craft Glue (hot glue gun is recommended)
- Pin back or hair clip for extra uses
The main thing to take note when you are making your bows is to see where your fold will go. To make these bows you will need a piece of felt folded in half that covers each section you plan on using. The area where the arrows are pointing you will notice do not meet and have an open side, make sure that the folded part of your felt lines up right against that, and doesn’t go over the area. This is the most difficult part of the entire project (so you can tell it’s pretty darn easy).
Cut your sections of felt, fold in half and place on the Sizzix French Bow Die. Making a Sizzix Sand which (Standard Cutting Pad, Die facing up, Up to 4 layers of felt, Standard Cutting Pad) Roll through your machine.
If using all of your bow parts and folded and placed on the die correctly your cut parts should look like the image above.
Add a dab of glue to the first section right in the middle. (I discovered later that the glue I was using in the tutorial was not quite strong enough for the felt I was using and ended up breaking out my glue gun)
Fold over each side and place on your glue dot, matching the two ends in the middle like shown. Press down to secure the two ends and let the glue dry.
Continue with the previous steps if you are making a double bow. To add the bows to the tail section, just add a dab of glue to the middle of the bow tail, and press. Let the glue dry.
Now that your bow is all set up you can add your middle section to keep it all nice and tidy. If you are planning on adding a hair clip or pin backing to your bow, I would place it under this middle section to secure it in place. You will add this to your bow by dabbing a dot of glue on the front of your bow and the back to secure the two ends.
Once the glue dries, you end up with the prettiest little bow in town!
I am thinking of making some of these for actual Christmas decorations for my tree this year…wouldn’t that be fun?!
Thanks for stopping by today friends for a the quick tutorial. If you end up making some Felt French Bows I would love to see them! Be sure to share a link here with your project or on Instagram by tagging @modernhandcraft on your post!