May 2020

How to make the Flutterbye Bow

In this quick tutorial, we will show you how to assemble the ever so popular Flutterbye Bow. The same technique applies to all the sizes available, from the bigger Original Flutterbye, to our mid and mini Flutterbye. You can purchase these shapes as either a steel die or a plastic template!

Scroll towards the end of this tutorial to see how to mix up your fabrics to make a multi patterned bow as pictured above (we used our ice-cream and wafer leatherette to do ours!).

For this tutorial you will need:

Fabric
. Cut out your fabric ready, using either the full shape for a single print bow, or if you want to mix it up, cut out the two fabrics - one from the top half of the bow shape and another from the bottom half. Don't forget to also cut your centre strips ready.

Felt. Some fabrics are harder to glue together than others (such as smooth leatherette). Have some very thin, thinner than your centre strip, strips of felt cut. We recommend viscose felt for this as it is not as thick. 

Hot Glue, clips/headband. Have your hot glue switched on to full temperature ready and have your clips or headbands to hand.

Step 1:

We will show you the single fabric style bow first. Ensure your fabric is face up, and treat each half as its own section. Make a crease by folding over one half (as pictured below) then dab a small dot of glue in the centre of the crease, and press down again. Don't panic if it pops back up, you may find this with smooth fabrics - the crease alone will later enable you to manipulate the bow into shape.

Follow the same process for both the top section and the bottom section, by folding in half and securing with a dot of glue. 

Step 2:

Next, you are going to fold back these sections, again in half. Make a crease and in the centre of the crease dot a small amount of glue. Press down firm with your finger, until it is as secure as it can be. 

Still don't worry if the bow does not stay glued...this is normal. But in the next stage you can still manipulate it. 

Step 3:

This is what the underside of the bow will start to look like, repeat this for both halves and pinch and hold for the next step.

Step 4:

Now you are happy with the general shape, you will need that really thin strip of felt (particularly if you have used smooth, hard to glue fabrics). Dot a little bit of glue to the top centre of your bow, and position the strip of felt, ready to wrap around your bow. Once this is secure, continue to wrap the felt all the way round the centre and secure at the back. 

Now finish off by wrapping the preferred centre fabric around your bow, add your clip or headband and secure with glue!

Now you have the hang of this, why not try wrapping cord around the centre with a pretty charm, add embellishments and tulle - just be as creative as you want!

You can also make this bow using more than one fabric. Here we will show you how.

Step 1:

Cut a section of fabric for each half of the bow - you may need to trim off excess so you are just left with a top section and a bottom section (as shown below).
The steps are the same as above, however you are going to wrap a thin strip of felt around each section first. 

Step 2:

Once you have wrapped each half with felt, you can now glue them together as show below. Then all you need to do is finish off with your chosen centre fabric! 

We hope you have found this tutorial helpful!
Please do tag us in your Flutterbye or Jolif makes on either Facebook and Instagram

Thank you for reading!

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