Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zipper Bow Part Four: Zipper, Fabric Flower Combination Bow

Remember zipper bows are cute on adults too!

For this tutorial you will need:
Zipper (I used a 7 inch zipper for this one)
one fabric flower (Click Here to see tutorial)
needle and thread
glue gun and glue sticks
lace (optional)
center piece for bow
A ribbon lined alligator clip (click here for that tutorial)

Remember to zip your zipper up and cut off the large metal "stopper" at the opposite end. Then unzip your zipper so that the actual handle you hold on to comes off. Now you have two separate pieces. We will use both sides of the zipper for this tutorial.

If you read the previous tutorial on the Circle Zipper Bow and know how to make two smaller zipper bows skip to the end of this tutorial until you see the red Zipper, Fabric Flower Combination Bow.

Now for this bow you are going to do thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Now you will do a running stitch down the length of your zipper.
Stay toward the outer edge so that you don't see the stitches once your bow is done. DO NOT tie it off once you get to the end!

Now that you did a running stitch the entire way down your zipper grab the end that you did not tie off. You will gently pull your thread and your zipper away from each other making it begin to curl up on the other end like this...
It should look like this when you are done...
Now you are going to take the opposite end that your were pulling and start shaping it into your flower. This should be the end of the zipper that curled up the most as a result of you pulling at the thread. When you make the very first circle like this....
you will then need to secure the end down with hot glue so that it does not move around. This will end up being the center of your bow so keep things nice and neat.
continue circling the zipper around its self and securing it down with small dots of glue. As you are shaping your zipper bow you may have to readjust the curls of the zipper to make them tighter.
Before you glue the very end down. you will need to tie off you thread and cut it off. Tie it off by intersting your pin into the very edge of the zipper, as shown in the picture. DON'T however pull it through all the way.Just pull it till there is a tiny loop (look at picture) and them pass your needle through that loop and pull all the way tight. Do this 2 or 3 times.
Once you have tied off you zipper. Glue the end down. I like to tuck it behind its self so that you can see the abrupt stop of the end of the zipper. Some people do like the end showing. It's
totally up to you!

Now that you have finished both of your small zipper bows you are going to get your fabric flower (CLICK HERE for tutuorial) and position them on top of a large piece of felt. Once you have them where you like them lift one edge of each flower and glue it down so that it stays in place. Once each flower is glued down you will cut your felt out. Make sure that the felt under your bow cannot be seen. Once you have done that you are going to make sure your flowers are really secure in the center where they all meet together. Once you have done this, trim up the felt on the back if it needs trimming.
Now you will pick out your center. Here is what I chose for mine.
Glue it on.
Lace adds a really cute touch to your bow. I found mine at a garage sale. It was a black bird cage veil. Here is Jaysa wearing it. It's really cute and I thought about making it into a hair piece for me and keeping the veil on it but realistically I would probably never wear it. I am a mom with two kids. I don't have anywhere to go that would required me to dress up that much. Sad but true. So I cut it up and used the lace.
I just cut a small piece off, bunched one end up and glued it down to the back of the bow. Now you will need to add an alligator clip to the back of your bow. Click here for that tutorial.
Easy Peasy and cute!


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