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Liquid Stitch-ing

 Liquid Stitched Bows

I would really like to keep my sewing blog focused on sewing and sewing related things.  So when I started my hair bow extravaganza I had intended to sew them either by hand or on the machine. These hair bows are for my niece and I started… oh… a day before she was born… and… I was going to make lots of these to go with different outfits so hand stitching was not going to happen.  Plan B ended up with me using a large amount of gooey Liquid Stitch. Hey, there’s “stitch” in the name. That’s pretty close to sewing in my book.

 

 

Supplies

  • Assorted 3/8” ribbons
  • Fabric glue like Unique Stitch or Liquid Stitch
  • 1¾” pin curl hair clips
  • Rubber shelf liner with the small dots

Supplies

 

 

 

Ribbons

I bought a 24 assorted pack from Joann’s. They are labeled under several different brands but are made from the same manufacturer. The packs come in a variety of color/pattern choices. I prefer the grosgrain over the satin but either will do. The satin ribbon like satin fabric shows imperfections more. Had I planned ahead I would have bought assorted ribbon mixes from Etsy or Ebay. These packs are in the same color theme so there aren’t as many outfits they can go with.

 

 

Covering the Clips

There are lots of ways to do this. I like covering the entire clip because then there are no pointy metal that can harm a squirming baby. This also covers the areas where hair can get caught in the spring mechanism.

Cover the Clip Steps

  1. Cut lengths of ribbon 7-1/2″.
  2. Fold the ribbon right sides together with one end 3″ long and the other 4-1/2″ long.
  3. Spread glue on the inside of the clip. Place the folded ribbon in the clip with the shorter end towards the bottom of the clip. Close the clip to hold it in place.
  4. Spread glue around the top of the clip. Fold the ribbon over the top.
  5. Spread glue around the bottom of the clip. Fold the ribbon under the bottom.
  6. Spread glue into the nook of the clip and wrap it under the bottom clip.

 

 

Non-slip Grips

Since babies can have fine hair or little hair, adding a non-slip grip will help the clip hold in place.

  1. Cut the non-slip shelf liner into 1 by ¼” pieces. If you’re using the small dots like me, you should have 6 dots by 2 dots. Make sure the edges are smooth.
  2. Glue the grip piece onto the under side of the upper clip.

Non Slip Grip

 

 

Making the Hair Clips

I made 5 different styles of hair clips.  When I say to “stitch” you can either use Liquid Stitch, stitch it by hand or possibly by machine.

Version 1: Ribbon Covered Clips

You can used these clips with just the ribbon cover. This look is simple yet stylish for everyday wear.

Version 1 Plain Clips

 

 

Version 2: Crisscross Bow

This more traditional bow style are also great for everyday wear.

Crisscross Bow

  1. Cut 3 lengths of ribbon:  Cut 2 bow loops at 4” long.  Cut 1 knot at 2-1/2” long.
  2. Form a circle with the bow loop and “stitch” the ends in place with some Liquid Stitch, overlapping about ¼”. Repeat with the other loop.
  3. “Stitch” the loop in the center so that the seam is at the center back.
  4. Cross the 2 loops to form an “X” shape.
  5. Tie a knot in the middle of the remaining ribbon. Wrap it around the middle of the “X” and “stitch” into place.   Trim the ends if needed.
  6. Allow to dry per the glue manufacturer’s instructions.  Use a clothes pin or the metal pin curl clip to hold while drying.
  7. Put a dot of glue on the center back and attached it to the clip.

Crisscross bow steps

 

 

Version 3: Tuxedo Bow

This version is more of a modern bow look.  It can be a little dressier depending on the ribbon.

Tux Bow Single

  1. Cut 2 lengths of ribbon: 1 bow loop at 4-1/4”.  1 knot at 1-1/8″
  2. Form a circle with the bow loop and “stitch” the ends in place with some Liquid Stitch, overlapping about ¼”.
  3. “Stitch” the loop in the center so that the seam is at the center back.
  4. Wrap the knot ribbon in the center of the bow loop. “Stitch” the ribbon at the center back.
  5. Allow to dry per the glue manufacturer’s instructions.  Use a clothes pin or the metal pin curl clip to hold while drying.
  6. Put a dot of glue on the center back and attached it to the clip.

Tux Bow Steps

 

 

Version 4: Tuxedo Double Bow

This version is a touch dressier than the single tuxedo bow.

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  • Cut 2 lengths of ribbon: 1 bow loop 4-1/4”.  1 bow loop 3-1/2”.  1 knot 1-1/8”
  • Form a circle with the bow loop and “stitch” the ends in place with some Liquid Stitch, overlapping about ¼”. Repeat with the other loop.
  • “Stitch” the loop in the center so that the seam is at the center back.
  • Place the smaller loop on top of the larger and “stitch” in place.
  • Wrap the knot ribbon in the center of the bow loop. “Stitch” the ribbon at the center back.
  • Allow to dry per the glue manufacturer’s instructions.  Use a clothes pin or the metal pin curl clip to hold while drying.
  • Put a dot of glue on the center back and attached it to the clip.

 

Double Tuxedo Bow Steps

Version 5: Old School Gift Wrap Bow

This bow is for the fanciest of occasions.  I love these as they remind me of every present I received as a kid.  We never had any fancy ribbons; just these little sticky back bows.  Of course, we’d reused them again and again a new piece of tape.

Old School Bow

  1. Cut 1 lengths of ribbon 22-1/2″ long.
  2. Starting ¼” in from the end, mark the ribbon with chalk or disappearing ink at 2” intervals. Make sure you test first to make sure the mark disappears.
  3. Hold a push pin one hand and twist the ribbon with the other.  If you’re hand sewing use a threaded sewing needle with a knot at the end.
  4. Make 5 loops for the bottom layer, less loops if your ribbon is firm/thick. The loops should make a little pointed end. Add glue around the pin.
  5. Make 5 loops for the middle layer, less loops if your ribbon is firm/thick.  Add another layer of glue around the pin.
  6. Make 1 round loop for the center.
  7. Allow to dry per the glue manufacturer’s instructions.  If you’re Liquid Stitch-ing leave the ribbon on the pin to dry. If you’re hand sewing, pull the needle through the layers a couple of times to secure the layers.
  8. Put a dot of glue on the center back and attached it to the clip.


Old School Bow Steps

 

 

Assembly Line “Stitching”

This post would not be complete without a touch of “factory” tips.  Due to the short time frame, quantity of bows and because the glue has to dry before moving onto the next step, it made sense to do the steps in groups instead of one bow at a time.  I cut all my ribbons in one session.  Glued all the clip covers in one session.  As those were drying I made the different bows.  Lastly the bows were attached.  Cutting open the bottom of the glue was much faster then squeezing the tube at each step.

Assembly Line

Happy “stitching”

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6 Responses to Liquid Stitch-ing

  1. Accordion3 says:

    What terrific bows! They are sensational.

  2. Vanessa says:

    These hair bows are so cute!! You are a great aunt!

    • Thanks you. She’s my first niece so I love making girlie things for her. I also made her lots of headbands. Of course that involved lots of hand and machine stitching. And I didn’t take any pics in the process.

  3. NancyD says:

    Gee, I don’t have any babies in my vicinity, but I do have the kind of hair that even rubber bands fall out of. I think I’ll try to make a few of these for me! Thanks for the tutorial.

    • OMG rubber bands fall out?! What a pain. Maybe you want to put the shelf liner on the top and bottom of the clip for extra grip. I hope it works for you. These clips have definitely stayed on my niece’s hair for hours without problems.

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