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Feb 22, 2011

The Purrrfect Accessory

After finishing a recent DIY project (which I will post in the next few days) I had some small strips of scrap fabric left that I decided would be perfect to make clip on bows. I already had everything I needed and I was able to complete this project while catching up on the latest episode of Modern Family (love!). I think they turned out pretty cute and can actually be worn in a variety of ways, just use your imagination!

Clip on bows
-1-2 types of scrap fabric
-scissors and ruler
-2 clip on earring posts with a firm pinch (you want them to grab hold and stay put)
-hot glue gun
-needle and thread (not necessary)
-fabric glue (or sewing machine if you aren't lazy like me)

*Note: I'm horrible at taking pictures while I'm working. It's hard for me to stop focusing on my work to pick up my camera so I hope the written directions and finished pictures are enough to help you through.

1. Take the piece of scrap fabric that is going to be the bow. Trim it into a long rectangle that is twice as long as you want your finished bow to be. It's up to you how large you want it. Mine are about an 1x3 1/2" finished.

2. Fold fabric in half length-wise. Glue two halves together with fabric glue. Press sides together and let dry.
-You can sew them together if you want. Since my fabric is furry it hides the fact that is was glued better than other fabrics.

3. Thread needle then take your fabric rectangle and pinch in the middle. Run the needle back and forth through the pinched fabric a few times to create a bow.
-You don't have to do this but I think it helps.

4. Cut a thin strip of fabric (same or different type) and with your hot glue gun wrap it tightly around the center of the bow.

5. Attach the bow to the back of the earring post with hot glue. Attaching it to the back allows for the smooth side to slip into your shoe without irritating your foot. Repeat these steps for second bow. Enjoy!
-I covered the exposed part of the earring post in a fabric as well so it would blend in with the bows.


1. Hair Clip

2. A broach for sweaters/shirts

3. Bowtie, etc., etc.


  1. Those turned out SO cute!

  2. What a great idea! Not that I'll ever do that, since I'm totally lazy and would stop halfway through and they would gather dust for the next six months!

    Thanks so much for posting on my blog, Jac! Welcome aboard for Leopard Week next week! Bring it on!