DIY bows.

37 weeks!

And OMG does it feel like it. I remember being pregnant with Jax and feeling just fine at almost 42 weeks. I clearly did not realize how lucky I was during those last weeks. No back pain or pure exhaustion or swollen legs and feet. Those were the days. This time around is so much different and I feel like I am fighting a losing battle to just get the basic things around me done. After about two hours of being somewhat productive I am ready for a nap or a bath or both. The only perk is the wonderful daily naps I am taking with Jax. Those snuggles are something I can not get enough of.

Ever since I realized I was having a girl I have been brainstorming about all these projects I wanted to make for her. And although I haven’t quite got the nesting bug, I have definitely got the crafting one. My dining room table looks like a Joannes exploded on it and I am loving every second of it. Today I created these super adorable bows, with next to no materials! After staring at high-end bows at a boutique I realized that the band on some of them looked like panty hose! I grabbed a pair of my old dancing ones (they are a tad bit thicker then regular panty hose), cut them up, and it worked out so well. I made both of these with a spare piece of fabric about the size of a piece of paper.

BOW #1 – 

Supplies – (2) pieces of fabric 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, (1) piece of fabric 1″ x 2 1/2″, (1) piece of panty hose cut to 6″ x 1/2″

Place both of the larger squares together right sides facing towards each other and cut them into a circle. Sew around the circle leaving a small opening to pull the fabric right side out.

Pull the fabric right side out.

Sew the opening in the circle closed.

Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half down the longest side with the right sides facing in and sew along the open side. Turn the fabric right side out. This can be a little tricky because of how thin it is.

Once it is flipped right side out fold it in half and sew it closed making a loop. Flip the loop around so that the seam is on the inside and feed the circle of fabric through it.

After you have the fabric the way you like it inside the loop feed the panty hose through the loop in the back of the bow. Sew the ends of the panty hose together.

Turn the panty hose around in the loop until the sewn portion is underneath the fabric.

I put a tiny bit of fabric glue in there as well to keep everything in place.

 

BOW #2 – 

Supplies – (2) pieces of fabric 4″ x 3 1/2″, (1) piece of fabric 2″ x 2 1/2″, (3) pieces of panty hose cut to 10″ x 1/2″

Braid the three pieces of panty hose together. I sewed the three of them together at the top to make the braiding easier.

Fold the two larger squares in half down the longest side with the right side of the fabric facing in. Sew a half circle around it leaving a small hole in the middle so that you can flip your fabric right side out. The black line on my fabric shows where I sewed.

Cut the excess fabric away.

Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half down the longest side with the right sides of the fabric facing in and sew down the open side.

Pull the fabric right side out on all three pieces.

Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half and sew the ends together. Flip the loop around so that the sewn portion faces inward.

Place the other two pieces of fabric one on top of the other and feed them through the loop you just made. I never sewed closed these two pieces because since they are in the center they will be hidden by the loop.

Feed the braid through the loop in the back of the bow and sew the two ends together.

Cut off any excess panty hose.

Move the braid through the loop until the sewn portion is hidden behind the fabric. I put a tiny bit of fabric glue in there too to keep it in place.