Franki's Zero Waste Fabric pattern ideas - Bow & Collar

Franki's Zero Waste Fabric pattern ideas - Bow & Collar

Charlie Bradley Ross Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Our wonderful Franki is back with her amazing Zero Waste fabric pattern ideas! Today she will teach us how to make a Bow and a Collar!

Zero Waste Bow

Bow Instructions:

  • Cut out Bow and Bow Middle.
  • Fold Bow along Fold Lines, right sides of the fabric together.
  • Stitch along the sides until you reach the Centre line. The seam allowance is marked.
  • Turn the bow the right way round and stitch up the open seam; this is the back of the Bow.
  • Now you can pleat the bow, make even stitches to gather the centre line together, go through both layers.
  • Take the bow middle, fold along fold line (right sides together) and stitch up seam allowance.
  • Turn the bow middle the right way round and wrap around the gathered centre line of the Bow.
  • Stitch bow middle closed around the bow (tidily!!). Voila you have your Zero Waste Bow.
  • Zero waste bow pattern
    Zero Waste Pattern - Bow


    • You may want to use a lightweight interfacing to stabilise the fabric.
    • The size of the Bow is flexible, you could print it a different size if you like of use the same layout to draw up your own Zero Waste Bow

    Collar (for using up your scraps)

    Collar Instructions:

  • Cut 4 (2 pairs) of the collar pattern.
  • Stitch each pair right sides together all the way round, along the marked stitch line, leaving just the centre back seam open.
  • Snip into the seam allowance to allow the curve to lie flat, turn collars the right sides out.
  • Hand stitch the centre back seams as neatly as possible, and use an iron to press the collars flat.
  • You can either now attached the collar to a garment of your choice (hand stitching them down or just along the neckline), or you can attach the collar to ribbon and wear as an accessory.
  • Zero waste pattern collar
    Zero Waste Pattern - Collar
    • If you want to use fabric and a lining, repeat the steps above just make sure you cut a pair of lining and a pair of fabric and match them up accordingly.
    • You may want to use a lightweight interfacing to stabilise the fabric.

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