Making a Simple Rag Bow
A simple rag bow can dress up so many things and you can make these in minutes. I can't wait to share how to make these with you using just strips of fabric. You can use these rag bows on decor pieces like I am today, but you can also make them bigger and use them on a front door wreath, or on a decorated table under your covered patio.
This shabby chic rag bow makes a great addition to any home decor project. You can also use this same technique for a wedding bow if this is the style for your special day.
Simple Rag Bow
I like to use fabric that is 18″ long and cotton fabric works best. You want to start by getting some “wear” into your fabric. You don't want it all nice, new, & crisp. My favorite way to do this is to put it in the washer with a lot of fabric softener, then be sure to use a dryer sheet when drying. Your fabric will be all nice and soft.
You can use one fabric, two fabrics, as many as you want. Don't feel limited!
For your first step, grab your fabric and scissors and start the cut 1″ from the edge. Then tear the fabric the entire length, the whole 18″.
For the bow I am making, I have 16 strips, 8 of gray and white gingham and 8 of white fabric.
Laying Out Your Strips of Fabric
When you are laying your fabric strips out, start one at a time, lay it on the table and fold it back at the 2/3rds mark. So your long section is about 12″ and then folded over is about 8″.
Then for the next strip, do it the opposite way.
Keep switching back and forth with the long tails on the right side and then the next layer they are on the left side. If you are using multiple fabrics, be sure to alternate those as well. I did two layers with one fabric and then switched the next two layers with the next fabric.
Once you are done with your layering, it's time to take a long piece of fabric, again go with an 18″ strip of fabric, either pattern is fine, and you will want to wrap it around the middle of your fabric stack and tie it off in a double knot at the back side.
Fluff out your layers and you are done! My friends, it is just that simple to make a simple rag bow!
Dollar Store Candle Holder with Stand
At the Dollar Tree, you can find these little candle stands that hold a taper candle. And you can find these little glass jars there that will hold anything, candles, decorative rocks, chocolate, anything.
All you need in addition to that is some heavy duty glue. My preference for this is E6000.
Here is a list of supplies used to create this craft, other than the fabric. Some of these items contain my affiliate links. That means when you buy from the links, it costs you no more and helps keep this site going as I make a small percentage of the sales.
All you do is put a thin line of glue around the top of the taper candle holder and attach it to the bottom of your glass jar.
I like to flip my jar upside down, set the taper candle holder on top and let gravity help with the gluing process.
That's it with this part, super simple!
Finishing the Project
Once your rag bow is complete, just tie it around your glass jar. I tie mine in a bow around the jar so that I can change out the bows for different seasons and keep the same jar. Keep in mind that you can add anything to the middle knot section for different seasons as well. Think about adding small, red felt poinsettias to the middle for Christmas. A pastel egg for Easter, a spider for Halloween – anything really!
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Give this a try! Think of the next holiday or season you will decorate your home for, grab some fabric that reflects that. Throw it in the washer on quick wash and make your candle holder while you wait. This is such an easy way to create a handmade rag bow. XOXO, Meg
Annette Santana says
Thank you so much. I always want it to learn how to make a rag bow. I am going to give it a try.
I love rag bows and, thanks to you, I now know how to make them! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s – you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.
So cute Meg and could be used in so many ways. Love it!
Thank you for sharing this project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your simple rag bow at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.
What a creative bow! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
I love your rag bow. I pinned it to make. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2021/11/thursday-favorite-things-party_01358882.html
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
This would be a great way to use up scraps of fabric and still make something so pretty too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Pinned. #HomeMattersParty
Annette Bell says
His seems so easy as you explain it. I can’t wait to try it.