Thursday, December 5, 2013

How to Tie a Perfect Sash Bow

The holiday season is in full swing, and many of us will soon dress our little girls up in pretty stitched party dresses as we celebrate Christmas. Nothing finishes a party dress better than an expertly tied sash bow, of course, but tying a sash bow is harder than it looks. When not tied correctly, a bow may droop and hang vertically rather than stand up horizontally. Follow these steps from Perfect Party Dresses to ensure the bow sits perfectly against the back of the dress with beautifully formed loops and a bow knot.

1. Holding a sash in each hand, cross the left sash over the right.

2. Bring the left sash under the right at the center. Pull the left sash through and leave aside.

3. Make a loop with the right sash.

4. Turn the loop to the right.

5. Pick up the unlooped sash and place it over the looped sash.

6. Bring the left sash under the looped sash and through the gap underneath.

7. Pull on the looped ends to form the bow.

8. Adjust the size of the loops and arrange the sashes as required.

For more party dress inspiration, check out Perfect Party Dresses. With 12 smocked dresses and three petticoats, this book has everything you need to make your little girl's party dress dreams come true this year.

Sew On, Sew Well, Sew Beautiful,
Cyndi and Amelia


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  3. Awesome tutorial! I tried several other tutorials, but they either had bad pictures or not enough writing to properly explain what was going on in the picture without confusion. This one was perfect. Easy to follow with great pictures. Loved it and thank you so much for showing me how to correctly tie a bow on my dress!

  4. I have been attempting to tie a bow on a pair of boots I bought a year ago and this is the FIRST step-by-step guide that has been successful for me. I'm not crafty at all and could not get it to work. You are amazing though! Thank you!

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  6. I use this tutorial every time the bow on my boots comes undone. I was ready to throw them away before I found this article.

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