September 25, 2012

How to Make: Fabric Apple Centers for Bows

Apples are the perfect embellishment for fall bows.  Create these fabric apples (about the size of a quarter) to be used in the center of bows.   Bias tape is a narrow strip of fabric that is folded and then added as a decoration or finish for clothing.  Bias tape comes in a variety of colors and I have started to experiment with sewing the tape into shapes to create bow centers.  My first design is these fun apples.

Materials Needed:
Red Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
Green Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
Hemp Rope
Red and Green Thread


1. Begin by folding the unfinished end of the tape inside to keep it from fraying.  Then fold the tape in half and begin a running stitch.

2. Pull the running stitch to make the fabric curl.

3. Continue to sew a running stitch and pull the fabric for a curl.  When you have the apple large enough (about the size of a quarter), cut the fabric and fold the end in and finishing sewing.

4. Stitch the ends into place.

5. Cut a piece of green bias tape about an inch long.

6. Create a point by folding the ends in and tacking it in place.

7. Fold the other end and tack the other side.

8. Sew the leaf onto the apple.

9. Cut a piece of hemp for the stem and whip-stitch it onto the back.

10. Finish by adding a few stitches on the bottom to create a few creases at the bottom of the apple.

11. The fabric apple is complete.

12. Follow the instructions to make several.

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  1. nice post, simple and easy steps to make. Surely try to make.

  2. Thanks, Hana. I am so happy you enjoyed my tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions while making it.


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