One of the problems with being an avid crafter in a teensy tiny apartment is that there is a significant lack of storage! I have boxes of yarn, fabric, beads, and a great assortment of odds and ends stashed all over the place! I have been using some of my Summer days to try and re-organise the catastrophe that is my bedroom/crafting room/home office, and in doing so decided to come up with a few projects to use up the ever increasing stash of fabric and yarn scraps I seem to be accumulating.
Now I’m not sure about the rest of you with young daughters, but my little Mademoiselle seems to be amazing at losing barrettes. Amazing. I am certain that hiding out with all the single socks that have been lost in the wash, there is a pretty enormous stash of barrettes. So, in the spirit of replacing several barrettes that had taken it upon themselves to go walk-about, I decided to make up some cute little crochet-edged bows.
The bows work up very quickly and are a great beginners project. They are easy to adapt to any size. As you can see I made three different sizes, and the only variation between them was to decrease the width a little of the crochet center tie when making the smallest bow.
Crochet-edged Bow Barrettes
You will need
Scrap cotton fabric (largest piece of fabric I used was 5 cm (2″) wide by 11 cm (4 1/2″) long)
3.25 mm crochet hook
4ply crochet cotton
Cut a rectangle out of your fabric that is twice as wide as you would like your finished bow to be (keeping in mind that the crochet edge adds about 2 cm). I would recommend trying to place one of the long edges along the fold line so you have less sewing to do!
Fold the fabric wrong side facing out. Starting at one of the short edges, sew together using a straight stitch. Continue along the long edge and part of the way along the second short edge. Turn fabric right side out, and stitch the opening closed.
Using your darning needle and crochet cotton, blanket stitch around the edge of the bow (this will be through both pieces of fabric), starting at the center of the long side (this can be later hidden by the bow’s center). Tie off when you have stitched all the way around.
Using crochet hook, slip stitch to join along the center of the long edge. Chain 1. *2sc in same stitch and in every blanket stitch to the corner. 3sc in the corner stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach your first stitch. Slip stitch to join.
Ch1, 2sc in same stitch. *Slip stitch in next stitch, 3sc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach your first stitch of this round. Slip stitch to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
R1: Crochet center tie. Chain 5, sc in 2nd chain from hook and across to end. (For the smallest bow I changed this to Ch4).
R2-12: Chain 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. Fasten off on last row, leaving a long tail.
Pinch the center of the bows. Wrap the center tie around this point then stitch the ends together at the ‘back’ of the bow.
Using a glue gun, glue bow onto an alligator clip.