Fold your rectangles in half long ways, with right sides together and pin edges together.
You will stitch down this open edge using your sewing machine (or hand sew if you don’t have a machine) with a 1cm seam allowance.
Step 3 - How to Sew a Bow
For the longest rectangle (your tail piece) you will want to mitre the edges (this will eventually hide the seam). Start by measuring 5 or 6cm up for the bottom short edge, and stitching at a 45 degree angle across the long raw edge. After doing this you will continue sewing the edge as you did the other pieces. But this piece you will need to leave a gap of a few cm at the centre to be able to turn it through. Then repeat on the other end of the tail. Then trim off the excess from the angled end.
Step 4 - Turn & Press
Iron all of your rectangles flat, as you sewed them. Then you will want to press your seam allowance open, gently, not pressing the rest of the rectangle, just the seam allowance.
Then turn your rectangles through so that the outside is your right side fabric. Position your seam line in the centre of the underside, and press flat.
Top tip – turning through the small rectangle can be tricky, if you put a safety pin on one edge, you can use this to guide your turning through.
For the mitred piece, use a pen or small scissors to poke the mitred edges through so you get a nice sharp point. Press this piece with the seam along the edge.
Step 5 - Fold
Next take the two main bow rectangles, take one open end and turn 1cm at the end, inside, and press with the iron.
Then, with the seam facing up, take the raw edge end and place it inside the folded edge end, they should overlap about 1cm. Place a pin to secure.
You should now have two ‘loops’ for the main bow, one small turned rectangle for the centre, and your long mitred edge tail piece.
Step 6 - Assemble
On your sewing machine, sew across this join, as close the folded edge as possible.
Ensuring that the seam side is on the inside, place the small rectangle on top of the large, making sure the connecting seams lay over one another, central to the bow pieces.
Then pleat this central point into three. You will now see your bow coming together!
Step 7 - The Final Finish
Holding your pleated bow, take your hand sewing needle and thread and place a few stitches in the back of this central part of the bow, to secure these pleats.
Next fold your tail piece into a v and placed the folded part behind your bow. Then take the tiny rectangle and place over all parts. You can hand stitch one end of the rectangle in place. Then fold it over nice and tight, and cut off the excess. Finish my folding in the raw edge you just cut, and doing a neat line of hand stitching to hold everything together.