DIY: Tied in a Bow Sweater




Here it is... my first ever 'bow'torial!  This tutorial is one part sweater and about a gazillion parts bows.

Are you ready to be tied in a bow?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:

I used 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon.

Method:

1. Make a gazillion little bows...  ;)


Note: I singed the bow ends in flame (being careful not to burn down the house) to keep them from unraveling. A dab of clear nail polish could also do the trick.


2. Sew the bows onto the sweater. I just eyeballed random placement of the bows. You get the feel for it after a while.  I only put bows on the front and sleeves of the sweater. I didn't put them on the back because I felt the bows would get smushed every time I sat down.


Now you're set to be tied in a bow.




You can create this look in endless color combinations.  I really liked the contrast of the black ribbon on my beige sweater, but if you wanted to go subtle I really love this monochromatic look over at Atlantic-Pacific. Just find some ribbon in the same color as your sweater.

So, are you loving the embellished look?  

P.S. I'm brainstorming some other fun embellished clothing tutorials, so stay tuned. 

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61 comments:

  1. Love this... so pretty! This could be a great idea for a scarf or knitted gloves. Hope you're having a nice weekend!

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  2. Oooh... when I saw the bows in the sneak peek, I had no idea you were going to do this! It's so cute! I definitely have to try this ^.^

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  3. such a sweet idea!!!
    xxx Alessandra

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  4. This is such a marvellous tutorial! I love it. You look so sweet.

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  5. Great result! It went from a dull sweater to a high end look!

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  6. Pretty~ I am now looking at my boring sweaters/cadis with evil and crafty intent heehee

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    1. LOL, Meream! Now go forth and mutilate some sweaters. Muahahahahhaha! (aka evil crafty laugh) ;)

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  7. This is such an adorable bow-torial and I love the outcome! I think the black and beige was a great color combo. I am definitely going to experiment with this DIY.

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  8. Sweet sweet little diy. I love the look of your revamed sweater.

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  9. You are too clever! I also love another commenter's idea of putting them on knitted gloves.

    P.S. My post about our new kitty is up on the blog!

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  10. Cute! I love this. I am so bored with boring sweaters, and I love bows!

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  11. The outcome is totally adorable ! ^^ Nice job.

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  12. so i just bought two sweaters for a diy and now i'm like....ugh....should i just return one and do this instead? can i do both? actually. yeah. i have a cashmere cardi i could do this with. it's really cute!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

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  13. SOOO lovely!! I really want to do this!

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  14. I love this sweater DIY Erica! Such a great idea! :)

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  15. This is so cute and different. What an easy way to mix up an old sweater!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  16. I've been really getting into bows lately! This is adorable!

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  17. Now looks like a great new sweater.... your prejects are always so WOW!
    kisses
    www.petitgraphie.blogspot.com

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  18. So pretty and clever!! (Just love your pictures too!!)

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  19. I really do love this embellished look. You did a great job!! (as usual) :-)

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  20. bravo! I have a boring black shirt (of 10 in my closet)I should punch some color into it...

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  21. Wow this is such a great idea, the finished result looks so good! You would probably pay a lot for a similar cardigan to this in a shop. And I love the last picture where your dog decides it's play time not photo taking time!

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  22. i seriously can not get over you!!!

    this is incredible! I don't know how you do it all....precious...

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  23. What a fabulous DIY! I love all of the bows, so feminine!

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  24. Absolutely amazing ! This is my favorite. Soo cute.

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  25. This is such a cute idea!! Will definitely be giving it a go, thanks for the bow-torial!

    Elly @ Caribbean Living

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  26. That's such a cute DIY! I should try that with some of my other pieces of clothing. ^^

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  27. I am amazed...do you have a lot of idea in your mind all the time? you sew the ribbon so evenly:)....awesome:) Now, I don't believe you sucks in sewing!! (you mentioned that on my comment previously...ahahhah)

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  28. Oh, I love this SO much! I have so many boring cardigans that could definitely use some pizazz ;)

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  29. This is totally adorable! Thanks for sharing this DIY! I have a cardi I'd love to do this with :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves
    Enter my Blogiversary Giveaway!

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  30. So loving this today!!! you are so creative...I need you around my home. Have a lovely day.

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  31. Wow, this turned out really well! It's super cute and chic, you really spiced up that cardigan. It doesn't look too hard either, you just need to patient :-)

    lyckoland.blogg.se

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  32. You seriously have the cutest DIY projects! I love this, it's so fun and unique and incredibly simple. This is a great way to breathe life back into an old sweater.

    Stephanie

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  33. Erica, you are so right I am in love with this DIY!! Love your blog you are so creative!
    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  34. yes!! a fellow bow lover! this cardigan is such a great idea! this is very very tempting...:)

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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  35. this bow sweater is a great project! i love it and the lipstick you are wearing too is that weird?

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  36. So cute!! It looks like something you would buy in the store.

    *Erin

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  37. oh wow what a great way to jazz up a plain cardigan! so cute with the bows <3

    metallicpaws.blogspot.com

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  38. Omg that is such a great and cute idea! Love it!

    http://www.counttofour.com

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  39. I just found your blog today and it is beautiful, such a nice look. And this post is amazing. I wish I was so creative. You've made a new follower. Lizz xxx
    look-to-find.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. This is super cute! Love pics of you and the doggie too :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  41. This is so adorable! Now if I could just find the patience for this kind of stuff! haha. I started making a flower crown a couple of days ago and after about an hour and only getting 4 flowers attached, I had to stop. lol

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  42. This is SOOOOOOOO darling Erica! What a great way to customize a sweater...or even mask a tiny hole or stain...I'm lovin' the possibilities! And I'm with you...love the black on beige!

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  43. What a cute idea! I'm a little bit obsessed with bows right now so this is totally right up my alley. And you're right-- the possibilities are endless!

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  44. Oh my gosh that sweater is DIVINE!!!!!
    So beautiful! I'm doing this!! Straight away!

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  45. Erica, this is adorable! Love the turn out:)
    Well done chica!

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  46. Looking fab! <3 <3

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  47. Erica,

    This DIY idea is so simple yet so lovely. I love all your ideas. I am definitely trying this one this weekend :-) I love your style, so classic!

    XO Jenna

    Demureindiamonds.blogspot.com

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  48. How creative, looks like something you bought at high end store :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following on gfc!
    Abi K
    www.abi-asaturdaymorning.blogspot.com

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  49. wow!! such a pretty idea! :) i love your 'new' sweater.

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  50. So... I'm watching vlogs on youtube and come across this. Go to 10:35 and you'll see why I thought of you ^.^ It was originally $50! Whaaaat?

    http://youtu.be/XdQSL_Gdsx8

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    1. Gaaaahhh! Caleisha! That is great! I can't believe it was originally $50!!! lol! And, someone at Kohl's must be been spying on my blog. ;)

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