Sunday, November 11, 2012

LOFT Inspired Bow & Rhinestone Sweater DIY Tutorial

I originally tried this on a few weeks ago and have still been thinking about it.  A clue to either buy it or DIY it.  I chose the cheaper route ;)

Inspiration and DIY'ed Version
LOFT Striped Bow Necklace 3/4 Sleeve Sweater (link)
I know I made the bow a little too big, but I'm hoping to also use this as a neck tie like this:

Asos top

Want to make one too?  See the full tutorial after the jump.

What I Used:
  • Black Ribbon (mine is 7/8" wide, grosgrain)
  • Pin
  • Rhinestone Strand (necklace, piece of trim, jewelry supply - any of these will work)
  • Needle & Thread
  • Striped Sweater
What I Did:

Take a loop of ribbon for your bow (mine was about 13" long) and sew the ends together where my pin is.  The sewn ends will be the center back of your bow so they won't be visible.

Take another length of ribbon (mine was about 16" long) and wrap it around your bow loop.

Arrange the tails into a "V" shape and secure with a few stitches.

Attach your pin backing with a few stitches or glue.

Angle the tails and seal the ends from fraying with Fray Check or clear nail polish.  Your pin is done!

Align your rhinestone strand with the shoulder seam and add a few stitches to secure the end.

Add a stitch at regular intervals to secure.

Then pin your bow on.

And voila, you're done!  A simple way to update a sweater.  The best thing is that these are easily removable when you're tired of it :)

Bows, sparkles, and stripes - are you onboard with this combo?


  1. That DIY looks easy and finished piece looks so fun! I might try... maybe only rhinestone :)

  2. Oh my, I LOVE this! What an easy way to jazz up a basic sweater! So pretty. I think I might have to steal this idea! :)

    xo Jenny

  3. I love your DIY projects!! Looks great SPG and love how the bow is a pin on! xoxo, Phoebe

  4. Great DIY :) Looks super easy to do too :)

  5. Beautiful. It look so easy to do, although it would probably take me ages with my sewing skills.

  6. Your DIYs come with options! Thats what I love about them.

  7. Looks great! I agree with newpetite, in that I love how your DIYs are filled with options!


  8. I love how this turned simple, but totally classy!

  9. i am always at awe at all your work and talent, so simple and so cute!

  10. I love this! I have been looking for a black grosgrain bow'd white blouse for ages and never thought about making my own. I might make an attempt of it :)

  11. Oh this turned out SO well! Congrats!

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  12. I love your classic with beautiful dark wood trimmings mannequin. Do you remember where you purchased it? I've been wanting to add one to my sewing room as using myself for fittings is sort of tedious!

    1. Hi! I got mine from eBay from this seller:

  13. Great simple tutorial!! Not tired of the combo yet :)

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