Greetings, Creeps and Creatures of the Night! Today for your crafting pleasure, I present an easy and elegant project worthy of one of the Brides of Dracula: the Dracubow!
Here’s what you will need:
For the base of the bow, I would recommend a medium weight fabric. Knits, or very lightweight fabrics like chiffon, will droop and not look very nice. Anything too heavy, like upholstery fabric, will be difficult to sew through and be very bulky at the center of the bow. A good fabric should be able to be purchased at any fabric or craft store. I am using polyester taffeta for mine. The black lace fabric above can be used as an overlay to the main fabric, but this is optional.
For the bat wings, I would recommend craft felt, PVC, or faux leather. If you use PVC or faux leather, you have to take care not to melt it when gluing. The craft felt I used cost about $0.36 and looks quite nice, so don’t feel the need to go out and get a lot of costly faux leather if you’d like to stick to a budget!
For the back of the bow a hair clip, an alligator clip, or a clasping pin are all fine, depending on what you would like to attach your bow to.
NOTE: Fabric glue may also be used in place of hot glue, but I would not recommend it, as it won’t hold well and the pin or clip may fall off.
To begin, you need to decide how large you would like your bow. Mine is about three inches across. Fold your piece of paper in half and sketch one bat wing along the crease. The wing should be a little under half your desired full width. Cut it out, cutting through both layers of paper, and you will have a full bat wing set. Unfold it and pin it down to the fabric using a straight pin. If you are using PVC or faux leather, I would not recommend pinning through the fabric, as this will leave noticeable holes. You should use a wooden or plastic clothespin instead, and move it as you need to while cutting out the wings.
Cut out the wings, and set them aside for now.
Lay out your main fabric and compare the width to your bat wings. Cut out a rectangle that is about double the width of the wings, plus an inch. It should also be about twice as tall as the bow, plus half an inch.
Lay the fabric rectangle with the side you want on the outside facing up, and fold both ends inward, overlapping them by a quarter inch in the center of the fabric. Pin it down. Use a back stitch to secure both top and bottom of the bow, taking care to include the corners and keep both layers of fabric inside the stitches.
(If you are unsure of how to do a back stitch, here is an excellent tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjHm8CL9WDA.) Be sure to tie the ends off securely.
Once you finish closing up both the top and bottom of the rectangle, remove the pin from the center and carefully turn it inside out through the slit in the middle, being sure to gently push the corners so that they turn out as well. Fold the top and bottom edges of the rectangle together and flip it over, pushing the center of the other side in so that it meets the two edges, and pin it with a straight pin.
Once you have adjusted it so that the sides are even and the bow folds the way you want it to, take a threaded needle and push it through the pinched together edges at the back of the bow, and once it is secured with a knot, wrap it around and around the middle of the bow, about a quarter of an inch across. Tie off the thread and run it back through the first knot before trimming. Remove the pin. Flip it over so that the front faces up, and attach the bat wings you cut out earlier to the center of the bow with a dab of hot glue. Be sure not to use so much that it leaks out the sides, as it can be hard to get the dried glue off.
Cut a Rectangle about as long as the bow, and twice as wide as you would like the center knot, plus a little bit for overlap. Mine was three inches wide by two and a half high. Put the side you’d like to show face down, and run a line of glue along the lower edge of it. Fold this up to about one third of the way from the top, and add another line of glue to the other edge, folding this one down and pressing together.
Put a dollop of glue on the center back of the bow and attach one end of the center tube to it. Wrap it around the bow, and secure it to itself with another drop of glue. Trim the end of the tube off, and stitch it down into place using a whip stitch. (If you are unsure of how to do a whip stitch, here is a tutorial for that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lTAiUY69K8.)
Set the bow aside and take one bead and one headpin. Thread the headpin through the hole in the bead, and use the pliers to twist the end of the wire so that it forms a loop above the bead. Attach your newly-formed crystal blood drop to the bottom center of the bow’s middle loop by stitching it in place the same way you would a button.
To keep the knot from showing, start the stitch from the inside of the middle band by pushing the needle between the middle band and the main body of the bow, and out the bottom center of the band. Be sure to tie it off tight and pass the needle back through the middle band and out the side between it and and the main body of the bow. Trim the thread just under the middle band so that the ends are hidden. Flip the bow over onto the front, and put a healthy line of hot glue down the middle back. Press your chosen clasp or clip into the glue, and allow it to dry.
You’re finished! Now all that’s left to do is find an event worthy of you to wear it to!
Tip: This bow can be adjusted easily into a clip-on bow tie! Simply make your bow larger, and make sure that it fits on your collar. Then attach an alligator clip to the back, with the toothed end facing toward the opening of your shirt, so that it sits right side up when you wear it.