This whole cleaning out of the craft stash is making me a little obsessed with making different/not my standard bows. I’ve seen mesh bows filled with pompoms a lot lately and wanted to try making some. I didn’t have pompoms so I substituted with some very light beads. You could use either or really anything as long as it’s not too heavy.

End result:

Beaded Bow Tutorial

What you need:

  • Plastic beads (I’m using pearls and some blue ones)
  • Tulle netting fabric
  • Scissors, needle, thread

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Cut 2 rectangles of netting.

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Lay them together and stitch around the outside leaving a gap at one corner to feed in the beads.

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Turn it inside out through the hole.

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Start inserting your decorations. I made a little paper funnel and poured them in to speed up the process.

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Blue done!

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Add in some pearls to give it more shape…

Beaded Bow Tutorial

It needs to be around 2/3 full so there’s still room to tie in the middle.

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Stitch the hole closed…

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Cut another rectangle of the netting.

Beaded Bow Tutorial

Tie in the middle and you’re done!

Beaded Bow Tutorial

The tulle I had on hand was bridal tulle so it doesn’t hold the shape particularly well. You can use heavy duty tulle, add a wire frame or a piece of felt inside as a backing to help it. I decided to leave mine floppy because they way I’m going to wear it my hair will prop it up!

Beaded Bow Tutorial

I’m quite taken with this style now so as soon as I can find the damn mini pompoms in my craft shelves I’m going to make some more!

Beaded Bow Tutorial

I think I might use bows like this to decorate my vanity now that’s it’s become my new hair/make up area… ugh that just means more cleaning ;_;