DIY Tutorial – Tie-On Shoulder Bow

A few weeks ago I saw this top from Zara and totally fell in love with it. For me, it was all about the shoulder bow. I just had to make one myself and today I'm going to show you how you can do it too. It's really easy and adds a sweet touch to your favorite sleeveless summer dress or top. 

These bows are so easy to make that even a beginning stitcher can make them. The hardest part is probably cutting the fabirc. In testing this out, I discovered that the bows have a better floppy look when cut on the bias. When cut on the straight of grain the bows stick up and are perky. Cut on the bias, they have a nice casual flop. 

How to Sew a Tie-On Shoulder Bow


Tie-On Bow PDF Pattern

Light-weight fabric




Step 1: Download PDF pattern. Print with scaling set to "None". Cut out pattern along dotted line. Fold fabric on the bias. Cut 4 on fold along dotted line of pattern.

Step 2: Place 2 ties with right sides together. Stitch 3/8 inch seam allowance leaving open between small dots. Trim seam allowance and clip curves.

Step 3: Turn right side out and press. Topstitch or hand stitch opening closed. Repeat with remaining fabric. Tie bow onto shoulder of garment.

And that's it! I hope you enjoy this little tutorial. These bows could be used on dresses or tank tops for women or girls. Or as a cute detail on a pocket, purse or even your shoes.