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Watermelon Hair Bow and Tank

What is it about watermelons and their super summery yumminess? During the summer, they can been seen at every BBQ, on the cutest home decor everywhere, at picnics and basically everywhere! They scream summer and yummy and did I mention summer? Let’s just face it, summer would not be complete without watermelon, and today the super fun and super talented Mary from Little Mama Boutique is sharing a Watermelon Hair Bow and Tank you are going to fall in LOVE with! Nothing screams summer like a watermelon and nothing screams absolute cuteness like this adorable matching hair bow and tank! I mean seriously…do they make them in my size? Enjoy!

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Hi everyone! Are you loving summer, I know I am! I am loving sitting poolside with a nice big slice of watermelon and relaxing for a moment. So if you ever look at my tutorials and think “how does she have time to do all this”…well let me tell you I think my dishes have set up their own colony in my kitchen and laundry…welllll it will be there tomorrow right?!?! In today’s tutorial I made a matching top and bow, however, you could make just one or the other to if you just have a little time to spare, in between your poolside visits.

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Supplies you will need:
A tank or shirt, I picked up this tank from Walmart for $1.68. They are awesome for crafting!!
Fusible Interfacing
A small cut of watermelon fabric
Sewing machine and matching threads for top stitch
1.5″ or 3″ green ribbon for ruffling
Mix of 7/8″ watermelon themed/colored ribbon
Lighter
Scissors
Glue gun
Hair clip

Get All Of Your Supplies
First up is the watermelon shirt. Measure the width of your shirt and take a couple inches off for your width of your watermelon wedge. Draw a wedge shape on your watermelon fabric and cut out.

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Repeat this step with your fusible interfacing. I cut my interfacing about a half inch smaller all around so that I don’t have to sew through it. In past experience even some of the “sewable” interfacing is a pain to sew over.

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Iron onto the wrong side of your watermelon wedge.

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Peel off backing of interfacing and iron to attach to your tank or shirt.

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Thread your sewing machine with a pink thread for your top stitch. Zig zag stitch all the way around the edge of your watermelon.

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Measure the bottom of your watermelon wedge and double or triple that length for your “rind” ribbon. Mine measured about 11.5 inches so I cut my ribbon 34 inches long. I used 3 inch ribbon and my watermelon ended up a little rind happy so 1.5 inch ribbon might have been a better proportion.

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Switch your top thread to green on your machine and set your stitch to it’s longest setting possible. Stitch two rows of stitches close to one another down the middle of your ribbon. Leave extra length of thread at both ends.

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Tie one end of your threads into a couple knots. On the other end either take both top threads or both bottom threads and pull on them to ruffle your ribbon. Ruffle it down until the measurement is what you need it to be for the bottom of your watermelon.

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Pin in place.

Watermelon Hair Bow and Tank - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Change your stitch length on your machine back to a standard stitch length. Stitch your ribbon onto your shirt by stitching over or near your gathering stitches.

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Voila! There you have an embellished original shirt in a few steps!

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Now onto our matching bow! I decided to go with a mini stacked bow, they are my favorite, as they are small enough to clip into thin hair in the front, but big enough to showcase a variety of fun ribbons. For a template I just use a 4 inch wide piece of cardboard cut from a box with a slit cut down the middle.

For my top twisted boutique bow I typically choose two ribbons, a print and line with a solid. Cut your ribbon at an angle and heat seal with a lighter.

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Place your ribbon over center cut of template and wrap around template twice, ending on opposite side,cut this time in template. Place a pin down the center of ribbon through the cut in template. Cut your ribbon at an angle and heat seal again.

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Carefully slide your ribbon off your template leaving pin in center.

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Bring your inner loops up and your outer down. This will create an “x” through the middle and a butterfly like shape.

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Take your pin out and sew down the middle of your bow with a needle and thread weaving in and out a couple times. Pull to gather your stitches and wrap your thread around the center a few times, finishing with a knot in the back.

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For your spike layer cut 7 pieces of ribbon 4.25 inches long. V cut and heat seal.

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You can arrange your spikes by turning a pin upside down and placing them on the pin down their center. Alternate forming an “x”.

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Carefully slide off your pin and sew down the center just as you did for your bow above. If your spikes aren’t placed exactly how you like you can use a dab of hot glue in between the spikes to help place them where you like.

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Last layer is to sew another twisted boutique bow like we did in the first step. I just do a single ribbon for this one. This is what your three layers should look like.

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Start with your bottom bow and glue spikes to that with your glue gun, attaching in the center where your thread is. Attach top bow to spikes gluing in center again. Attach a partially lined clip to back of bottom bow, then wrap center of bow with 3/8 inch ribbon, sorry I forgot to take pics of this step. Finished bow should look like this.

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Now you just need to find your nearest watermelon eating cutie to sport your creations!! Thanks so much for joining me and I hope you have fun making your own slice of summer set!!

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Watermelon Hair Bow and Tank - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Watermelon Hair Bow and Tank - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


Thank you Mary and bring on the cuteness! Seriously, I am not sure this little matching set could be any cuter or any more perfect for summertime! Get your ribbon and fabric ladies and gents, because I know there is a little watermelon lovin’ cutie around there somewhere that would look brilliant in this bow and tank/shirt!
Mary, you are genius and so so very talented! Thank you for sharing this fabulous and super summery project with us today!

Are you ready to create more projects, perfect for summertime? Here are a few more hair accessories and articles of clothing perfect for sporting to all of your summertime fun!

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