Round-a-Bow with Braided Chignon
Round-a-bows are a frilly, fluffy, lacy explosion and look lovely with a braided chignon! These bows are similar to scrunchies, but they don't have to be twisted to create an interesting style -- this design stands on its own.
Netting and satin create a soft, shimmery, exotic round-a-bow for a touch of mystery.
What You'll Need:
- 1 yard of lace, 10 inches wide
- 5 inches of elastic, 1/4 inch wide
Step 1: Fold the lace in half lengthwise. At one end of the closed, folded side, sew a double stitch 1/2 an inch from the edge to secure the thread.
Step 2: Sew a row of running stitches up the length of the lace on the closed, folded side, staying 1/2 an inch from the edge.
Step 3: When you reach the other side of the lace, weave the needle through the lace to hold it in place. Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and feed it all the way through the seam you have just created.
Step 4: Tie the ends of the elastic together in a double knot. Trim any excess elastic.
Step 5: Remove the needle from the lace and gently pull on it to gather the lace around the elastic. Stitch the knotted ends of the elastic together securely. Trim any excess thread.
Step 6: Pull together the ends of the lace to cover the knotted elastic. You'll be left with four loose edges of the lace. Neatly sew together each pair of edges.
This round-a-bow was made from the leftovers of a pair of jeans that were cut into shorts. Cutting into the edges makes it loose and floppy and adds to the design by exposing the reverse side of the material.
To make the braided chignon featured in the photo, follow these directions
Step 1: Fasten a pontytail at the crown of the head with a coated band. Divide it into three equal strands. Hold the left strand in your left hand. Hold the other two strands in your right hand; with your palm facing up, the right strand is between your thumb and forefinger and the center strand is between your forefinger and middle finger.
Step 2: Turn your right hand over so your palm is facing downward. This will make the right strand cross over the left strand so that they switch positions.
Step 3: Now hold the right strand in your right hand. Hold the other two strands in your left hand; with your palm facing up, the left strand is between your thumb and forefinger and the center strand is between your forefinger and middle finger. Turn your left hand over so your palm is facing downward. This will make the left strand and the center strand switch positions.
Step 4: Continue this procedure, alternating from right to left until the whole pontytail is braided. Fasten the end with a coated band.
Step 5: Take the braid and wrap it around its base at the crown to make the chignon. Use hairpins to secure the chignon to the hair near the scalp. Wrap the chignon in different ways to create new looks.
On the next page, learn how to make a fancy bow called the Gift Box Bow, which is perfect for accenting a French braid.