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Tutorial: Pre-Tied Obi by taeliac Tutorial: Pre-Tied Obi by taeliac
Since I was making one for my newly remade Kotoko cosplay, I thought I'd take pictures as I go, because I've heard from a few people that they don't know how to make these pre-tied obi's, like you can purchase to wear with yukata and komon in Japan.

All of this is my own experimentation on how to do it, I do not know if it is the same as how they do it in Japan. I looked at as many pictures as I could find of one's you can purchase, and built this idea from that.

:star: You don't need to wire this bow! If you do, it will usually turn out looking like poop!

If you're having problems with getting it stiff enough, you're not using heavy enough interfacing! Add another layer on the other side, or go get yourself some heavier, collar weight interfacing.

Again, wiring this bow will make it look like poo ~ I developed this method so that you don't need wire (except in very rare circumstances, like bat-wing shaped bows) to get this to keep it's shape...


I do not have the information on how to make the sash in this, so I'll summarize them here:

- Take two strips of fabric, 2x the width you'd like the finished sash to be (I choose a 5" wide sash, so I cut two strips 10" wide). Add 1" seam allowance.
-- Ex: So, I cut 2 strips 11" by the width of the fabric (usually 45" or 60")
- Sew up the ends, making one really long sash
- Sew it into a tube, with right sides together
- Turn the tube right-side out
- Press
- Finish the edges of the sash, usually by tucking in the raw edges and pressing

You then take that sash and wrap it around your body usually 2-3 times, tucking the end in where you want the bow to be (this may take a few tries to get it placed right - I had to redo mine 3 times before I wound up with the edge in the front, to tuck in).


Let me know if this helps you out! I hope it does, because it's a lot easier to do than I had expected it would be!

Please do not redistribute this without asking me first! I want to know what sites these appear on!
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Anathiell Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd like to say THANK YOU!!! You made my life so much easier!…
Perfect Tutorial!
xRIKKAx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for this tutorial! you helped me a lot! <3
haddyDrow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
What is interfacing? where do you get it? can I use a double layer of heavy cotton? :(
taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interfacing is a stiff fabric that usually has a glue on it that allows you to iron it down and have it fuse to the fancy fabric permanently. The down side to a double layer of heavy cotton is that it's heavy, and can cause the bow to flop down, especially if it's not glued (like interfacing) to support the outer fabric. I really recommend picking some up - it's usually really cheap, and helps for a lot of different sewing projects!
haddyDrow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is going to be very useful to me! Thank you :D
JJNeepinFilms Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial, my sister and I tackled it and it came out wonderful.

I love my little red bow. (A red bow by coincidence). A last minute design to my kimono, and your efforts helped my efforts.


hallyuvian Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this was posted years ago XD, but I just found it and I wanted to thank you for making it!
I'm just starting on my Kotoko cosplay, and I'm still pretty new to sewing, so I wasn't sure how to go about some parts of it, but this will help a lot! Thank you!
taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm very happy that this helps you out!! If you get stuck with any sewing bits, let me know and I'll see what I can do to help - I have pages and pages of bookmarks for just about anything you may get caught up on ;P
hallyuvian Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
jennifafa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
This is a fantastic tutorial! Thanks I'm making a yukata (following your kimono tutorial) and both are perfect help for the noob in me. :)
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