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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...

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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).

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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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Avette Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent & helpful tutorial! Thank you!
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Zichee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
This may be a silly question to ask, (but I don't see it listed here) what kind of wire is this? It looks very strong and I needed a strong wire to hold the bow.
Ty for sharing this tutorial btw. =)
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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! anathiell.deviantart.com/art/P…
Perfect Tutorial!
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xRIKKAx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for this tutorial! you helped me a lot! <3
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haddyDrow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
What is interfacing? where do you get it? can I use a double layer of heavy cotton? :(
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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!
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haddyDrow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is going to be very useful to me! Thank you :D
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JJNeeps 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.

Cheers,

JJ.
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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!
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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
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hallyuvian Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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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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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray!! That is exactly what I was hoping for, because with sewing, you just gotta start somewhere and dive in ;P
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CoconutLimeDree Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome but what about the part that goes around your stomch area (The thing that the obi tucks into.) lol I'm trying to make that and an obi for a kimono I got from epcot in disney. (The obi and such that I could have gotten with it were too expensive lol)
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pixiepearl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!!
I HAVE THE SAME IRON :D
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Great tutorial: it will come in very handy in the future :) (and now I know how to stop my apron straps being pulled down by the weight of the fake bow). I've been using an old plastic table cloth instead of interfacing: it actually works quite well. It makes such a difference: I used to use light weight inerfacing, but the bows were never stiff enough
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Bisko-chan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! Will use it on a kimono that I'm making. The obi was giving me some trouble when tying it the raditional way, so I decided to do a pre tied obi instead.
The only thing missing from yours that I saw on some obis online is that you "clip" in the bow like you have it here, but it has 2 additional strings/ ribbons on the back of the bow that you bring around and tie around your waist, then hide it by tucking under the main obi on the front [link] . I think that gives it a lot more sturdiness and it prevents it from falling out or flopping down. For yours, I see it's on the front and it's less likely to fall out, but if you're wearing it on the back, you might want to secure it a little more.
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kiichigochan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your tutorial!!! I was searching for one that helps me do a proper bow & your idea of wire was perfect!
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Syjana Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice i like it
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Kuuraddo Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
I'm so gonna try to make one :D
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Sakura2189 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Really a brilliant tutorial! :love:
do you happen to have a tutorial for that yukata? :D
I wanna make a Wa-Loli so bad TT_TT
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TimmCosplay Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. Thank you~
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SammyKammy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you so much!
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chasingbutterfly Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Obi as well as hakama and kimono? I'm going to have to put a watch on you, or I'll be here all night!
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Yuki-chan86 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
How cool! All I need now is how to figure out to sew my own yukata and we are golden!
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Secret-Night Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I am going to attempt this, thank you. :)
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ploekje13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thankssss... ;D
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Pai-tan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Thanks : D This is useful... I'm doing a costume (Iris from pokemon) and I needed to know how to make a bow without actually tying one.
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msChicken Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this turtorial is really great! I'm working on a Kotoko-cosplay, and thanks to this, I found an easier way to make the Obi. :3
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Crash-The-Hyruler Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Wow Just what I'm looking for XD YAY! I'm going to try this tonight! :D
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wyiw-1995 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
This is super helpful for my next cosplay.
>.< Well done
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MewBlaze Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
etto... i've got a question
the sash's 12 feet long or it's long enought only to wrap the waist?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, if you're using 6 foot wide fabric, I guess it would be so :giggle:

No, actually it should wrap around your body at least twice, usually three times is best, that way, you can pull it as tight as you can so it stays, is comfortable, and keeps everything lookin' good :3
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MewBlaze Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:D
tnx
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deathkid444 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
tyvm ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time!! :glomp:
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mikailborg Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I wanted to leave you a comment and thanks, as you just helped me win an Honorable Mention in the Hall Costume contest at Anime Mid-Atlantic 2010.

I developed a sudden brainstorm that I needed a Kotoko costume for the con. This would have been interesting enough; except that I decided it should be in PVC since she's a little robot, I'd never sewn a garment in my life, and the con happened to be about a week away. (The additional fact that I'm a guy paled next to these others.)

Somehow, I pulled it all together, but with your help, I finished the obi and bow in a single evening, and I can't thank you enough. I posted a picture at [link] and I gave you credit there!

Thank you again!
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oOnozomiOo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazingly done tutorial, it's so easy to understand.

I want to cosplay Sheena Fujibiyashi from Tales of Symphonia, do you think this would work?
Her bow is in back though, and I'm worried it might fall off...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh no! It will definitely work for hers - they don't fall off, front or back :D You make the sash long enough to wrap around your body at least twice (three is actually better) and wrap it tight, tuck in the loose end, and then slide the bow in place - it works for bows no matter where you're wearing them! (and, if that was a little confusing, I'm hoping to shortly have a video up of how to do it, to make it easier :giggle:

And, I'm happy that it's easy to understand!! :boogie:
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oOnozomiOo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh! Thank you so much for clarifying!!! ^w^
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cythaleanna Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome tutorial! :clap: definitly heped me make the Obi for my costume! thank you veryy much!!! :hug:
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm very happy to hear it!! :glomp:

What costume did you work on? (sorry! I'm just rather nosy ;P)
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cythaleanna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry for the very late reply OTL

ive uploaded the picture of the costume, feel free to visit it anytime u can :)

thank you again!

link: [link]
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cythaleanna Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its ok :)
its a wa-loli costume and its my first time making it (well my dad helped out alot :giggle: )
i might put up a pic in my DA :w00t:
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TaraTrance Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I followed this and it was my first time doing anything for a cosplay and it came out GREAT.

This helped me out so much!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: Hooray! I'm so happy to hear that :love:

What cosplay are you working on? *ish nosy*

If I can ever help with anything sewing-related, just lemme know - I love helping how I can :D
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XgodofdeathX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
this is so helpful i need this. nao i can make my bincho-tan cosplay <3
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I'm very happy to hear it!! :glomp:
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ohhoneypie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I second the comment mentioning how helpful this is. I am planning on making a "maid" type cosplay for a con during the summer and I spent a good hour trying to find a "perfect dress bow" tutorial. I just happen to come across your dA page again, for another tutorial. And here this bow tutorial is! And it looks too easy!

Thank you for providing even minor detail tutorials like these on your own time. I needed all the help I can get! You helped me!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, it definitely is perfect for maid-type outfits! :glomp:

I'm always happy to help whenever I can, and if you ever get stuck with something, just lemme know and I'll do my best to help, either with a comment, sketch, or full on tutorial :D
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