How to Make a Pretty DIY Bow Sweater with Open Back

pretty sweater DIY with open back and satin bow tie DIY

Last week, or maybe it was the week before, and inspired by a pretty photo of the back of a sweater closed with a bow on Pinterest, I pulled out two sweaters from my closet that I never wear to makeover, transform and adorn, with pretty bows. The one you see here did indeed receive a bow, but the other one was simply left with a pretty open back and no bow, which I like just as well. And though this one didn’t turn out exactly like my inspiration photo, I think it’s just as whimsical, and I like it just the same.

What You’ll Need…

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* Sweater
* Ribbon… I used satin ribbon but grosgrain would be pretty as well and create a much stiffer bow
* Needle/Thread/Pins/Scissors

DISCLAIMER: As you can see above, this sweater already had a cut-out back, making this project very simple. HOWEVER you can create a cut-out simply by following this DIY OPEN BACK SWEATER TUTORIAL. You can also choose your shape as well. This sweater had a U shape already to it, the DIY Cut Out Back Sweater I did last week has a V. You can also choose to make it smaller like a keyhole.

I was excited to use these ribbons which I saved from Burberry gift wrapping 😉


DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* As stated above, this sweater already had a cut-out, so I simple had to remove the knitted strip across the back. I did this with a seam ripper and carefully removed the threads without cutting into the knit.

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* Cut your ribbon to the desired length. Cut one end on an angle for a pretty finish and the other straight across. Carefully singe both ends with a lighter to prevent fraying.

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* Fold over your straight edge about an inch…

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* Pin it to the UNDER side of your sweater with the folded side hidden under and the right side of the ribbon {if there is one} on top.

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* Using matching thread {to your sweater}, carefully hem-stitch the ribbon around the edges to the knit sweater and across the top to secure it. Make sure you don’t pull your thread too tight and gather or pucker the knit. This large-knit sweater was easy to stitch on and hide the thread within.

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

* It should look something like this.

Voila… Voila!

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

sweater | boyfriend shorts Joe’s Jeans | sunglasses by Stella McCartney

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

DIY Sweater with a bow in the back

Have Fun!

* Find all my DIYS here
* Find my Floral Nail Art Tutorial here.

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • thankfifi

    August 19, 2013 |

    gorgeous diy!


  • Mana

    August 19, 2013 |

    Love this DIY, I got a sweater that closes with a bow last year for my birthday from Loft and I adore it. Now I can combine your two DIY’s and make more!

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Anonymous

    August 19, 2013 |

    Beautiful DIY………I might first try it using a black T-shirt, long sleeves. Black ribbon. Easier for me to practice cutting, etc.

  • Anonymous

    August 19, 2013 |

    Hey, I am sitting here, now looking at a black gauze tunic vest with a low cut V in front. It’s hanging on a hanger to dry after wash/spin cycle. What I’m going to do is turn the front ( low V neck) into the back with the attached DIY ribbon! From tunic vest to tunic top! It’s a “miracle”, as it came out of the washer this morning, and I’m now reading your DIY post. Thanks!

  • Budget Splurge Beauty

    August 19, 2013 |

    This is so cute! I wish I was talented enough to make one

  • Jennifer

    August 19, 2013 |
  • opportunityknits

    August 20, 2013 |

    Simple , but so pretty!

  • Victoria

    August 20, 2013 |

    Good idea.

  • luckystar

    August 20, 2013 |

    You are pretty and also this DIY was amazing 😀

  • A.Co

    August 20, 2013 |

    This looks beautiful!! Nice that the ribbon came from the gift wrap.

    The stitching pictures are helpful to see; I wouldn’t have thought to sew around the ribbon, just a line where it attaches so thanks. I’m going to try this!

    You should create a hashtag for Twitter & Instagram that we can use when we DIY something following your instructions! Like.. #lovemaegandiy or something?? 🙂 Then you’d see them all in one place!

  • Jacy

    December 3, 2013 |

    You are the best. Kisses from Brazil. Jeijei

  • Simona

    January 9, 2014 |

    You are so creative and so beautiful….kisses from Florence. Simona.

  • Emanuele

    May 2, 2014 |
  • alela sirah

    May 7, 2014 |
  • Sarah Kline

    August 1, 2015 |

    Oh gosh!! Girl I must say so creative you are. And this DIY amazing. I wish I was talented enough to make one.