I learned how to make hair bows this week! I hosted a bow making/baby shower party for my friend who is due to have a little girl soon. I decorated my basement with all my leftover party supplies (baby’s first birthday, other baby’s first birthday, a 3rd birthday, my wedding bouquet….) so we had an eclectic feel to our little baby shower! My parents came from Indiana to help out with my girls since my hubby was traveling for work all week. Mom and I had so much fun trying out new ideas and we came up with some cool stuff! And my daughter loved her new bows so much, she had to wear her two favorites simultaneously, even though they didn’t match! Tulle bows were the easiest, so I decided to share that tutorial today. Check out the photo collage below:
In retrospect, I shouldn’t have used deep, dark pink for my tutorial photos. It looks kind of gross at first glance. But, I was taking photos myself with one hand while baby napped. I didn’t have time for forethought!
Anyway, after you remove the tulle from your hand, pinch it in the middle with your fingertips. With a pre-threaded, pre-knotted needle, run your thread right up through the middle of all your tulle (watch your fingers!). Then wrap the thread around and around until it is secure. Knot it in the back (if you can tell a difference between the front and back!). After that, all you have to do is find a cute button or sequin and hot glue it to cover up the thread. You can also loosely knot a small piece of contrasting tulle or ribbon and wrap that around the middle, gluing in back. Then you grab an alligator clip and hot glue your bow to it.
For a little extra stability, cut two circles of felt to glue on your clip before adding the bow. Just squeeze the clip open, dab some hot glue on a circle of felt, stick it on the top/inside part of the clip and do the same with the second piece of felt, only this time, put it on the top/outside part of the clip. Just make sure you can’t see it from the front after you attach your bow.
These seriously take less than 5 minutes each! A spool of tulle is only $3.99 and I happened to hit a 1/2 off sale at Hobby Lobby this week- wohoo! A bag of alligator clips at Hobby Lobby was only $3.99 for 24 clips I believe (and I used a 40% off coupon). So for around $8, you can make tons of bows, compared to maybe 2 for that price, when buying pre made ones!
I’ll be sharing how we made other kinds of bows as well, so stay tuned for the next one!
Thanks for reading and let me know if you try!