Ribbon Hair Bow DIY

This is the second type of hair bow I mastered making last week for my friend’s baby shower/hair bow making party. (Using the word ‘mastered’ in the loosest sense, of course.) These were only slightly more difficult than the tulle bows I previously posted about. In fact, they’re still quite easy, especially if you already have a basic knowledge of hand sewing. But if not, no worries! I have complete faith in you!

For detailed instructions, keep reading! But first:

~What You’ll Need~

    • cute ribbon (Two 6 inch pieces for bow pictured)
    • needle and thread (knot it before you get your hands full!)
    • alligator clip
    • button or extra ribbon for middle
    • felt (optional)
    • hot glue gun



      1. Cut about 6 inches of ribbon (you can also do less, but don’t go much bigger or you’ll have a floppy, limp bow.).
      2. Fold raw edges in towards the middle.
      3. With a pre-threaded, pre-knotted needle and thread, make a running stitch to secure ends of ribbon. IMG_1484Go edge to edge, right down the middle. (For those who may not know, a running stitch is pictured-simply move your needle in and out until you get to the other end, then pull your thread through all at once. #timesaver!) Pull your thread tight, cinching up your ribbon into bow form, and hold that tension as you wind IMG_1481the thread around several times. You may need to unwind and try again a time or two until you get that perfect bow (unless I’m the only perfectionist around here?).
      4. Knot and snip your thread.
      5. Repeat with another 6 inch piece of ribbon if you want to make a double bow like my daughter is wearing. Sew or hot glue your two bows together at an angle.
      6. Hot glue a button or piece or ribbon (fold over and glue in back) to cover stitches in middle of bow.
      7. Glue onto alligator clip. If you want, stabilize it by gluing felt onto the top part IMG_1346of your clip first…Cut two pieces of felt (any shape, same size, not too big to be seen lurking behind your bow). Make sort of a felt sandwich by gluing the cut pieces on either side of the top part of your clip.



Once you master that basic first step of folding and sewing the ribbon to form your bow, you’re home free!

All the ribbon hair bow tutorials I saw on Pinterest described some kind of complicated process of folding and gluing to achieve a bow shape, but my mom and I were somewhat lost (and scared of burning our fingers) trying to figure it out. It looked super easy, but the glued bow did not look as nice. And honestly, sewing doesn’t take any more time than gluing does.

A spool of ribbon doesn’t cost much at all, especially when Hobby Lobby is running a half off sale, woo-hoo!! Along with a package of alligator clips, you can make dozens and dozens of bows for next to nothing. These would be cute, thoughtful additions to baby gifts, or even little girl’s birthday gifts. My daughter loved the Frozen character hair bow IMG_1355her grandma (my mom) made! She gave one to a couple of her friends as well. (Thanks, mom, for making them! I want you to know I gave you all the credit for doing so! Though it WAS my idea in the first place…).


(And yes, in the photo my daughter is wearing not one, but two, hair bows. Because a girl can never have too many accessories!)


Master this tutorial, because I have one more fun bow tip coming your way soon! Try it out and show me your creations!



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  1. It’s so easy with the step by step illustration. Candy is right, making these can be addicting especially if you have scrap ribbon pieces sitting around pretty in a shoe box of any kind. Pretty, pretty, pretty !! Glad I stopped over for a bit.

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