When I first found out I was having a little girl, I immediately knew that there was going to be a lot of “pink” in our future. I kept seeing these gorgeous hair bows for sale, however none of them seemed to match my daughter’s wardrobe, so I set out to make my own. This tutorial is a super easy, no-sew technique to create boutique style hair bows in the comfort of your own home in about 15 minutes.
- Ribbon, 1 1/2 inch wide, 22 inches long
- Ribbon, 1/2 inch wide, 1 1/2 long
- Lighter or Fray Check to seal ribbon ends
- Large salon clip
- Thread or embroidery floss, any color
Step 1: Fold the long piece of ribbon in half.
Step 2: Using a lighter, heat seal the ends of the ribbon so that they don’t fray. To do you this, simply activate the flame and swipe over the ribbon ends quickly. As an alternative to heat sealing, you can also use a product called Fray Check to seal the ends. Please use caution with either of these methods around children.
Step 3: Using a pen or pencil, mark the center of your long ribbon. Don’t worry, this mark won’t show when you are finished.
Step 4: Holding the top portion of your ribbon, loop it around like you are creating an awareness ribbon and hold the end in the center.
Step 5: Do the same for the other side so that the ends meet in the center.
Step 6: Taking the top of the ribbon, fold both ends to the center, overlapping them, and hold with your fingers.
Step 7: Slide a large salon clip down the center to hold the bow. Adjust the bow loops so that they are even.
Step 8: Using your embroidery floss, wrap around the bow in the front and back and then slowly pull together to secure the bow. I looped around several times and tied knots to hold the bow because I was not a fan of getting out the sewing machine, or a needle and thread, just for this project. Cut the excess ends off the thread.
Step 9: Get out the smaller ribbon and run your glue down the back of it.
Step 10: Wrap the ribbon around the center of the bow as tight as you can and hold the end of the ribbon down for a while allowing the glue to dry. Congratulations, you just made a boutique style hair bow! Add it to a headband, or a clip, to accessorize your child’s hair.