Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hairbow Tutorial

I am not the most articulate person on the planet, therefore I do not often do tutorials. But,...several people have told me they would like to know how I make my bows. This type is my favorite. I call it the double decker.

I like two use three semi-coordinating ribbons in different widths.

I take the widest and wrap it around my fingers until I have two complete loops. This ribbon will determine how large you want your bow.

I have no idea what this stuff is called (helpful huh?), but you can find it in the ribbon section of any craft store. It is an inexpensive twine that is some what wiry, but still very flexible.
I wrap it around twice and tie it off. Then spread the ribbon for a desired effect.
Then I use my next choice of ribbon and follow the same steps making the bow noticeably smaller. I plop it on top and tie it off. (Husbands, roommates, and little sisters can be a helpful set of hands if you are lacking in coordination. :))

I flip it over and tie the whole thing securely in the back before trimming off the excess twine.

Sometimes I top it of with a button or a fabric flower, but when I choose to top it off with ribbon I cut a small-ish length and tie it into a loose knot for a decorative finish.
I put a small dot of hot glue in the front of the bow to hold the knot in place.


Use your favorite kind of clip, (I prefer this kind because they slip easily on top of other bows and hold well in fine toddler hair), and hot glue it to the back of the bow. I try to hold it open so that the clip doesn't glue shut. This can be awkward to hold,...so sometimes I just slip something between the prongs.

Once it is really well secured I wrap the top ribbon the rest of the way around and hot glue it between the prongs. This also secures the clip on better.

Trim off the extra and..............Voila.......................Cute hair bow. Nowadays when I give a baby present I top it off with one of these instead of curly ribbon. (For girls of course. ;))

13 comments:

Jenny said...

Where were you a few years ago when I was paying a lot of money for bows??!! My twins turn 6 in 11 days and think bows are for babies! :( How sad!!

Wendy said...

I thought you did a great job on this tutorial...not articulate? Whatever. :-) Too bad my princess won't wear bows anymore. I would have made dozens. sigh.

Laurel MacD said...

Thanks for taking time to post it - I love putting bows in my baby's hair.

Protege said...

Oh my goodness Holly, this soooo cute! My niece would love this bow! She is girly-girl and she loves anything pink, including pretty bows and shoes.;))

Rambling Girl said...

Gosh these do look simple to make...thanks for sharing I can't wait to try this.

Paul and Kari McMullin said...

Thanks for this.

Darlene said...

Great tutorial. I learned how to make bows about the time Lexi got too old to wear them. Always a day late and a dollar short cause I spent a fortune for hair bows!

Ms. Tee said...

What sweet bows :) And that beautiful red hair!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi there,
I was just over at your sister's Site today checking out her wonderful button wreath tutorial. You girls are masters at tutorials. Thanks so much for this one today!
Also, I had to let you know how inspiring your husbands tile masks were AND... how much I LOVE your vintage hat. You two make quite the pair! Creativity spilling out everywhere. : )

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hey Hey Hey little sis! I have an award for you over at my blog. (You better get posting!) hee hee.

Sandy Toes said...

What a great tutorial..thank you! I love bows.. your little girl's hair reminds me of my daughter's at that age..so sweet! Oh..enjoy her..she will grow up fast!
-sandy toe

Katie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial!! My little girl is 6 months old and her hair can't quite hold a bow yet, but I have been stockpiling ribbon since before she was born :)

I am curious, though, where did you get your clip?

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