How to Make Hair Bows

Classic hair bow

Making your own hair bows is a great way to express your individuality and creative spirit. Hair bows are fun and easy to make, and they're a great project for kids and adults to do together. Whether you are creating bows for yourself or for someone else, these simple instructions will help.

How to Make a Classic Hair Bow

You can make this bow in any size and attach it to an elastic band, barrette, or headband. Each bow takes about ten minutes to make and only costs a few dollars in materials, but the results will look stunning.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Wide ribbon in a length that is two and a half times the desired width of your finished bow
  • Eight inches of narrow ribbon to match
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Desired hair accessory, such as a barrette
  • Hand sewing needle and thread

Directions

  1. Thread your needle and knot your thread.
  2. Lay the wide ribbon out on your work surface and form it into a simple loop. Overlap the two ends in the back.
  3. Pinch the ribbon in the middle and sew a stitch through the very center of the bow. Sew up and down a couple of times to secure it.
  4. Bring the thread up and over one edge of the bow, and then back up through the center. Pull the thread tight to gather one side of the bow's center. Repeat with the other side.
  5. Repeat a couple more times to create a secure bow, and then knot off your thread in the center.
  6. Wrap the narrower ribbon around the center of the bow to cover the stitches. Trim so that the ends hang down.
  7. Secure with a knot.
  8. Hot glue the bow to your desired hair accessory and let it dry.

How to Make a Loopy Hair Bow

Loopy bow

A loopy hair bow looks cute attached to a barrette or clip, and it's easy and fun to make. You can make these bows any size, although these instructions cover making one that is about three inches in diameter. Simply use more or less ribbon for a different size. You can also combine different colors of ribbon for a fun look. This bow takes about ten minutes to make.

Supplies You'll Need

  • One yard of narrow ribbon
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Desired hair accessory

Directions

  1. Trim the end of the ribbon at an angle to keep it from unraveling.
  2. Thread your needle and knot the thread.
  3. Fold the end of the ribbon so that it is overlapping itself by about an inch and a half. Take a couple of stitches to secure the loop.
  4. Form another loop, and secure it with a couple of stitches.
  5. Continue forming loops, and space them evenly to create a bow of the desired fullness.
  6. When you're ready to stop, wrap the ribbon around the center to cover your stitches and sew through only the bottom layer of that loop.
  7. Knot your thread and hot glue the bow to your hair accessory.

How to Make a Scrappy Fabric Hair Bow

Fabric bow

A fabric hair bow can be a fun, Bohemian choice, and it's easy to make. All you'll need are a few fabric scraps and supplies, and you'll have a pretty hair bow in about 15 minutes.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Fabric scraps in desired colors
  • Vintage button
  • Pinking shears
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hair accessory

What to Do

  1. Use the pinking shears to cut the fabric scraps into three rectangles of graduated size.
  2. Stack the three rectangles so that the largest is on the bottom and the smallest is on the top.
  3. Thread your needle and knot your thread.
  4. Take a few stitches in the center of the stack to secure the rectangles together.
  5. Wrap the thread over the top of the bow and come up through the bottom at the center. Pull the thread tight to gather the fabric. Repeat with the bottom of the bow. Sew several stitches to secure it.
  6. Sew the vintage button in the center to hide your stitches. Knot your thread.
  7. Hot glue the bow to your desired hair accessory.

Personalize Your Look

Making your own hair bows is easy and affordable, and it allows you to completely personalize your look. Choose ribbons and fabrics in your favorite colors or tones that will match specific outfits. Soon, you'll receive compliments on your hair accessories, as well as your handiwork.

How to Make Hair Bows