August 31, 2016
My daughter sent a video to me on Facebook showing How To Make Easy DIY Hair Bows For Little Girls. Sophia wanted some hair bows after she saw one I had made for Memphis.
Memphis was in the ‘baby contest’ at the local Boone County Fair and needed a hair bow to match her little sailor outfit. Having the name “Memphis Belle”, it only seemed appropriate for her to wear a patriotic sailor outfit, right? I looked for bows to match her outfit but found none. They were all too big or the wrong colors. So, I had to make one for her. (She enjoyed the animals more than the contest that day.)
Tiffany thought that it would be easier for Sophia to make one this way, which did not require hand-stitching like the ones I had been making. She’s right, but I am hoping Sophia finds a passion for sewing.
Have you seen the bows you can make with a fork? This technique is kind of the same principle. After making the bows for the girls, I was trying to figure out a way to make a jig for making hair bows. Well, someone had beaten me to it! What’s more, it uses common items that everyone probably already has!
Yep, there it is! You’ll need a piece of cardboard, 4 skewers, sharp scissors, a pencil, ruler, and ribbon. If you are making a barrette, you will also need a barrette or hair clip and a hot glue gun.
The cardboard piece I used is 3″ wide x 5-1/2″ for the smaller 3″ bow and
3″ wide x 7-1/2″ for the 3-1/2″ bow.
Slide 4 skewers into the openings of the cardboard and straight through to the other side.
Depending on the width of the ribbon you use and the width of the bow you want, mark intervals closer or farther apart.
You can use a clip or clothespin hanger to help hold the ribbon end.
First, clip the ribbon to the left side of the cardboard.
Weave the ribbon over the top of the first skewer on the left side, under the second, over the third, and under the last skewer.
Fold the ribbon back over the top of the last skewer, under the 3rd skewer, and over the 2nd.
Continue weaving under and over and back until you have something that looks like the example in the picture.
This bow will have 2 loops on each side.
The loose tails of the ribbon should face opposite sides.
Place a thinner piece of ribbon in the same color, or a coordinating, or contrasting color, behind the woven ribbons and between the two center skewers. (You could also fold the same kind of ribbon in on both sides to create a thinner version.)
The ribbon should be long enough to hang out above and below the woven ribbons.
Pull both ends down toward the cardboard, gathering the woven ribbons.
Pull up tight and tie an overhand knot with the ribbon.
Gently slide the bow up and off of the skewers.
To avoid frays, trim the ends at an angle or fold the ribbon in half lengthwise and cut an angle
to form a “V-shape” with sharp scissors. To make the “V-shape”, cut from the folded side, away from the bow, at a 45° angle toward the outer edge.
Trim the thinner ribbon in the back and attach the bow to a barrette or hair clip with hot glue, catching the cut ends in the glue.
There are so many different ways of making bows, but this method works very quickly and the end product looks really nice, too! Aren’t they cute?
Maybe this little tutorial on “How To Make Easy DIY Hair Bows For Little Girls” will inspire you to make some for the little girls in your life.