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How to Make Hair Bows Out of Ribbon

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Love hair bows but not the price? Follow this easy DIY  tutorial and learn how to make hair bows out of ribbon in any color pattern you love!

Stop spending money buying hair bows and make them instead! This easy craft tutorial is perfect for making hair bows for every outfit!


Like most mothers of daughters, we have gone through many hair bows over the years. Mostly my daughter wears the hair bow for about 10 minutes and then it ends up at the bottom of my purse or her school bag.

Yet I find myself continuing to buy hair bows at every farmers market we go to in hopes that one day she’ll actually wear one.

I decided it was probably time to learn how to make hair bows out of ribbon.  I’ve always got bits and pieces – or entire spools – of ribbon around the house. I seem to be really good at buying ribbon but not so great at using it up.

Instead of buying hair bows, I can now make them. I’m really excited to make a few hair bows this fall that match our school uniforms.

Supplies to Make Hair Bows:

1″ Ribbon, 3 different prints
Measuring tape
Alligator clip
Threaded needle
Hot glue gun/glue


Hair Bow Ribbons
Begin by cutting the ribbon.  Cut the first color of ribbon into three, 3.5″ pieces. Then cut the second color ribbon into five, 3.5″ pieces. The pink polka dot was our second ribbon. Finally, cut the third ribbon into three, 3.5″ pieces.

You can add the decorative little point in like pictured, cut the ribbon straight across or even pointed out.

Hair Bow Tutorial
To make the bow, start layering the ribbons in a criss-cross type pattern on the table. Once you have a few layers, use the threaded needle to sew in the center of all ribbons to hold them together.

Make your own hair bows
When all the ribbons are laid out like you want, use the threaded needle to sew in and out the middle of the ribbon pile twice. Then, wrap the thread around center about 4 times and tie off tightly.

Cut a piece of ribbon of any color around 5″ long. Tie it around the thread in the middle of the bow to hide it. Knot the ribbon in the center.

Now put a dot of hot glue on the underside of knot and stick it in the middle of your bow

Take each side of your knotted strand and wrap tightly in back and hot glue down

How to Make Hair Bows
Hot glue the alligator clip on the back of bow. This works best with ribbon lined alligator clips.

Enjoy your beautiful bow!

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  • Harriet
    February 7, 2020

    Love your bow….in the process of making one (first time to make hair bow) you the the knot on the front side of now and then take ribbon to bsck…??I don’t understand “ribbon lined alligator clips”….can you but ribbon longer to make bigger bow? Do you have to use all fridges in ribbon??

  • Angie
    July 19, 2019

    What is the lighter for?

    • Camille
      July 20, 2019

      Just to lightly burn the ends of the ribbon to keep it from raveling.

    • Shelly Lemons
      December 26, 2019

      The lighter is for burning the ends of the ribbon so it doesn’t fray.

  • Sue
    January 15, 2019

    I love this tutorial, thank you for posting. Did you use wired ribbon for this?

  • Cheryl
    August 6, 2018

    Love this easy quick and cute here in the south every little girl loves a hair bow and my granddaughter loves this one

    • Camille
      August 8, 2018

      I bet! I love how versatile they are to make with any color and patterns.

  • Tiffany
    August 25, 2017

    This is super cute. Question. Why do you need 5 of the polka dot ribbon instead of just 4? I see that you need 1 to tie around all the stacks, but I don’t understand where the 5th one goes. Thanks in advance for your help. I’m new to bows, but a little obsessed right now. =)

    • Shelene Armacost
      May 19, 2018

      Did you ever find out what to do with the two extra pieces of ribbon

      • Camille
        May 24, 2018

        They are used to tie the middle of the ribbon.

  • nonlag ma
    June 27, 2017

    You have brought up a very good details , thankyou for the post.

  • Debbie
    October 21, 2016

    Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for something like this for a while. I too am a ribbon I have a 3 year old great granddaughter, sometimes she will leave them in some times not. If she takes them home i never see them again. So I think it would be much cheaper to make.

  • guyard
    April 6, 2016

    really great ! thanks !
    audrey from paris ( france)

  • Theresa
    July 21, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

  • Lou Lou Girls
    July 20, 2015

    I’m loving this! Pinned and tweeted! I always love your creations, thanks for sharing this with us at our party! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, we love seeing what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  • Beverly
    July 14, 2015

    How pretty and what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday.