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The hair bow is the ultimate accessory to any outfit. Just ask Heidi Sage, hers get tons of attention...of course, she wears the larger ones. :-) This is a tutorial on the basic hair bow, but I have broken it down to show how to make three different sizes.
This is great to know if you have a girl, because you know how expensive buying bows can be. This also allows you to make them custom for your existing outfits. It's also great for gift giving! If you watch for sales and buy the ribbon then, these start to become very CHEAP, very cute gifts!
We typically use grosgrain ribbon to make ours, but any type of ribbon will work.
Next, lay the ribbon next to yardstick and mark the ribbon with your marking pencil accordingly for the size of Bow you are making. (See the white marks on the ribbon.) Make sure if you're making the medium or small bow to start the ribbon at the proper measurement mark as noted above.
Cut about 6" of wire before you start folding the ribbon for you bow. (You'll want to have this handy and ready to go!)
This shows how you should hold your ribbon as you make each loop.
Place the first white marking on your ribbon between finger and thumb. Scrunch it, creating small folds across the ribbon. 3-4 folds should suffice.
Holding the marked spot on the ribbon, guide out the long side, make a loop and fold it back so that the next white marking is now with the previous one. You have made your first loop.
Pull end pieces to back of clip and trim to fit and then glue one side at a time.
Now you need to trim the two ends of the ribbon on the main part of the bow. I have marked the ribbon so you can see what needs to be trimmed off.
Cut off the ends.
Seal the edges with Fray Check. This keeps the ribbon from coming apart.
The method is the same for the medium and small bows, but make sure use the proper measurements and marking as noted for each of them.
**NOTE: For the medium and small bow I ironed my ribbon in half for the center piece.**
From the back side of the bow I glued the end of the folded ribbon. Then I glued on the hair clip. I wrapped the ribbon around the bow two times bringing the ribbon under the center bar of the hair clip. Trim the ribbon and glue loose end.
I try to use a cool melt glue gun because you get glue on your fingers.
Hair Bows in three different sizes.