A cute hair accessory goes a long way! My daughter loves wearing bows, or at least I pretend that she does. She recently started dance classes and no little ballerina is complete without a giant, adorable bow!
I decided to get crafty and make my own. It may have taken 10 minutes to complete this project and it cost practically nothing because I used items that I already had.
To get started, you will need a piece of fabric, a hot glue gun with glue sticks, scissors, ribbon (optional), and a hair tie or barrette.
Cut and Glue Your Fabric
I wanted this bow to be rather big, so I cut my fabric into a liberal 12 by 8 inch rectangle.
You really don't have to worry about cutting straight lines because we are going to tidy up the edges next!
Flip the fabric over (to the side that you don't want showing) and glue down the longer edges.
If you're feeling saucy, you can glue down the shorter edges, but it's not at all necessary because they won't be visible.
Folding the Bow
Next, you will find the center of your fabric and fold the shorter edges inward. Be sure to over lap the edges. Otherwise, they will peak out of the center once you finish your bow.
I just glued down the corners in order to hold everything in place during the final steps. Again, if you want to, you can glue down the entire edge. I'm lazy so I just do the corners.
Once your glue dries and you are mentally prepared, begin folding your bow.
It's extremely simple. Pick whatever side you want to start on and start folding the fabric in small portions. You can fold at an inch, a half inch, a quarter inch, etc. It's up to you; it's your bow.
Add a drop of glue in each fold to make your life easier. If you don't mind burning your fingers, add a big drop in every other fold and squeeze until it bleeds through.
Wrapping the Bow & Adding a Barrette
Finally, add your ribbon to tidy things up! Any size will do. I chose to use a dainty little thing.
Beginning on the back, glue down the end of your ribbon and wrap it around the bow. Add extra glue here and there to secure the ribbon.
Once you wrap your ribbon around once, glue down your barrette or hair tie and wrap the ribbon around once more. Trim your ribbon and secure the end.
If you want to use fabric instead of ribbon for the center, check out the tutorial in the link below!
- Diy Fabric Hair Bow
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a fabric hair bow!
The Final Product
Once your glue dries, you are good to bow!
I'm ashamed of that pun, but not ashamed enough to delete it.
Enjoy your creation!