Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hand Sewn Hair Bow Tutorial

Hey friends! Today I'm guest posting this hairbow tutorial over on My Yellow Sandbox.
Have you been to that blog yet? Abby is the girl behind it all... she's become well known for her gorgeous hair and really fun hair tutorials. You'll love all the gorgeousness you see over there! 
That's why I thought I'd share this how-to on making a hair bow.

*Update: If you make any hair bows from this tutorial, I would LOVE to see them! You can link them up on my page dedicated to your projects, using one of my tutorials.
click here... YOU!
At the bottom of this post is a little giveaway :) {now closed}

Here are the supplies you'll need:
--needle and thread (preferably upholstery thread)
--rubber thimble (optional)
--rulers (i use varying widths... 2 inches, 2.5 inches, 3 inches, etc. you can buy these plastic rulers at the craft store, or make your own by cutting cardboard and winding clear packing tape around it)
--glue gun
--candle and matches
--hardware (clips and carpet tape)


Step 1: Tape end of ribbon to your ruler.
Step 2: Wrap it around the ruler 3 times, and tape the edges to ruler. (You'll see 3 rows of ribbon on top and 2 rows of ribbon on the bottom).
Step 3: Find the center of the ruler, and start hand sewing through each ribbon. Point in the direction of the edge of the ruler. Double your thread, but you don't need to tie a knot at the end.
Step 4: After you've sewn through all 3 rows of ribbon, pull your thread, leave a bout 2 inches of a thread tail.
Step 5: Flip the ruler over, and sew up the back. There are only 2 rows of ribbon to get through. Make sure your needle is pointing in the direction away from the ruler's edge.
Step 6: Sewing is done. Leave a tail of thread about 2 inches.
Another view.
Step 7: Remove the tape.
Step 8: Slide the ribbon off the ruler.
Step 9: Grab both ends of the thread.
Step 10: Cinch the ribbon down.
Step 11: Cool huh?! Tie a double knot.
Step 12: Repeat process with accent ribbon if desired, in a smaller size.
Step 13: Place smaller bow on top and glue the bows together.
Step 14: Glue an embellishment to the center of your bow.
You could also tie a boutique knot (a simple loose knot) and glue it to the center of your bow.
 Step 15: Choose the type of clip that you'll be hotglueing to the back of the bow. You basically have 2 choices, a french barrette or an alligator clip. If you use an alligator clip, you'll want to glue a piece of carpet tape the the top side (not the side that is straight). Cut a small piece from a roll of carpet tape.
I bought this at Target for a few dollars, and I'm sure its more than enough to last a lifetime, plus share with my friends! This prevents the clip from slipping out of your daughter's hair.
The side where I glue the tape is the TOP. This picture makes it look like the bottom, whoops.
Step 16: Now glue the clip to the bow!
Step 17: For the finishing touch,you're going to melt the raw edges of the ribbon so they won't fray in the future. This is the key to making a professional looking bow. Note: I've found that most ribbon is made of synthetic fiber (polyester, for example), which melts very well. But once or twice, I had ribbon made from cotton, which totally burned and smoked, and doesn't melt. So, if its a natural fiber, don't attempt to melt it. Read the spool of ribbon to see it's content.
Done! I have 4 of these to give away. 
To enter...
1. Make sure you're following My Yellow Sandbox.
2. Then follow Family Ever After.
3. Then leave a comment here with your contact info. 
ps- Did you hear about my huge blog bash? Abby is giving away one of her Ultimate Hairstyle Ebooks. There are over 20 giveaways, and you can enter until Halloween. Click here!

Update: Joy Turner, you have won! I'll be contacting you!


  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I have granddaughters who I would love to win these for. If not, maybe we can follow the tute and make some ourselves.

  2. I am a new follower of your blog.

  3. what a great tutorial!!! something seemingly simple, I appreciate the step by step;)

  4. I really like this tutorial! What an adorable little clip!

    I follow you, by the way. :)

  5. I am a new follower of your blog, and I also follow My Yellow Sandbox! This is a perfect combo, because I love making hair accessories, & I love doing hair! I'm loving this!

  6. cute- i'm stopping by from tatertots & jello. i'd love for you to stop by and check out the awesome (over $100) giveaway we're having-

  7. I follow both blogs. These bows are adorable!

    hannahmoore2007 at hotmail dot com

  8. I am following both blogs via GFC
    (missreneer) I absolutely love this. Thanks for the incredible tutorial and giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  9. I loved the tutorial - unsure if I'll try it or not. My granddaughter hates having her hair messed with, but these are adorable ribbons!

  10. Cute bows! I follow both blogs!

  11. Love it! I've already made 4 using this tute. I also experimented with different objects and love using a CD case on the wider ribbons and a small flat jewerly box with some of the more narrow ribbons. I also did an extra wrap around on both sides for a fuller bow too.

  12. These are adorable, my girls would love them! I follow both blogs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I follow you and the yellow sandbox!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    hannah at nathanaeliversen dot com

  14. i found you through the sundae scoop and now follow both blogs! love the tutorial!


  15. Absolutely adorable and you made it look so simple. I found you through UCreate. Thanks for sharing. GrammyK

  16. I love these bows! I have subscribed and read a little and love your blog! Thanks so much for the tutorial! Just like My Yellow Sandbox you have such great and creative ideas!!! Thank! I would love the hair bows <3

  17. Great Tutorial!! I make Hair Accessories for little girls too, but the only bows I know how to make are korker so thanks!!

    Please feel free to link up to Make Yourself Monday!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  18. That drawer liner is working great on my daughter's hairclips! I'm going to be using that from now on! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Look at you linking up TWO awesome projects. What the heck? Share some of that talent with me, girl! :)

  20. Hey, I'm a Rach H too! :) Great tutorial...and those non-slip mats? Pure genius.

  21. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!! Do you think wrapping the clip in grosgrain/ribbed ribbon would have the same effect as the non-slip mats? Just curious...

  22. I know for sure the grosgrain ribbon doesn't have the same effect. At least not on my kid's hair. :)

  23. Great tutorial! You make it sound so easy and they turned out so great that I'd love to try it! I'm hosting a Fabulous Fall party over at Not So Simple Housewife and I'd love for you to link this up! We are celebrating Fall and giving me and everybody else some great inspiration. We are looking for crafts, decor, food, and more! I'd love for you to add this and any other fall posts you may have!

    Kaitlin-The Not So SImple Housewife

  24. what a great tutorial....just wish i had girls...darn...lols...I hope you will link up with me here:

  25. Cute! I've never made one like that (similar but not exactly the same way!) I liked the black and orange combo too...super adorable!!

    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows


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