How To Make A Simple Easy Bow- Ribbon Hair Bows

If your little girl is obsessed with bows, then it would be a great idea if you learned how to make them at home. It’s really quite a simple process, and in the end, you will wonder why you have been spending money buying them.

Additionally, making your own bows is a great way to create something special for your baby. You get to choose the colors together, come up with different ideas, and even design your own branded bows. You may even be able to sell some of the bows you make and earn some extra money.

So, in this review, we will tell you everything you need to know about making your own hair bows. From what you need to buy to how to cut the ribbons and how to make them into cute little bows, you’ll find the information you need in this article.

How To Make A Simple Easy Bow- Ribbon Hair Bows

The Supplies You Need

Ribbon Or Fabric

The most popular material to use is ribbon, but you can also use fabric to make the bows. Additionally, you can also choose to use both. Then your baby can choose whatever bow suits her on a particular day. The best thing about ribbons though is that they come in very cute colors and this is why they are a favorite.

Hair Accessories

You will need to have some French clips, barrettes, alligator clips, snap clips, comb clips, fabric, butterfly clips, metal hairbands, etc. These will be used to attach the bows to the hair.


Look for some really strong, safe, and fast-drying glue. Instant glue is good, but you should be careful that it doesn’t come into contact with your hands, so, consider using some gloves for this. In addition, you could also use hot glue. Just make sure to keep the hot glue gun out of reach of your baby.

Sewing Needle And Some Thread

If you want to make more elaborate bows, or even bows comprised of multiple colors of ribbons, you will need a sewing need and some thread on hand.

How To Make Your Own Bow

Prepare The Materials Needed

Cut one piece of fabric around a half-inch in width, and ensure it is bigger than the clip you have. For the length, simply calculate at least an inch more than the metal clip’s width.

Next, prepare two ribbons that have the same color. One should be a quarter inch in measurements, and the other one should be one inch long, or as long as you need to tie the bow in the middle.

Also, prepare the metal hardware or clip, put on gloves to use the glue, and have the thread put in the needle.

Step 1

The first thing you should do is to fold the fabric on its long side. Do this at ¼ inches from the back and then press it in place.

Then, bring in the edges to the middle of the fabric and press there. Stitch the short sides so they close on both sides. Clip and then trim the seam allowance.

Turn this right side out and then, through the gap on the folded edges, clip the corners. Ensure that all the corners have been pushed out, and then use something pointy to push the pointed parts from inside, and be careful with this.

Use a slip stitch to close the opening. For small bows, if you don’t do this, when it is tied, there will be a visible gap.

How To Make A Simple Easy Bow- Ribbon Hair Bows
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Step 2

Attach the middle ribbon now. If you wish to attach it to the clips, tie the center ribbon along the metal bar of the clip. If you are going to be attaching a barrette to the bow, or the pin, then do it now. This is more convenient.

Finally in this step, glue the bow on the front of the hair clip and then wait for it to dry.

How To Make A Simple Easy Bow- Ribbon Hair Bows
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Step 3

If you are going to be using clips, you should try to make the bond much firmer than what you did for the first glue. Insert the ribbon at the center of your bow and then loop through the string of the clip.

Alternatively, you can bring the short edges right in the middle, then stitch them. The bow we have made is a big one that can attach to hair clips.


You can opt to use ribbons only, and mix the colors up to make for a very colorful bow for your little girl. Although, you should first ask her what she wants, as she may need a different bow for each of her dresses. Have fun!