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How to Make a Hair Bow

How to Make a Hair Bow

Hi everyone!  Chrissy here with a “back to the roots” kind of tutorial.  Since May Arts is a ribbon company, how about we learn how to make hair bows.  I came across a fantastic tutorial and decided that it would be fabulous to share it with all of you.  It is a very simple and easy way to make boutique style bows.  Trust me.  With as “bow challenged” as I am, if *I* can make these, anyone can.  Are you ready?  You’ll need:

  • 31 inches of your favorite ribbon.  ( I used May Arts’ 1.5″ wide black and ivory grosgrain, RG10)
  • 5 inches of the same ribbon (optional)


Step 1:

Mark your ribbon at 3.5″ from the end using a marker.  It is easier if you use a marker that bleeds through to the other side.  There is no need to worry about seeing the marks as these are only your stitch lines, which you will see later.

How to Make a Hair Bow


Step 2:

Begin marking your ribbon every 6 inches.  You will end up with a total of 5 markings on your ribbon.

How to Make a Hair Bow


Step 3:

Begin stitching using a running stitch.  Start with your first marking you made and stitch from the bottom up.

How to Make a Hair Bow


Step 4:

Flip the ribbon over so that the other end is going the other way and continue stitching.  You should be looking at the backside of your ribbon.  I used a ribbon that has matching front and back so it is hard to tell.

Bow Tutorial (4)


Step 5:

Continue stitching back and forth until you have stitched together all of your marked lines.

How to Make a Hair Bow

Step 6:

Gently pull the thread and bunch the ribbon down at the knot.  Shape your bow the best you can.  See?  You can’t see any of the markings you’ve made.

How to Make a Hair Bow

Step 7:

Next, wrap the thread around the gathering and take a few stitches to hold the bow in place.

How to Make a Hair Bow

How to Make a Hair Bow

Step 8:

Glue the bow to the barrette clasp.

How to Make a Hair Bow

Step 9:

Take the 5″ length of ribbon and fold it into thirds lengthwise.

How to Make a Hair Bow

If you have decided to use an embellishment, now is the time to glue it onto your bow and call it finished.


Step 10:

Tie a loose knot at the center of the ribbon then glue it to the bow.

How to Make a Hair Bow

How to Make a Hair Bow


Step 11:

Secure the ends onto the underside of the barrette using hot glue and trim the tails.  Finally, sit back and admire!  Ooooh!  Aaaaah!

How to Make a Hair Bow

How to Make a Hair Bow

See?!  I told you they would be easy as pie.



Blog post by: Christina Colón

May Arts Ribbon Used:

May Arts Grosgrain Ivory Striped Ribbon

May Arts Denim Ribbon

May Arts Chevron Striped Twill

May Arts Chevron Striped Twill

Other Supplies Used:

  • Scissors
  • Decorative embellishment (optional)
  • Large clasp barrette
  • Marker
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun











  1. Sherrill Cambpell

    Sewing was my first passion until I became a scrapper/crafter.  Thanks for the great tutorial.

  2. Charlene

    Now that DOES look easy!  Will have to try it for sure!

  3. Toni Storie

    Nice!  I can't wait to give this a try!

  4. Sue D

    Very pretty–thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Virginia Fynes

    great tutorial!

  6. by belle

    Great bows Chrissy!


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