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Quick & Easy Bow Making with Ribbon Scraps

Quick & Easy Bow Making

This quick bow looks adorable as a hair clip, on a pony tail or piggy tails! Or if you’re interested in creating some extra luxurious package decorations, this is it…so keep all of those snips and scraps of ribbon and make your own unique Loopy Bow.


Let’s start with a list of supplies:

  • 6 Yards of any style 3/8″ ribbon (I’ve used 1 yard each of SIX designs)
  • Needle and Thread
  • Alligator Clip
  • Ruler or cutting mat with ruler grid
  • Fabric scissors

 Quick & Easy Bow Making

I’ve chosen six different styles of ribbon: grosgrain, sheer and solid polyester; mix and match as you please! Each style has been cut into 1 yard lengths and from there, each yard was cut into 4″ pieces. **Yields a total of 9 pieces per yard= 54 pieces**

 Quick & Easy Bow Making

Load needle with about a 24″ piece of doubled thread; knot the end of the thread several times…this is important so that the loops don’t slip off.

Fold each ribbon strip in half and then stitch with needle and thread through the bottom of the loop. Leave a ‘tail’ of thread that is about 3″ long; this will make tying off easier in the end.

 Quick & Easy Bow Making

Slip each folded piece of ribbon onto the length of thread; be sure to alternate the pieces so that you have a mixed pattern.

 Quick & Easy Bow Making

Once all of the pieces of ribbon have been added to the thread, tie the ends of the thread together into a tight knot. Make sure that all of the loops have been moved closely together so that there aren’t any gaps in the bow.

 Quick & Easy Bow Making

Cover an alligator clip with a small piece of coordinating ribbon and then glue to the bottom of the bow with a fabric glue or hot glue gun.

Fluff the bow by spreading out the pieces to the right and left of center. Use wider ribbons for a larger Loopy Bow…have fun with it!

By Shellye McDaniel



Other Supplies Used:

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric Glue
  • Alligator Clip
  • Scissors


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  1. Ilona van Soest

    What a cool idea! I am no good with needle and thread, but this looks doable even for me!

  2. TracyM #6773

    LOVE your ribbon combo and the BEAUTIFUL loopy hair clip, you make it look so easy too – THANK YOU Shellye!!!
    … I was just thinking, if I made one for one niece, all the rest would NEED one too and I would need a spool of each => time for some shopping 🙂

  3. Taunya Butler

    Great job Shellye – I cannot wait to try this – thanks for the great pics and how-to’s!!!!

    1. Shellye McDaniel

      You’re very welcome, Taunya! It’s really easy 😉


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