How To Make a Boutique Hair Bow

A boutique hair bow completes the girly look of your little girl. Whether attached to a barrette or a headband, a bow brings out the girly appeal of your daughter, especially if it is worn with a matching cute dress. The intricate finish of a bow seems to say it is hard to make, but you will be surprised at the simplicity of the procedure. To prove, here’s a step-by-step guideline.

  • Decide on the size of the ribbon. Your desired bow size will determine the length and width of the ribbon. For example, a bow that measures four inches will need a ribbon that is 20 inches in length and 1.5 inches in width. If you want a smaller or larger bow, adjust the size of the ribbon.
  • Prepare your supplies. The ribbon will be the primary material for this bow project. The ribbon type is a matter of personal preference, but you’ll do well with a grosgrain ribbon. Color is also your personal choice, although it is best to match the ribbon color with the most dominant color of your little girl’s clothes so that she can wear it with any ensemble. Aside from the ribbon, you need to prepare a length of thread, 3/8 inch matching ribbon, and oversized hair clip.
  • Mark the ribbon. We’ll start the procedure by marking the center of your ribbon. Fold it in half and mark the center point with a pencil. Don’t worry about the pencil mark; it won’t show in the finished product.
  • Make the loops. We need to make two loops for the bow. To make the first loop, simply hold one end of the ribbon and place it over the pencil mark, making sure that the outer side of the ribbon is the one touching the pencil mark. Now, get the other end of the ribbon. Place its outer side over the end of the first loop. The tails of the first and second loops should be overlapping. You should have now formed a figure 8 with your ribbon.
  • Complete the bow. Hold the tip of the first loop and pull it over the middle. Make sure to hold the ribbon tightly. Then, get the tip of the second loop and bring it also to the middle.
  • Clip the bow. This will secure the bow’s middle part and hold it intact. Do this by slipping the oversized hair clip over the bow.
  • Secure the bow with a thread. With the hair clip in place, insert a length of thread into the opening of the hair clip and pass it over and under the bow at least twice. Pull the ends of the thread tight to make the bow creases. Knot the ends together.
  • Add the finishing touch. Get the 3/8” matching ribbon and wrap it over the center of your bow, hiding the thread. Knot it at the back part of the bow. If you prefer, you can also glue the matching ribbon to keep it in place.

Now that the bow is ready, you can glue it to the barrette or headband. Just make sure that the bow is secure in its place so that when the child pulls the barrette or headband off her head, the bow won’t get undone.


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