Homemade Hair Bows

May 14, 2008

Expensive to buy - Easy to make! Hair Bows for little princesses!

My granddaughter, now three years old, is getting hair long enough to wear up and, I must admit, I dearly love to fix it when I babysit while Mommy works. I priced the nice big bows in stores and they are really expensive to buy. How much better it would be to make my own and get more for the money spent.


I purchased 1 1/2 yards each of two kinds of grosgrain ribbon. It has a nice stiffness and makes prettier bows than satin ribbon.

To begin, I cut two 8 inch strips for the bottom loops on a double bow. Bring the ends of the strip to the center to make two loops. If it is printed, make sure you fold it printed side up. With a needle and thread, begin sewing the ribbon in the center of the loops, from the underneath part of the ribbon (straight up!).

Once your thread is through the ribbon, secure the loops by catching the side of the loop and taking your needle back up through the middle pulling tightly so that it gathers the loop to make it thin in the center.

Then go to the opposite side of the loop and wrap your thread around "both sides" tightly and take the needle down through the middle. I suggest doing this at least 3-4 times to make your loops for the bow.

Remember, the tighter the thread is wrapped and sewn the prettier bow they will make. Make two of these. Once they are made, hold the sewn loop strips side by side in your hand, to make what looks like an "X" shape. Now join the two together by wrapping the thread around them both and sewing through the middle to secure them.

For the second row of loops, repeat the same process, but cut your loop strips you are going to make 6 inches long so that they will make smaller sized loops. Once these are made, lay them on top of the bottom part of the bow. Repeat the thread wrapping, securing all 4 together.

Once this is assembled, sew down through the layers to secure your bow. To finish, cut a strip long enough to wrap around the completed bow. It looks better if you fold it in half so it will be thinner before sewing to the back of the bow.

These hair bows can be hot-glued on a flat hair clip or sewn on a clip if glue is not available. Most department stores sell the two-pronged hair clips you squeeze.

I hope my directions are clear enough. This is a little difficult to explain. I was so excited about my new accomplishment that I couldn't wait to share the news!

By Sharon from Ravenna, KY

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November 10, 2010

I would like to make korker bows. I know you bake them, but how do they get their curl?

By nikki edge from Nashville, TN


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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

When my mom made bows she would take the ribbon and run the ribbon over one blade of a pair of scissors.
The ribbon would be at 90 degree to the scissors. She would do it with one hand while hold the spool of ribbon with the other hand. She would hold the ribbon against the scissors with her thumb and then pull the scissors along the length of then ribbon. And there were curls. Hope this helps.

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

You wrap them around a dowel rod the size you want the curl and secure them on the ends of the rod with wooden clip clothespins. Make sure them are completely cool before unwrapping them so they will hold their curl.

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September 10, 2007

How do you make hair bows, especially spider hair bows with curled ribbon legs? Thanks for your help.

Susan from Prospect Park, PA


September 13, 20070 found this helpful

You'll need to make a "korker" hair bow. After it's made, just hot glue some google eyes to the center.

Check out these sites for instructions for making korker hair bows: This site loads oddly (or maybe it's just my computer). LOL

Good Luck and Have Fun!

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By Brenda (Guest Post)
September 29, 20080 found this helpful

I just have made some for Halloween. I made Orange Korkers' then I took a small to medium Black PomPom glued moving eyes on it and used some black cord for the legs (8 of them) you will only need 4 pieces for the legs tie the legs together in the middle spread them out four on each side glue the pompom in the middle put a small amount of glue at the end of the legs and glue to one of the korkers try and make the legg a little curvy like a spider leg

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February 23, 2011

How can make handmade hair bows for my cheer team?

By Liz Evans from Norfolk, VA


February 25, 20110 found this helpful

There are some great you-tube videos with bow making demos and instructions.

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October 28, 2010

How do you make boutique hair bows?

By Tomeykia from Monroe, LA


October 28, 20100 found this helpful

Here's a link that shows how to make all kinds of hairbows and has pics with E-Z instructions:

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March 10, 2020

Gather some red felt, a heart shaped template, hair clip, and some embroidery floss and a needle to make this felt heart hair clip. It is quite easy to do and fun to wear. Add embellishments as desired.

Felt Heart Hair Clip - closeup of heart hairclip

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July 4, 2018

Combine lace and ribbon to make this pretty hair bow clip. This is a page about how to make a shaggy bow hair clip.

Shaggy Bow Hair Clip - embellishment added

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May 16, 2016

This is a page about making a fabric bow. Making a fabric bow is simple enough even for the beginning crafter.

Making a Fabric Bow

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April 27, 2016

This is a page about making a fleece hair bow. Easy to work with fleece fabric is a good choice for making a cute child's hair bow.

Making a Fleece Hair Bow

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December 4, 2015

If you like to crochet and to wear decorative hair bows for the holidays this is the craft for you. This is a page about making a crocheted holiday hair bow.

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October 28, 2010

I have been trying and trying to make a boutique hair bow. Any easy directions, that are free?

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February 23, 2011

What is your favorite type of hair bow to make for your little girl?

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How do I make a hair bow?

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