How to Make Hair Bows (4 Easy Tutorials with Cute Designs)

Wanna learn how to make hair bows at home? In this article, we showed 4 ways to make ribbon hair bows with different design patterns. Let’s make your hair look luscious with one of these cute hair bows.

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Back in 2012, my friend and I randomly decided to start our own little business. The first thing that came into our minds was handmade jewelry pieces and accessories. We already had some satin ribbons so we thought of making ribbon hair bows. And that was the first time I (along with my friend) made hair bows. We made quite some profit from our small business and the ribbon hair bows were a hit! In today’s tutorial, I’m sharing the exact technique of the hair bows that I followed and still do. 

The pattern and design possibilities of ribbon hair bows are endless! You can make hair bows from ribbons of all sizes, patterns, types, and colors. All you need to do is learn the basic ribbon hair bow making technique and you’re good to go.

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Things You’ll Need to Make Hair Bows

Materials

  • Satin Lace – 2 inches wide, 1 inch wide
  • Thread

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Needle
  • Lighter
  • Scissors

hairbow making supplies

How to Make Hair Bows with Ribbon

Here you will find 4 hairbow design patterns. The first instruction is bigger than others as we explain everything in detail. The rest are brief since the main concept is more or less similar.

Hairbow Design 1: Basic Necktie Bow 

Step 1: Preparing the Base Pieces

We will need 2 pieces of 2 inches wide satin lace for the basic bow pattern. Measure and cut out 9 inches and 1-inch pieces from the selected satin lace. Use a lighter or candle to slightly burn the cut-edges of the satin pieces to secure the edge fibers.

Preparing the Base Pieces

Step 2: The Base Folding

Take the big piece of the prepared satin ribbon and make a loop with it. Simply, join the open edges and overlap a cm of both edges.

The Base Folding

Step 3: Stitching the Open Edges

Prepare needle and thread. Work a running stitch along the overlapped edges of the ribbon loop.

Step 3: Stitching the Open Edges

Step 4:

Keeping the stitched part in the middle, now flip the ribbon loop to the other side. Flatten the middle part and keep the piece even on all sides.

How to Make Hair Bows (4 Easy Tutorials with Cute Designs)

Step 5:

Create small and even accordion folds along the middle part of the ribbon loop. While creating the accordion folds, make sure to keep the open edges of the ribbon loop aligned.

step 5 of making hair bow

Step 6:

Stitch the accordion folded center with the attached needle and thread. Tie a tight knot when you’re done stitching the center.

step 5 of making necktie hair bow

Step 7:

Now, take the small satin ribbon piece. Fold the 1-inch side from both sides. This small folded piece will be the center of the ribbon bow that we’re making.

step 6 of making necktie hair bow

Step 8:

Nicely wrap the thin ribbon piece around the center of the bow pattern, this will cover the center stitches. Stitch the

step 7 of making necktie hair bow

Ribbon Hair Bow Design 2: Fancy Butterfly Hair Bow

Step 1:

For this hair bow pattern, you will need a 2 inches wide ribbon and a 1-inch wide ribbon. Measure and cut out 9 inches from the 2 inches wide ribbon and 11 inches long piece from the 1-inch wide ribbon. Also, cut out a 1-inch piece from either ribbon. Follow the basic folding and stitch the overlapped parts as we did before.

Fancy Butterfly Hair Bow

Step 2:

The accordion folding part in the center and attaching the center ribbon is the same for this pattern as well.

Fancy Butterfly Hair Bow

Ribbon hair Bow Design 3: Boutique Hair Bow

Step 1:

For this hair bow pattern, take a 1-inch wide ribbon. Measure and cut out two pieces of 9 inches long ribbon and a 1-inch piece. Stitch the 2 pieces along the middle separately.

Boutique Hair Bow

Step 2:

Create folds in the center of the stitched ribbons and then join them together in the center. Attach the center part as we did for the previous ones.

Boutique Hair Bow

Ribbon hair Bow Design 4: Double Layered Necktie Bow

Step 1:

For the 4th design, we’re using a 2 inches wide ribbon and a 1-inch wide ribbon. Measure and cut out 9 inches long piece from both ribbons and cut out a 1-inch piece from either of them. Place the 1-inch wide ribbon along the middle of the 2 inches wide ribbon and then form the ribbon loop. Stitch the overlapped parts by making sure that both ribbons are stitched nicely.

Boutique Hair Bow

Step 2:

The next steps are just as same as the basic ones.

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Tips for Beginners: Things to Remember When Making Ribbon Hair Bows

Here are some tips if you’re having difficulty making the ribbon hair bows. Please know that we’re showing how to make hair bows from satin ribbon in today’s tutorial, so we’ll share the tips as per our tutorial and supplies.

  • Measure and cut out a ribbon of double the size of the required bow length.
  • You can use satin bows of all widths to make hair bows from them. But 2 inches or more are best for a nice and classic bow pattern.
  • If you’re using a needle, use matching threads to stitch. We used white thread to make sure that the thread is visible on the tutorial.
  • Use a lighter or candle to burn the cut-edges of the ribbons before making the bows. This will secure the edge fibers of the ribbons.
  • Keep all the stitches on one side (which is the backside of the bow pattern). You can add a clip or hairband to the backside to cover the stitched parts.

You can also watch the hair bow-making tutorial on our youtube channel. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and turn on the notification bell to stay updated.

how to make hair bows with ribbons

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These ribbon hair bows can be sued to make all kinds of accessories. You can add them to a hair clip, headband, or hairband or you can add them to a dress or even decorate something. When a crafted piece can be used for many other craft projects, it makes this craft more fun.  We would love to see if you do re-create one of our ribbon hair bows and use them for a fun project; please do tag us on Facebook or Instagram (use #thecraftaholicwitch).

Happy Crafting!

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