Easy Hair Bow Tutorial
Hello! I’m Lydia from Telafante here to share my easy hair bow tutorial. I never thought I’d be making hair bows, but somehow they’ve become one of my favorite sewing projects. Hair bows are so fun to sew because you don’t have to have a lot of fabric and they take less than 30 minutes from the time you start cutting out fabric to sticking the finished bow on that sweet babe’s head.
Baby Kate needed a holiday bow or two for the next few weeks, so I rummaged around and found some scraps of different fabrics that looked festive. You can never go wrong with red plaid or corduroy! Now quick, go find some scraps of your favorite fabrics and follow along with this easy hair bow tutorial to make a few pretties!
For a thinner bow (great for tiny babies): Cut strips of fabric that measure 1.5 inches wide by 11.5 inches long.
For a slightly thicker bow (a good size for babies and toddlers): Cut strips of fabric that measure 2 inches wide by 12 inches long.
Step 1: Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and press. At each short end, mark the curves for the ends of your bow.
Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance along your curve markings and continue with a straight line of stitching along the long edge of your fabric. Make sure to leave a one inch opening to turn the bow inside out. Note: You probably won’t need to mark your curves at the ends every time, but it makes it easier to know where to sew the first time. After that, you can eyeball it, if you wish.
Step 2: Clip the edges next to your curves to make the points at the curves look nicer. Turn your bow inside out, one side of the opening at a time, using a skinny stick like a short dowel, pencil or crochet hook. You’ll need a skinnier stick for the thinner bows.
Step 3: Press your fabric flat and sew the opening closed. You can do this two different ways: topstitch very close to the edge of the fabric with your sewing machine or sew it closed by hand.
Note: If you choose to topstitch your opening closed, you can make the bobbin side of your stitches look cleaner by winding your wheel and pulling up the bobbin thread before you place your fabric under your foot. This way, when you backstitch, you won’t have a mess of thread underneath. Awesome, right?
Step 4: Fold your bow around a headband. I love nylon headbands beacause they’re really soft, but I also really like using thin, delicate looking elastic lace. (You can find both on Amazon or in different shops on Etsy.)
Here’s how you fold it:
- Fold the ends of the bow towards the center.
- If you’re putting the bow on a headband, flip the headband so the ends are facing down and hang your headband in the center of your bow.
- Fold the bow in half with the headband hanging in the center.
- Cross the left side over and place it on top of right side to form an “x.”
- Tuck the folded edge of the left side under the right side and through to the other side.
- Pull the folded edge all the way though while you let go of the curved “tail” that you’re holding down with your left thumb.
- Pull both folded edges.
- You might have to adjust how far the ends of your bow stick out to make each side even, so just pull the ends and the folded edges until it looks the way you want.
- You can also attach a clip to the back of your bow, if you prefer. I like to change out between clip and headband, so I don’t sew my bow to the headband or glue it to the clip.
Now isn’t that just the cutest?
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Hi! Did you use regular cotton fabric?
Yes ma’am 🙂
Hi! Would this method work for making adult-size hair bows too? Thanks!
Absolutely! You’ll need to adjust the sizing on the longer end, is all. Good luck! We’d love to hear how they turn out 😉
What type of headband do you use?? Is it panty hose? And what size would you recommended..I’ve used them for headbands before but felt like it was a little thin.
She did use pantyhose. Have you tried cutting it thicker?
Baby Headbands to display their early fashion sense.They have become really popular with new moms and their little bundles of joy. Baby headbands are a nice way to express your little princess’s personality but they also promote the fact that she is a princess and NOT a prince.
If you attach them to an alligator clip is it better to glue them or just pass it through the bow knot ? I’m trying to figure out a way to secure them but that they don’t look messy with the glue.
Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial! Love them!
We’ve attached with hot glue and used a blow dryer to take away the wisps! Good luck 🙂
I made some of these for my bow shop and they were well loved! However i found it difficult to turn them right side out. do you have any tips for that?
Hi! These cute bows are from a fellow maker but within the post she suggests to “Turn your bow inside out, one side of the opening at a time, using a skinny stick like a short dowel, pencil or crochet hook. You’ll need a skinnier stick for the thinner bows.” Hope that helps 🙂
Pin a safety pin to right side of fabric on each end. It will then be enclosed when you stitch the fabric. It is very easy to push the pin to the opening and pull it out.
Love that tip! Thanks, Helen!
Does the fabric need to be washed before making these? I’m still new to the sewing world, can’t wait to make these, thanks!
Hi Hannah, I would say no since they won’t be washed (hair bows don’t usually get dirty.) Welcome to the fun world of sewing! The possibilities are endless 🙂
So stinking cute! I’ll have to be careful or my friend’s baby will have a new headband every day!
They’re so cute huh! My little girl has quite the collection 😀
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
These bows are so CUTE!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
These are so darn cute. Now I need a cute baby in my life to make some for 🙂
Haha I thought that too and then remembered that I have a 7-year old daughter, I’m going to put them on clips instead 🙂
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