Learn how to make a small 3 layer hair bow for girls. A great bow to make two of because it looks adorable in pigtails!

Learn How to Make Small 3 Layer Hair Bows for Girls

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Learn how to make a small 3 layer hair bow for girls.  A great bow to make two of because it looks adorable in pigtails!

Three Layer Hair Bow for Girls

Materials:

  • Needle and Tread
  • 1 Fabric covered alligator clip
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Glue gun
  • 2 5-inch ribbon pieces of 3/8 inch ribbon
  • 1 4 ½-inch piece of 3/8 inch ribbon
  • 1 3-inch piece of 3/8 inch ribbon
  • 1 2-inch piece of 3/8 inch ribbon
Learn how to make a small 3 layer hair bow for girls. A great bow to make two of because it looks adorable in pigtails!

Instructions

Fold the 3 inch piece of ribbon in half, length wise and then again width wise and the cut the edge going from the middle of the fold to the end corner of the ribbon.  Your ends will look like the end of an arrow (see figure 1)

Use the lighter to heat the edges just enough to keep the ribbon from fraying.  We do not want the ribbon to catch fire! Just enough heat to melt the edges a little.

Fold the 5 inch and 4 inch pieces in half to make a crease line that you will use as your guide.  This will make your loops even.

Put a small drop of glue on each side of the crease and fold your ribbon end to the glue making a double loop ribbon.  Repeat for the other 5-inch and the 4 -inch ribbon.

Now, place the two bigger loop pieces together in an X and then place the third loop ribbon on top of those two length wise so that it is between the narrow part of your X.

Carefully fold the Bow in half length wise


Using the needle and thread, run the needle through the middle of the, make two passes. Then tie a knot.  This helps keep the pinch in the middle of the bow


Next using a hot glue gun place a strip of glue on the 3/8 inch ribbon and wrap it around the pinched part of the bow.

Now we attach or final layer.  Put a small line of glue on the pattern side of the 3-inch piece of ribbon.  Glue it to the bottom of the ribbon perpendicular with the top piece.  Make sure you are centered.

Time to attach the alligator clip.  Using the hot glue gun put a strip of glue on the top of the fabric covered alligator clip and attach to the center of the back of the bow. If you are not making your own fabric covered alligator clip, I like these clips on the right-------------->. https://amzn.to/2M3f6SU

Options

This style of bow has so many options as far as color combinations go.  You can use all different colors, all the same colors, and everywhere in between. 

WA Spike Bow

Create a Beautiful Easy Spike Bow in Just Minutes

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WA Spike Bow

Easy Spike Bow: Fast, Easy and perfect for beginner bow makers!

Like most of the bow makers out there I started making my own bows because it was getting very expensive to buy all the bows I loved so much.  I started with staple colors and have added accent ribbon to my collection as I come across sales, discount, and clearance ribbon.  Now I can make unique custom bows for any occasion.  

I began my bow making with easy bows, like this spike bow, and got more complex as time went on.  I recommend this route so you do not get frustrated and quit before you start.

Materials:

Materials:

  • Needle and Tread
  • 1 Fabric covered alligator clip
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Glue gun
  • 7 4inch ribbon pieces (7/8-1 inch work best)
  •             *I used 3 pieces of my main print, 2 each of my accent colors)
  • 1 2 inch piece of 3/8 inch ribbon

Instructions:

1. Using and alligator clip for an edge marker, cut all 7 pieces on both ends to make the ends look like the end of an arrow (see photo)

2. Use the lighter to heat the edges just enough to keep the ribbon from fraying.  We do not want the ribbon to catch fire! Just enough heat to melt the edges a little.

3. Pinch the first piece of ribbon in half directly in the center of the ribbon

4. Using the needle and thread, run the needle through the middle of your first piece of ribbon, BUT only until the needle is halfway through (see photo for reference).

5. Repeat step 3 & 4 with each remaining piece of ribbon.

6. When all pieces are on the needle thread the needle through two times and then wrap the remaining thread around until there is just enough to tie a knot.

7. Next using a hot glue gun place a strip of glue on the 3/8 inch ribbon and wrap it over the thread. 

8. Time to attach the alligator clip.  Using the hot glue gun put a strip of glue on the top of the fabric covered alligator clip and attach to the center of the back of the bow. If you are not making your own fabric covered alligator clip I like these clips available on amazon (I like these below):

Option

This easy spike bow has so many options as far as color combintions go.  You can use all different colors, all the same colors, and everywhere in between. 

Holiday Loop Bow

Learn How to Make an Easy Holiday Loop Bow

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Holiday Loop Bow

DIY Holiday Loop Bow: Easy, pretty, and perfect for your little girl!

Holiday season is here!  I have two little girls and I love having a bow for every outfit and occasion.  I realized very quickly that finding bows the exact colors or patterns I wanted was impossible, so I began making them myself.  Now I can mix and match to make the perfect bow for any occasion.  The Loop Bow is one of my favorites because it looks fancy, but it is a fairly easy bow to make.

Materials:

Holiday bow materials

Materials

  • Needle and Tread
  • 1 Alligator clip
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Glue gun
  • 5 8-inch ribbon pieces
  • 4 7-inch ribbon pieces
  • 3 6-inch ribbon pieces
  • 1 gem
Holiday Loop Bow Pinterest

Instructions

1. Starting with the 7-inch ribbon pieces by stacking them on top of each other and folding them in half (Note: if the ribbon only has pattern on one side make sure the side you want to see is on the inside of the fold).

2. Use the lighter to heat the edges just enough to keep the ribbon from fraying.  We do not want the ribbon to catch fire! Just enough heat to melt the edges a little.

3. Using the needle and thread, run the needle through the middle of your fold BUT only until the needle is halfway through (see photo for reference).

4. Spread your ribbon pieces apart so they are equal distance from each other.  It should look like an asterisk.

5. Piece by piece fold over the ribbon and run the edge through the needle to make your loops.

6. Once you have all loops attached you need to run serval passes through the center of your bow and then, when it feels like all loops are secure, tie a knot. (Tip: if the needle is har to push through you can use a hard surface to push the needle, but, be gentle or you will break your needle).

7. Repeat steps 1-6 for each layer.

8. Once all your layers are complete it is time to put it all together (this is where you need the hot glue gun).  Put a large drop of glue in the center of your first layer and then place the second layer on top. Press and hold the layers together until the glue has cooled (this only takes about 15 seconds).  Repeat this for each layer ending with a gem (or whatever you chose for your centrepiece) in the middle of the top layer.

9. Finally, Add a strip of glue to the alligator clip (I like these: https://amzn.to/2RhpgVn and attach it to the center of the bottom of the bow.

Bow Options

This style of bow has so many options to make it a perfect bow for whatever the occasion.

You can make them as large or small as you like by the length of the ribbons.  You can make as many layers as you want. 

I don’t recommend going over 9 inches for the first layer as the bow gets too big.  On the flip side 5 inches would be the smallest I would go.