May 8, 2013

Tutorial: Easy Fabric Bows

My daughter's hair is just getting long enough now that her little bangs hang in her eyes.  I wanted some little clips to hold them off to the side and out of her face.  I made up a bunch of little fabric bows and attached them to alligator clips, they work like a charm and look cute too!

These bows only need a tiny strip of fabric and a little piece of ribbon, I was able to use a bunch of stuff from my stash.  The clips come in a box of 100 for just over $6 (I got mine at Sally's).  So not only are these bows adorable, but they are cheap too, score!

I made a whole army of them :)

To make a bow, start with a rectangle of fabric 3" x 7"

Then fold it in half and sew the long end with 1/4" seam allowance. (you don't need to use coordinating thread because none of the stitching will be visible)

Turn it right side out and press the seam in the middle.

Fold the ends into the center and overlap them just a bit.  Sew them in place.

Scrunch up the middle of the bow and wrap the middle with ribbon, I used 3/8" for all my bows.

Secure the ribbon at the back with glue, I like E600. Use a clothes pin to keep everything in place while the glue dries.

Don't have any coordinating ribbon?  Try yarn instead!

Once the glue is dry, attach your clip to the back.  I used the same ribbon to cover my clips before I attached them.

Once the glue dries on the clip your bow is ready to wear!  
You can just use it as a hair clip or clip it to a headband.

The finished bow measures about 1" wide and 3" long.  You can vary the size by using different size rectangles.  I made the bigger one in the photo below by using a 9"x4" rectangle. I used the bigger size for the bow I made Emily to match her t-shirt dress.

Try it out, they are fun!


  1. Those are cute! I love making little Hairbows with my scraps. I'm visiting from Diana Rambles!

    1. Thanks! Bows are such a fun way to use up scraps.

  2. Your hair bows are so pretty, I am slightly addicted to making them at the moment as well!!

    Visiting from Diana Rambles!


  3. Hi there!

    These are really cute and look easy to make.

    Bismah @

  4. I checked with Sally and can not find the clips 100 for $6. I would like to know what to ask for. How can I find these?

    1. Metal double prong curl clips. They're $7.99 for 100

  5. I googled "alligator clips lot" in the search box, and found a variety of clips. I hope that helps you.

  6. I love the idea but im having a heck of a time turning it right side out. Any tips?

    1. I give them to the girls to turn the right way round :)

  7. I've spent several hours now trying to figure out how to get the tiny little ribbon piece around the bow and how to hold it with a spot of glue and then the clothespin. Any tips would be appreciated. I haven't been able to figure it out.

  8. I added a little spot first at the back to attach the ribbon. When the glue was set I wrapped ribbon around and added another spot of glue. I used washing peg to hold it together and attached the alligator clip at the end. I hope it helps

  9. At an expo, everybody is competing for the consideration of the general population at the occasion. These are markets where everybody inside a specific industry will come with the end goal to flaunt their items and administrations and to attempt and get consideration from clients and customers so they can prevail upon them, Click Here

  10. InstantPcApps
    It's a hub for free mac, pc, android and ios software. You can get any kind of game, software and mobile application free of cost.

  11. that is awsome! i just did that and it is a great way to use up my huge garbage bag of scraps. thanks so much!

  12. These would make really cute bow ties for dogs, too! You’d just need to attach a loop to the back to slide the collar through.

  13. Woo It's Cool.

  14. If you are new user to sage 50 accounting software and looking for the sage 50 technical support.If yes than you have come to right place as we provide efficient technical support service to customers who show complete faith in us. With our efficient and highly qualified team ,we never disappoint our customers.You can reach us at 1800-910-4754 at any hour of the day. You can also visit our website at for the complete knowledge of the sage products and services.

    The Services we offered are following-
    Sage 50 Technical Support Number
    Sage 100 Technical Support Number
    Sage 50 live chat
    Sage 50 Technical Support phone Number
    Sage 50 support phone number

    Sage 50 customer service number
    Sage 50 payroll support number

  15. thank you so much for the tutorial easy fabric bowls its do fun and easy to do it.

  16. A stag party is not a cultural event. Fact! However it doesn't mean you can not try to slip in some cultural entertainment like sight-seeing. budapest luxury Apartment for sale

  17. I'm impressed, I must say. Actually rarely can i encounter a blog that's both educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you could have hit the nail about the head. Your idea is outstanding; the thing is something that too few individuals are speaking intelligently about. We are delighted that we came across this around my try to find some thing with this.토토사이트

  18. I am very happy to discover your post as it will become on top in my collection of favorite blogs to visit.


  19. Thanks in support of sharing such a nice thinking, article is pleasant, thats why I have read it entirely


  20. So it is interesting and very good written and see what they think about other people. Very good topic, similar texts are I do not know if they are as good as your work out.




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
I love reading all of your comments! Please make sure your blogger profile is linked to your email, so I can respond to your questions via email, otherwise I won't be able to email you back!

Please feel free to email me(

Thank you so much for reading! I If you like what you have seen here make sure become a follower of my blog so you can catch all my updates!!