How To Make Hairbow Clips For Girls: Step-By-Step Tutorial

If you have little girls, you know how EXPENSIVE those little ribbon hair bows in the boutiques are.  And if you're like me, you turn up your nose at the ridiculous price tags and decide to do it yourself!!!  Since I've been asked many times how to make them, I thought I'd provide and easy step-by-step tutorial...keep in mind that this is how I do it, and it may differ somewhat from those that you see in stores (but it WILL look like the photo above):

To start, you will need the following supplies:
1.  About 18" of 7/8" grosgrain ribbon
2.  About 12" of coordinating 3/8" ribbon
3.  Metal Single Prong Clip (aka Alligator Clip)
4.  Craft Wire (I used 32 gauge)
5.  Scissors
6.  Hot Glue Gun

To make the hair bow:
1.  Make a loop and hold it between your thumb and first finger:

2.  Wrap the ribbon back around to make a second loop of the same size and hold in place:

3.  Repeat the above step, placing the third loop to the side (diagonal) of the first loop:

4.  Make a fourth loop across (diagnoal) from the third loop and hold in place:
5.  Now using your thumb and first finger, pinch the center of the bow together:

6.  Now take a small length of craft wire and wrap it around the middle of the bow (where you are pinching it) and twist it like you are twisting a twist-tie on a bag of bread:
7.  Wrap the ends around the bow to hold the wire in place and make a nice tight pinch in the center of the bow:
8.  Set the bow aside.  Take the alligator clip and place a small drop of hot glue on the inside of the top part of the clip and glue down the end of the narrow ribbon.  Then add a thin line of glue along the length of the insde of the top part of the clip and glue the ribbon down:

9.  Place a thin line of hot glue along the opposite side of the clip, glue ribbon down and continue to place glue along the outide of the clip and gluing ribbon down, to completely cover the clip.  Trim excess ribbon off:

10.  Place a small drop of hot glue in the middle of the underside of the bow and glue bow to the center ofthe clip:

11.  Glue another small piece of narrow ribbon on the center of the bow to hide the wire.  When dry, wrap the ends around to the underside of the clip and glue ends in place.  Trim off excess ribbon:


12.  To finish, fluff bow and shape as desired.  That's it!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me:  Thanks for looking!

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