Patriotic Sparkler Bow!

Who wants to see how I made this fabulous 4th of July themed boutique bow?  Isn’t this just so festive?  I love patriotic and red/white/blue items, especially on little girls.

Patriotic Hairbow

I actually have some cousins with daughters (lucky ladies!) who are going to be entering a local children’s parade. They are planning on a patriotic theme for their group, so they had asked me if I could teach them how to make some cute patriotic themed bows.

So, this is for them–and of course–for you!

You will Need:

1 Boutique Bow–tutorial at this link

1 Stacker Bow–tutorial at this link

1 8CM Lined French Clip–tutorial at this link

A Few Pieces of Star Wire Garland

A Rhinestone or Center Embellishment (optional)

A Scrap Piece (maybe 6″8″ long) of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

About 12″ of String

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by hot gluing your stacker bow to your boutique bow–center to center.

Lay your pieces of wire garland in a straight horizontal line center to your bow. Use the string to tie them to your bow nice and tight.

Now your thinking, “that is not cute” lol. That’s what this next step will take care of.

Pull your wire garland and fan it out on each side of the center string. Trim it up if you’ve made your pieces too long for your liking.

Now hot glue that scrap piece of coordinating 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon to the center of your bow like so. This piece will hide that ugly string you used in the last step.

Now flip your bow over to the backside. Take the center bar out of your lined french clip and hot glue it to the center of the back of your bow.

Wrap your 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon up and hot glue it to the french clip. Then trim the end off and run a lighter over it to heat seal it from unraveling. Do this to both ends of the ribbon.

Put the center bar back into your clip.

This is actually very cute without any center embellishments. So, you could just leave it this way.

4th of July Hairbow

Or, you can be like me, and just have to add a little more bling.

So, I hot glued the rhinestone to the center of my bow.

Voila! Done–isn’t it just adorable?

Red/White/Blue Hairbow

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How to Make a Stacked Bow

This tutorial is going to make use of all those other bow tutorials I’ve been teaching you with the last couple of weeks! We’re going to put all of those pieces together to make this nice big stacked bow!

Of course, if you don’t like it this big, you can leave any part of it out that you like. I just like a nice big bow.

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You will need:

**Note** For a complete list of items needed to make the pieces of this stacked bow, click on the highlighted links on the piece name. That will take you to an older post of how to make the piece you are clicking on.

1 Boutique Bow (minus the finishing ribbon and clip)

1 Loopy Surrounder Bow

1 Layered Spike Bow (minus the finishing ribbon and clip)

1 Topper Bow (minus the finishing ribbon)

Lined French Clip (or you can leave it unlined, whatever you prefer)

1 Scrap Piece of Coordinating Ribbon

Scissors

Lighter (not shown)

Glue Gun and Sticks (not shown)

Directions:

Start by putting a good dab of hot glue on the back of your loopy surrounder bow.

Now glue it to your boutique bow as shown below. Or sideways if you like. It’s totally up to you. Careful not to burn yourself!

Make sure you put some pressure on the spot with the glue and give it a minute or so to dry before moving onto the next step. We need this thing to be sturdy!

Next, using a good fair amount of glue in the center (because this piece is pretty bulky), hot glue your layered spikey bow on top of the loopy surrounder bow.

Again, put some pressure on it with your fingers and hold for a minute or so.

You could stop here and finish off. But, since this is a stacked bow, and I need to use those pieces you’ve learned to make, let’s hot glue that topper bow in the center of your layered spike bow.

Looking cute! Now for finishing up!

Take your scrap ribbon piece and tie a knot in the center. Or you can just leave it straight if you like. Glue the lengthwise center of that piece to the vertical center of your bow.

Now take the bar out of the center of your french clip and hot glue it to the back of your bow.

Take the tails on that scrap piece of ribbon and wrap them around the back of your bow.

Hot glue the ends to the underside of your french clip. Trim the ends off and heat seal with your lighter.

*TIP* Use your lighter to burn off any flyaway glue pieces. Just run it lightly and quickly  over them–don’t linger or you’ll burn the ribbon or your hand!

Now you can put the bar back into your french clip and we’re done!

Don’t you just love it? Your turn! Give it a go. It isn’t as hard as it looks.  Don’t forget, this would look absolutely darling slipped through a crochet headbandBaby headbands are just getting so fun, aren’t they?

Tutorial: How to Make a Boutique Bow

Today’s tutorial is on how to make a boutique bow. I used to be pretty intimidated by these bows. I thought they looked hard, but they are actually pretty darn easy, so I’m excited to share that with you today!

Boutique Bow

You will need:

Boutique Bow SuppliesAbout a 30″ Length of 1.5″ Grosgrain Ribbon

A Small Scrap of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

 Lined Alligator Clips

Some String

Scissors

A Lighter

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by laying your ribbon out horizontally flat in front of you. Then take one end of the ribbon and make a loop by pulling the end up and around the flat ribbon.

Now take the other end of ribbon and make a second loop on the other side like this:

Next, bring up that longer piece on the right in the above picture and make another loop that curls under. This part is a bit tricky–you need to tuck the tail of this loop under the tail on the first loop. I hope that makes sense because I couldn’t really get a good photo to illustrate. I did try though.

Below is a picture of the backside of the bow at this point.

Now bring the tail back up and make your last loop curving the tail up through the center of the bow.

Next smoosh the center of your bow together sort of like an accordian.

Wrap the string tightly around the center to keep your bow from unraveling. Once you are comfortable that the bow is secure, tie a knot in the string and trim any loose ends off.

Trim up the tails on your bow. I like to cut mine into V shapes.

At this point you should heat seal the ends of the tails on your bow. Just run a lighter lightly over the V shape cuts you made to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. It doesn’t take much heat–you will see it happen. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Now glue your lined clip to the back of your bow.

Almost done. Next, glue your scrap piece of 3/8″ ribbon around the front of your bow and over the back side of your alligator clip. Trim up the ends and heat seal the 3/8″ ribbon end. Done! Super cute and easy to make bow!

Boutique Bow Tutorial

**Note**This bow is the 2nd piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow

Thank you for taking a look at our hairbow tutorial, directions and patterns.  They are free for you to use.  Our online tutorials are to help you make cheer bows for cheerleaders and cheerleading.  They are also great for little girls.  Making bows is fun and the possibilities are endless.  Come look at our shop to purchase grosgrain ribbon for your hairbows, or to look at our hair bows that are for sale.