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.

Tulle Bow

Today I’m going to teach you how to make this fun tulle bow. These are so easy and inexpensive, you could make one to match all of your little girl’s outfits!

Tulle Hairbow

You will Need:

Tulle Bow SuppliesTulle (This comes on our website on 6″X25′ rolls for $2.25 each!)

3/8 Grosgrain Ribbon for center (I probably used less than 2″)

Lined Alligator Clips (these are available on our website in double or single prong in lots of colors)

String

Small cardboard piece (This one is 5.5″ long and about 3.5″ wide–the width doesn’t really matter.)

Scissors

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by taking your tulle and wrapping it lengthwise around the cardboard. I wrapped mine all the way around 10 times. But I think may be a couple less might have been better :(

When you feel like you have enough tulle on there, cut both ends straight down the width of the tulle giving you a stack of squarish looking tulle pieces.

Now squish your tulle together in the middle and tie it up with string really tight.

Start fluffing out your tulle til you like the way it looks. Trim it up on each side if you have pieces that are sticking out or too long.

Glue your alligator clip to the back of your bow with the hot glue gun.

Now, to finish off this cuteness, glue a small piece of your grosgrain ribbon around the center of your bow to hide the string and just look cute. You can do this before you attach your clip or after. I find that if you do it after, it helps the clip stay in fine hair a little bit better.

Finished Tulle BowVoila–you have a fun and easy cute hair bow!  You can attach it to a baby headband, crochet headband, or just straight into the hair!  You could even attach glue it straight onto a tutu to add some more colors to the tutu.