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 Pony-O

With summer coming, lots of kids, including girls, will be playing a lot of different sports. So, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make these pony-o holders for ponytails since we like to have our hair up during sports, right?  They are also great for cheer and cheer leading.

Plus, this is a really great project for using up a bunch of old scraps. Or, you can make a bunch for your daughter’s whole team if you buy ribbon!

Excuse the messy hair–I only had myself for a model today :)

Cheer Pony-OYou will need:

Cheer Pony-O SuppliesScrap Ribbon pieces

Elastic Pony Holder

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Glue Gun and Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by cutting your ribbons all about the same length however long you’d like them to hang. If you want them to vary in length, you can trim them up after you are done.

Now, stack your ribbons however you want them to look. I put my wider black ribbon on the bottom then stacked them up according to width. But you can do it however you like.

Gather your ribbons in about the center–you don’t have to be perfect. Just approximate.

Take your needle and thread and sew a basic basting stitch down the center of your ribbons making sure to catch them all in there at least once. This will just make sure that when your little girl is wearing this, the ribbons won’t slide out or become uneven.

Once you have pulled your thread through, you can take the needle off. Or you can use it to aid in tying. I tend to poke myself, so I take it off :)  Leave some tails on each side of your ribbons with the thread to use for wrapping.

Now fold your ribbons down the center accordion style, like so:

Wrap the thread around the folds until you feel it is fairly secure.Don’t tie off yet though.

Now hot glue your ponytail holder to the backside on the center of your ribbon bunch being careful not to get hot glue on your ribbons like I did :(

Wrap the thread tails around the ponytail holder and ribbons just to help secure it a little bit more. When you’re comfortable that it is good and secure, tie the tails together in a knot or two and snip the leftover ends off.

Take a scrap piece of ribbon (for wrapping around the center of your pony-o, and tie a knot in the center. I tied two because my ribbon was small.

Hot glue the knot to where you want the front top of your pony-o to be. Then trim the ends however short they need to be to wrap around the pony-o and elastic ponytail holder. Hot glue the ends around the center of your pony-o holder.All that’s left to do now is trim up your ends however you want them. You’ll want to heat seal those lightly with a lighter or other heat source to keep them from fraying as well.

Some people add rhinestones or other fun little things by hot-gluing them to your ribbons too. Make it yours!

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.

Tutorial: Layered Spike Bow

I have to say, this is my favorite bow tutorial so far. I hadn’t really expected it to turn out so well, but I just love it. And now I get to teach all of you how to do it!

Layered Spike Bow

You will need:

Layered Spike Bow SuppliesRibbon pieces–measurement and qty purely depend on how big you want your bow and how many layers you’d like. I ended up with 4 layers. I didn’t use the lime green 5/8″ ribbon pictured.

Scissors

String

A Lighter

Directions:

Start by cutting your ribbon pieces down to the length that you want them. As I said above, the length you need depends totally on how you want your bow to look. My bow ended up at about 4.5″ wide. The Pink layer on bottom was cut at 5″ before trimming and sealing. Then I cut each layer a little bit smaller than the one under it. I didn’t use the lime green ribbon 5/8″ ribbon because I just thought there were enough layers without it.

Then, cut the ends how you like them to look. I like mine in V cuts. So that’s how I cut them except the 3/8″ swiss dot ribbon. I just angle cut that because it was too small.

This is how I V cut. Fold your ribbon in half, then cut from the fold down toward the corners on the end. Perfect V every time.

Now heat seal all of your ends. This takes some time, but don’t skip it unless you want your ribbon to fray. Just run a lighter really quickly over all of the V-cut ends. Don’t linger–you will start to burn the ribbon (speaking from experience :)).

Take the ribbons that will go on bottom and crease fold them in the center like this:

Still holding your first creased ribbon, do the second and third ones the same way–holding all of them tight.

Now, hold them together and wrap the string tightly around the center. Tie a knot in the string and trim loose ends. That’s your first layer!

Do this to all of your other ribbons putting them together as you see fit–no rules here.

Next, take your glue gun and glue the layers together in the center where the string is tied one by one, stacking them on top of one another.

Tie more string around the entire stack to help keep it from falling apart in some poor little girl’s hair.

Now just hot glue a small piece of coordinating 3/8″ ribbon around the center and heat seal the ends. Voila–super sweet layered spikey bow!

Layered Spike Bow**Note**This bow is the 4th 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.  If you don’t have time, or want to purchase all of the supplies, we do have a lot of hair bows for sale.  We have a huge selection of wholesale, cheap hairbows that you can purchase.

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.