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.

And, if you leave a comment, you’ll have a chance to win this beauty! So get those comments in people!

One comment per person please. Winner will be selected May 21st at noon (MST) via

**EDIT** We have a winner!! chose comment #24–Theresa Crabb claim your prize!

Theresa–please email our customer service department at with your address info so we may send out your super sweet and free stacked bow!

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


Lighter (not shown)

Glue Gun and Sticks (not shown)


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?

31 thoughts on “How to Make a Stacked Bow

  1. I Love this bow! I started making hairbows last year for my two princesses and to make a little extra money,but now I want to try this one! :)

  2. As much as I love bows for my newly adopted 2 year old, I need to learn to make them. I spend a fortune buying bows that I should be making. Would love to win this beauty! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute! This looks like something even I could do. Thanks for the tute! Would love to win this big beautiful bow for my little princess! :)

  4. Thank you so much for the tutorial. My granddaughter is almost 10 months old and I have been trying to find an easy tutorial for these. Now I can make all her bows instead of paying way too much for them!

  5. This is fabulous! I’ve been making bows for my 2 girls for years, but I can never master the stacked bow. Must try again!

  6. I am going to give this a try. It is so helpful to have someone take the time to show you how to do something step by step. Thank you for the great tutorial. Love the colors in your bow.

  7. Absolutely beautiful… love it. I’ve made a whole bunch. Super easy to make and the instructions are perfect. Thanks

  8. I have just started making bows for my 9 year old daughter and newborn , I was wondering could I use a line alligator clip for this bow to go onto a head band? Or is it too heavy ?

    • I think it is probably too heavy. I have a hard time with these staying in my niece’s hair. She is 7. But, if you eliminated a layer or two it might work.

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