Saturday, May 21, 2011

DIY No-Sew Hair Bows

Thank you to everyone who suggested names for my knitting pattern. I had a very hard time deciding between your wonderful suggestions but in the end I decided to go with "A Jaunty Little Bow" as suggested by Tasha ("The Ruby" as suggested by BaronessVonVintage was a very close second but I was worried that most people wouldn't get the reference). The pattern is now for sale here on Ravelry and here on Etsy (it's 20 cents cheaper on Ravelry since I don't pay a fee for listing the pattern).

I haven't done a DIY post in a while, since it seems most of my DIY posts involve sewing and, as I am at school, I no longer have access to my sewing machine. However, I thought I would share my method of making no-sew hair bows. There are a variety of ways to make these, but I prefer this method as it seems to use the least amount of fabric per bow. This is a great project for using up scraps of fabric.

You will need:
-Two rectangles of fabric. The size doesn't really matter as long as one is smaller than the other, but mine were 5 ½” by 4” and 8” by 5”.
-4" of ribbon
-Glue gun and hot glue
-A hair comb or hair clip

To make:
1) Start with one of your rectangles. Fold long edges towards centre (you can iron it in place but I don’t tend to bother), so that the right side of the fabric is on the inside. Unfold and place a straight line of glue along the short side about half an inch from the edge. Refold and carefully press down along the glue line. Wait a few seconds until the glue dries and repeat on the other side.
2) When the glue is dry, flip the bow right side out. Place a few small dabs along the inside of the bow, particularly around the open centre edges, and press closed.
3) Repeat with the other fabric rectangle.
4) Place a dab or two of glue in the centre of big bow and press the little one onto it.
5) Wait until all the glue has dried. Get your ribbon and tie it around the centre, with the knot at the back, and glue down loose ends of the ribbon so that they don’t show from the front.
6) Glue on your hair comb or clip.
Tada! All finished.

There are many possible variations you can make:

I now have quite a little collection of hair bows to match my various dresses and skirts :)

That's All.


  1. Thanks! Love a bow and have just purchased some 'nekkid' alice bands to spruce up. :) I'll be rummaging my craft bag later for pretty fabric scraps.

  2. What a good idea! I need something to jazz up my otherwise flat and stubborn hair!

    Thank you for stopping by at my blog - and for your sweet comment. It warmed my cockles xxx

  3. These are so very, delightfully lovely! Thank you so much for sharing this super easy idea with us (I love bows of all sorts and especially enjoy wearing them in my hair, so this post is getting bookmarked for sure!).

    Big hugs & joyful Tuesday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica from Chronically Vintage

  4. What a great idea! I love these. Thank you for writing this up.

  5. What an awesome and easy tutorial! I tried this out because I'm no good with my sewing machine yet and it was easy! I wrote about it here if you'd like to check it out. :)