How to Make a Fabric Hair Bow
These instructions will be needed if a person would like to make their own hair bow accessory. Making your own hair bows is more cost effective than buying them in the stores. It also has an added bonus of being able to pick out any type of material that you wish. At the end of these instructions, you will have a beautiful fabric hair bow to wear to numerous occasions.
In order to make a hair bow you will need the following materials.
1. Fabric piece 12” by 10” (PIECE ONE)
2. Fabric piece 2” by 5” (PIECE TWO)
3. Hot Glue Gun- used to glue pieces together and attach the clip
4. Hot Glue Sticks- to hold the parts together
5. Napkin- placed under the hot glue gun for easy clean up
6. Ruler- used to measure the size fabric you will need
7. Scissors- used to cut the fabric
8. Clip- preferably a barrette- attached to the back of the bow
9. Pen or pencil- used to mark where to cut
Here are the steps:
1. Take the ruler and measure out a piece of fabric that measures that is 12” by 10”. You will use this piece as the main part of the bow. Use your pen or pencil to mark lines where you will cut in the steps following. Make sure you make the lines on the back of the fabric so it will not be seen in the final product. Also, write lightly so the pen doesn’t bleed through the fabric. We will call this piece PIECE ONE.
2. Measure a small piece with the ruler that is 2” by 5”. This piece will be used to wrap around the center of the bow. It also doubles as security for the clip. Mark the sizes with your pen or pencil as done in step 1. We will call this PIECE TWO.
Note: if you have a piece of fabric with the white seam on the edge, you may include this in your measurement as it will not be seen on the bow.
3. Next, take your scissors and cut of both pieces of fabric. Make sure you cut straight on the lines you drew in the first steps.
4. Plug in your hot glue gun and give it time to get hot.
5. Place the hot glue gun on top of a napkin to the side.
6. Make sure there is a hot glue stick in the glue gun.
7. Find PIECE ONE and place it in front of you with the back of the fabric facing upwards and the 12” side parallel to your body.
Note: Typically, the back of fabric has less of a color than the front and appears a bit white.
8. Fold down the top of the fabric in half leaving an equal amount of the fabric on the bottom unfolded. We will call this PART A. Now you will see about of the two inches on the of the fabric.
9. Fold up the bottom (PART B) half until it meets the top folded piece in the middle (PART A). Now you should only see a minimal space of the back of the fabric where the two folds meet. This step is important to prevent fraying of the fabric.
10. Take the ends (left side- PART C and right side- PART D) of the fabric and fold them into the middle until they overlap about a quarter of an inch with PART C on the bottom and PART D on the top.
11. Lift up PART D. Carefully use the hot glue gun to apply hot glue on PART C along the edge of the fabric going DOWN.
12. Quickly overlap PART D back over PART C. Be sure that the overlap does not exceed a quarter of an inch before placing it down. Put this piece to the side.
13. Next, take PIECE TWO and lay it in front of you with the back up. Make sure the fabric is in front of you with the short side parallel to your body.
14. As done in step 8, fold the two long sides of the fabric into the middle until they overlap no more than a quarter of an inch. We will call the left side PART E and the right side we will call PART F. This overlap is better if the pieces are the least overlapped so try to get it as close as you can.
15. Lift up PART F. Carefully pick up the glue gun, apply small dots of glue every inch to PART E along the edge of the fabric until you reach the bottom.
16. Quickly press PART F back on top of PART E. Again, make sure you get this so it overlaps but there isn’t much fabric that passes where the glue is.
17. Find PIECE ONE and place it in front of you so the back (the side that is hot glued together- we will call this SIDE ONE) is facing you with the strip of glue is perpendicular to you.
18. Fold from the top of the fabric down “accordion” style, shown in figure 1, until you reach the bottom. You should fold the piece 5 times.
19. Pick up the bow pinching the middle.
20. Examine the look of the bow and make sure that it looks alright the way it is folded. You may have to fold it a few times before you get a fold that you like. Be patient!
21. Once you have the bow the way you like it, pick up PIECE TWO. This piece is going to wrap around the center of the bow. On the back of the bow that you hot glued together, put a dab on hot glue.
22. Immediately after, attach PIECE TWO to the glue dab. Make sure PIECE TWO is placed onto the glue with the glued side to the glue on the back of the bow.
23. Wrap PIECE TWO up and around the bow to the back side.
24. Find the clip. Carefully put a line of glue across the back of the bow on top of where you just glued PIECE TWO.
25. Put the CLIP back side down into the glue. The clip should look like this on the back of the bow.
26. Next, take PIECE TWO and pull it through the clip. Make sure to push it through the hole closest to where the clip is glued.
27. On the back of the bow, place a short line the width of PIECE TWO right next to the clip.
28. Secure PIECE TWO in the glue
29. Cut the remaining fabric with scissors.
Note: If PIECE TWO is lifting up, put a dag of glue inside it and press it down.
30. Unplug the glue gun and clean up your materials.
Congratulations! You have made your own personalized fabric bow! The great part about this is the various fabrics you can choose from to match everything in your closet! Remember to model your fabulous new bow at any event or occasion you wish!