June 28, 2012

Fire Cracker Hair Bows {a mini tutorial}

The other night when I stopped at the dollar store for organizing bins, spools and spools of ribbon caught my eye.  They had 6 yard spools of ribbon for only $1 {imagine that}.

I picked up a few spools to make hair bows for my girls.  I decided to "copycat" a hair bow that I had bought a while ago at Gymboree {I'm ashamed to admit that I paid $8 for}.  It was simply a hair elastic with multiple  pieces of ribbon attached.

I've turned to making hair "stuff" for the kids because they are notorious for losing their ribbons, bows, and headbands, or simply giving them away to friends...wouldn't you know the $8 Gymboree bow is of course one that is MIA.

These were super simple to make.  I finished three of them in 15 minutes.  {one escaped before I could get it in the photo...kids!}

Here are the supplies you will need:
hair ties {ponytail holders}
needle & thread
fray check {I suggest using for the ribbon ends}

I started out cutting a number of strips of ribbon each 12 inches long.  I did about 7 to 8 strips for each hair bow.  The more strips of ribbon, the more "full" it will be.

I divided my ribbon strips into two piles, and found the center of each pile by folding it in half.  

I then simply laid half of the strips across a hair tie {ponytail holder} and hand sewed around and around to attach the ribbon.  Then I took the other half of the ribbon strips {turning them to make an x with the other strips} and hand sewed to attach them as well.

After attaching all the ribbon, you're done! Now if we can just keep them in our possession until the fourth...

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  1. These are great! I may have to make a few in red and white for Canada Day. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Very cute idea! That's two of yours I've tagged from happy hour fridays!

  3. These turned out so cute. I'm sure I'll be making more hair bows as the girls get older, right now it's still a struggle just to get their hair brushed every morning :)

    I'd love for you to link this post to my Finished Friday Blog Party.

  4. I love how easy this is! Definitely going on my 'to make' list. So glad you linked up at Etcetorize this week!

  5. I wanted to let you know I used your idea to make a hair bow for my daughter and linked back to you. http://entirelyemily.blogspot.com/2012/07/cute-saint-louis-cardinals-girls-shirt.html

  6. I'm going to make this for my grandaughter, Rhiannon, and match it to her clothes if I can. What a fun and easy hair accessory!