How To Make a Bow

by How To Mommy on 08.23.11

A friend of mine is starting her own Etsy shop for making bows {more on that later} so I got to thinking I should be able to make them too, right?

Eh…easier said then done.

But, for my first attempt it wasn’t too shabby.  So if you’re feeling crafty, here are the steps.

How To Make a Bow {The Triple Stack}

What You Need

  • 3 feet of ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Aligator clip
  • Hot glue gun
  • No Fray solution
  • Buttons {optional}

What You Do

  1. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon to equal lengths {the pamplet suggests 18 inches.  I think that’s too long, 12-15 is fine.}
  2. Make one piece into a figure 8
  3. Run a needle and thread through the center to cinch the “8” into place
  4. Do the steps 3 and 4 for the next two pieces
  5. Arrange the three bows on top of each other
  6. Tie an extra piece into a french knot
  7. Place the knot in the center of the bow and hot glue in the back
  8. Cover the alligator clip with fabric if desired
  9. Hot glue the alligator clip to the back of the bow
  10. Ta-da!  You have a bow!

It’s not the greatest bow I’ve ever seen, but my girls are cute enough, they can pull it off.  😉  I even tried another.

I’m glad I am able to say I did it, but as soon as my friend’s Etsy shop is open, I’ll probably be getting all of my bows there from now on!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 claire August 23, 2011 at 1:12 AM

These are so lovely 🙂

was going to follow back but I am already a follower ,thanks for following 🙂


2 would like to be a yummy mummy August 23, 2011 at 2:38 AM

I tried making my own but they were a disaster. I am not as crafty as you, these aren’t bad at all 🙂


3 nikki August 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Is there anything you cant do?? lol 🙂


4 Amber August 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Wow, what a cute idea. Too bad I’ve got a little boy 🙂


5 Amy August 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

those turned out super cute!!!


6 whiskybaker August 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM

very cute! I am going to try and do some sewing this weekend. I am determined to make a sleep sack out of some of Toby’s old shirts 🙂 Wish me luck!


7 Nikki August 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Great tutorial! Definitely a must try.

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