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The Boutique Bow design and photos were created by Jessa Bailey of Bows by Jessa. Credit where credit is due! Many thanks to Jessa for helping to enlarge our collection of FREE hair bow instructions. Make sure to check out her Video Tutorials also!


~Ribbon (cut and sealed to length needed)
~Hot Glue Gun
~Stick Pins
~Alligator Clip or French Barrette
~Threaded Needle
~Hot Glue Gun
~3.5” piece of 3/8” ribbon (trimmed and heat sealed)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Ribbon Formula: Cut your ribbon
Itty Bitty Bow (2” ~ 3” bow) cut 3/8” ribbon to 14-16” (the 14” will make a 2” bow and 16” will make a 3” bow)
Small Bow (2.5 ~ 3”bow) cut 7/8” ribbon to 20”
Medium Bow (4” bow) cut 7/8” ribbon to 29” or 1.5” ribbon to 32”
Large Bow (5” bow) cut 1.5” ribbon to 35”

To get started cut your ribbon and make sure to trim and heat seal the ends!

This example is for a Small Bow.


Start by folding one end of your ribbon over to the 3.5” mark.
     a. For the medium bow overlap your first fold to 5” mark.
     b. For the large bow overlap your first fold to 6” mark.
     c. For the itty bittys overlap your first fold to 3“ mark for the 16” piece and first fold should be at the 2.5” mark for the 14” piece.
Then fold ribbon back over at the 4” mark.
     a. For the medium bow fold back over at the 6” mark.
     b. For the large bow fold back over at the 7” mark.
     c. For the itty bittys fold back over at the 3.5” mark for the 16” piece and first fold should be at the 3” mark for the 14” piece.
Continue wrapping the ribbon around into a big loop, when this step is complete the end of your ribbon should be sitting on top.
Push the stick pin through the very mark of your loops.
Now separate the loops; you should see 3 layers on each side of the stick pin, (top layer, middle layer, and inside layer). You will then pull the top layer and the inside layer one way and the middle layer the opposite. Do the same on the opposite side. You should start to see an “X” shape.
Continue to spread the loops until you get the shape you want.
Take your threaded needle and weave it in and out from the bottom to the top directly through the center.
Remove the stick pin and pull the thread through as tight as you can. This will form your pinched look (humps or ridges) in the center. Wrap the thread around a couple of times and tie the thread off on the bottom side of the bow.
Make sure your bow looks centered. Now you can complete the bow with the small piece of 3/8” ribbon. You can tie this completely into a knot or just make a peak. (The peak method is what I used in the example pictured.)
Hot glue your center piece to the top of the bow.
Line your clip…see pictures.
Hot glue your clip choice to the back of your bow.
Wrap the ends of the center piece around to the back of the clip, glue securely into place.
Shape bow to your specifications, and you are DONE!


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