When I decided to start a bow business 7 years ago, I couldn’t find a tutorial online anywhere. I was lucky enough to have a best friend since Kindergarten who’s mom used to have a bow business way back in the day. Her mom was nice enough to spend the afternoon with me teaching me some of the basics. The rest is history and bow making is probably one of my favorite crafts out there. Like I said before, the options are endless and I am seeing new ideas that adorn little girl’s heads everyday! Surely now there must be somewhere better than here that has a tutorial online, but in the chance that you have looked and come up empty like I did years ago, this one is for you!
-Match or lighter
- About 20 inches of ribbon
- About 5 inches of coordinating ribbon for the center
- Ribbon-Lined Alligator Clip (& velcro or felt if you want to make the clip with a “no slip grip”
With one end of the ribbon, make a loop.
Clip the end of the ribbon. Make it short enough to be hidden behind the bow, but not too short so that you cant burn the edges or too short that your bow comes loose if the ends slip out of the wire.
Tie a knot in the ribbon on the back side of the bow. (Or you can do this backwards which gives you a knotted center and some cute ribbon tails on the front of the bow- but that’s not in this basic tutorial- stop making me get ahead of myself!)
Put a generous amount of hot glue on the ribbon-lined alligator clip.
Once you master this, start getting more creative- stack 2 on top of each other, make 6 loops instead of 4, put a knotted center or add a rhinestone or button, leave some longer tails etc. The possibilities are endless my friends… enjoy!