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Hair bows and clips are currently the hottest trend, but purchasing these accessories is extremely costly. So, why spend the money when you can create your own hair bows with my free hair bow patterns?

Before you begin you will need some supplies:

  • -scissors
  • -alligator clip of your choice
  • -3/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • -7/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • - hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • -needle and thread

I received feedback that its hard to find alligator clips and ribbon without buying in bulk. Therefore, I sell kits for $5 + shipping with 5 alligator clips, and 5 pre-cut ribbons both 3/8" and 7/8" in different patterns  You can email me if you would like to purchase a kit.  To select the ribbon you would like, just browse the website. I have the ribbon for nearly every bow on the site. Please just reference the ribbon you would like included in the email. For your protection I will set up an special order in my Etsy store and you can purchase your kit with no worries.

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Step 1: Lining the Clip

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Step 1:

Measure out 4 inches of your 3/8" ribbon. Press the ends of the clip together and insert the ribbon between the prongs right to the back. Close the clip.

Step 2: Attach the Ribbon to the Clip

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Step 2:

Next apply hot glue to the top of the alligator clip, and attach the ribbon.

Step 3: Finish Lining the Clip

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Step 3:

Proceed to place the glue all along the clip, one section at a time, and placing ribbon as you go. When you get to the bottom of the outside of the clip open the clip once again and glue the remainder of the ribbon inside the clip so that the entire alligator clip is now completely lined.

Step 4: Making a 2 inch Bow

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Step 4:

Measure out 12 inches of your 7/8" ribbon.


Step 5: Folding The Ribbon

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Step 5:

Fold the ribbon over as shown.


Step 6: Thread the Folded Ribbon

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Step 6:

Use clips to ensure ribbon stays in place.  Thread your needle and sew all pieces together.


Step 7: Loop Once, Tie Twice

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Step 7:

Loop around once, tie and tie again.  Cut excess thread.


Step 8: Form the Knot

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Step 8:

Take another piece of 3/8" ribbon and form knot.  Attach knot to top of bow.


sorta confuseing
cajett20023 years ago
I just found this instructible. Looks great!! Im going to have to make some for my daughter and my neice who was just born.

Question though. Under Step 9 Picture 5 You have spiraled grosgrain ribbon. Someone told me recently that to make that you wrap the ribbon around a pencil or dowel and put it in the oven. Is that true? and if it is what temp and how long?
Great instructible, thank you! BTW, I just bought some of that Hello Kitty ribbon for my daughters, what a coincidence. I'm going to try making that bow, looks great. Thanks again!
Thanks so much for such an easy to follow, step by step, left nothing out, instructible - just what I was looking for!