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How to Make Hair Bows for Little Girls

Updated on July 28, 2014

How to Make Ribbon Hair Bows for Little Girls

You really can learn how to make hair bows for little girls. It's not as difficult or daunting as you may think. Here you'll find hair bow directions for making a basic bow, an instructional videos for making hair bows for little girls, a sign up form to receive a free video bow making lesson, and a link to my favorite complete how to make hair bows for little girls DVD course.

I have two daughters, so I really wanted to learn how to make hair bows out of ribbon, especially the boutique style bows. Girls hair bows are adorable and popular, but also expensive, so why not start making ribbon hair bows like I did? Once you learn how to make hair bows for little girls, you can make them for your daughters, give as gifts, or even make them to sell.

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Free Hair Bow Instructions - Learn how to make hair bows for girls

These easy to follow tutorial videos will teach you how to make adorable hair bows out of ribbon.

You can start making a basic loop ribbon hair bow today. You will need a good, heavy ribbon, alligator clip, and needle and thread.

Here are the steps to making a basic hair bow.

  1. Get your ribbon and make a loop. This first loop is your bottom loop and your largest loop, so should be the size that you want your bow to be. If you want your bow to have tails, then be sure to leave one tail here.
  2. At the base of your loop, hold the ribbon tight and twist once.
  3. Make another loop and twist again.
  4. Keep making loops and twisting until your bow is as full as you want (most bows have 3 to 4 loops on each side). You can also experiment with making the loops smaller as you come towards the middle (like the hair bow pictured above) or making them all about the same size.
  5. With your needle and thread, stitch the center of the bow to hold it tight. You can make a decorative knot and stitch it to the center too. Now hand sew the bow to your alligator clip.

Learn to Make Hair Bows for Girls
Learn to Make Hair Bows for Girls

Free How to Make Hair Bows for Little Girls

Sign up for a free hair bow instruction video

If you want to learn how to make hair bows for little girls, then you can get started with this free lesson in how to ribbon hair bows.

I knew how to make a basic hair bow, the kind that are full and have three loops on each side, because I worked at a florist for my mom as a teenager. At the florist we had to make big, full bows for flower arrangements, wedding decorations, and funeral arrangements. When I first had my baby girl I thought I'd be able to make all of her hair bows. It wasn't until I became a mom that I really started to pay attention to how other moms were dressing their little girls. Sure, the basic bows were ok, but most moms were decking their daughters out with these big beautiful fancy hair bows. They are way too pricey for me to purchase boutique hair bows for my two daughters to match their outfits. So, I decided to learn how to make hair bows for little girls. If I could make ribbon hair bows, I would never have the expense of buying those gorgeous hair bows I so wanted for my baby girl.

I didn't find any books that were really helpful. None of the books seem to show hair bow instructions for the new bows that were popular for girls now. I cam across a few YouTube videos with instructions, but didn't learn how to make all of the different style of hair bows that I was hoping to.

That's when I came across this Secrets to Bow Making Success program. I was skeptical at first, but they do offer one free lesson. So, I filled out the form for the free lesson (only requires your name and email because they email you the lesson). My free bow making lesson was emailed to me shortly after completing the form and I was very impressed with it.

You can click the form to the right to get started.

How to Make a Hair Bow from Ribbon Scraps - An easy pinwheel tutorial video

Learn how to make a hair bow out of your ribbon scraps.

DVD Course How to Make Hair Bows for Little Girls - Ribbon hair bows instructional video and manual

How to Make Hair Bows
How to Make Hair Bows

After I watched the free how to make ribbon hair bows lesson, I decided to buy their Secrets to Bow Making Success Course. The free course taught me how to make a basic, full looped bow like I learned when working at the florist, but I could tell by the quality of instruction that the full how to make hair bows for little girls DVD course would teach me how to make the boutique quality hair bows that I wanted for my two girls.

I really enjoyed this bow making course. I learn better how to do crafts by watching videos than reading instructions and looking at still images. The directions are easy to follow and very clear. You will learn exactly what materials you need (this is so important because there are many different types of ribbon and hair clips) and how to efficiently use all your materials.

I started out buying this hair bow instruction course just so I could make hair bows for my girls, but all the moms at my oldest daughter's school love my hair bows so much that I'm working on starting a home business and selling bows locally and I may even decide to expand and start selling my handmade hair bows on Etsy. I also make hair bows to give as gifts.

This easy to understand DVD course teaches you how to make butterfly bows, pinwheel bows, korker bows, lined clips, trendy clip, flower bow, loopy, and more. This tutorial also teaches you how to make braided headbands and gorgeous bow holders (which make great gifts and sell well).

Make hair bows for your little girls, give them as gifts, or even start up a home business.

Why do you want to learn how to make ribbon hair bows?

Why do you want to learn how to make hair bows?

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Ribbon Hair Bows for Little Girls - Assorted hair bows for little girls

Your daughter will look adorable with any of these cute hair bows. I like to buy cute hairbows and then look at them to learn how to make them.

Hair Bows ~ Large Zebra Animal Print Tied GrosGrain Hair Bow
Hair Bows ~ Large Zebra Animal Print Tied GrosGrain Hair Bow

This zebra print girls hairbow will look cute with all sorts of things.

Set of 5 bright 3.5" grosgrain hair bows for baby & girl
Set of 5 bright 3.5" grosgrain hair bows for baby & girl

This set of brightly colored bows will make a great accent to your girl's wardrobe.


Making hairbows for your daughters saves a lot of money. It also allows you to create bows to match specific outfits.

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    • AnonymousC831 profile image


      5 years ago from Kentucky

      I love making hair bows, great lens.

    • EmmaGraceEllis LM profile image

      EmmaGraceEllis LM 

      6 years ago

      @daniela12: That is super creative- up-cycling at its best! Good on you, noted for future bow making ;-)

    • EmmaGraceEllis LM profile image

      EmmaGraceEllis LM 

      6 years ago

      I have 5 girls,,,,, hair bows are a staple in our 'hair basket' here,,,,, the collaboration of creating these, with my girls, adds to quality time and encouraging creativity in them. The two things i love about being a mum ;-)

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      Genesis Davies 

      6 years ago from Guatemala

      I have three boys, so I don't make girl stuff very often. I could have used this lens the other day when I was making those diaper cupcakes for my niece, though!

    • Wendy Leanne profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Leanne 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @daniela12: That's a cute idea. Thanks for sharing. Do you have a lens or YouTube video demonstrating how you make bows out of cloth? If so, I'd love for you to come back and share the links.

    • daniela12 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love hair bows! Hair bows are NOT only for little girls but for teenagers as well. I learned doing vows from a Youtube video. I use my old clothes to do them though.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens for how to make hair bows. squidlike.

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      7 years ago

      wow great lens. and i have hair bands lens for more info you can visit here

    • DogWatchColumbus profile image


      7 years ago

      Two daughters and I'm totally addicted to hair bows. The first step is admitting it, right? I will be using your lens....thanks!

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      I don't currently have a little girl to make hair bows for, which is a pity but of course it's still a good skill to have. I can see it would be a lovely way to make gift wrapping special in any case.

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      Deadicated LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the information; I enjoyed your Hair Bows Lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great resource for those wanting to learn how to make cute little hair bows. Well done and presented...blessed!

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      Showpup LM 

      8 years ago

      With two granddaughters, this could be a lot of fun!

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      8 years ago

      Sweetness and what fun to make your own special bows for your little girls hair, I can see the smiles!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I readily admit that I miss the days of making hair bows for my daughter. It was indeed a pretty easy craft and it was a great way to send a reminder of my love with her to school each day.


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