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How To Make A Side Loop Hair Bow

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I think with Summer right around the corner, I am having a huge bow fetish! I am loving creating bright and summery bows and couldn’t help but share another super cute and super fun bow with you today! It has been a week or so since I shared one of our gorgeous TOTT hair bows so today, I am going to share with you the adorable Side Loop Hair Bow!

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Are you familiar with what a TOTT Hair Bow is? Just in case you aren’t…I would be happy to explain. The TOTT Hair Bows are basically just a beeeeeautiful group of hair bows that have very, very specific instructions on how to create professional looking bows in no time! I decided to make each and every bow found in the above group so that you can not only find them on our website under Make Hair Bows, but right here on our blog as well….but guess what, you can also find them on our awesome YouTube Channel too! Having the instructions to these fabulous bows in 3 different locations makes for easy access for you! Wahoo! So, what do you say we get started on the fab bow we call the Side Loop Hair Bow?

Supplies needed:

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The Ribbon Retreat Hair Bow Maker
Ribbon
-I used 1 1/2″ Chevron Grosgrain Ribbon
Barrettes & Clips
Cutting Mat
Scissors
Hi-Temp Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Needle & Thread
Lighter (for sealing ribbon ends)

Ribbon Button
Before we get making this fun bow, let’s talk about some basic bow making rules or better yet…tips to help you achieve gorgeous and professional looking hair bows!

Hair Bow Making Tips
When making hair bows, it is best to use the right size of ribbon for the right size of hair bow. For example, using a 3/8” ribbon to make a 5” bow, may not work well.

The following is to give you a general idea of what size ribbon works best for what size bow.

Hair Bow Making TipsA
Using The Hair Bow Maker

There are two lines on the Hair Bow Maker. The longer line is the center line. The second, shorter line is the ½” line. When you have the Hair Bow Maker in front of you, this line should be to the RIGHT of the center line. The first set of holes from the center of the bow maker will make a 2” bow. Move each dowel over one and you will have a 3” bow. Move each dowel over two and you will have a 4” bow, etc.

The bow maker will make bows over 6 inches in width. If you want to make a 2 ½”, 3 ½”, 4 ½”, or 5 ½” bow, then the dowel on the right needs to be moved ½” to the right. For example, if you want a 3 ½” bow, then place the left dowel in the 2nd hole and the right dowel in the 3rd hole. You would use the ½” line as the Center Point for this bow.

Ribbon Maker
Ribbon Length Formula

This formula is a recommendation only. If you find that you don’t have enough, or too much ribbon, make adjustments to the numbers below.
(Width of Bow) x (# of Loops + 2.5) ***The extra 2.5 is for allowances.
Example: For a 4” four-loop bow, your formula would be: 4 x (4 + 2.5) = 26” of ribbon

Ribbon Cutting Lenghts
Now that we have a couple of tips and our ribbon length figured out, let’s get started! This Side Loop Hair Bow will be demonstrated on the 4” setting of the Hair Bow Maker using 1 1/2″ Chevron Grosgrain Ribbon.

*Please note that my right hand is never used/seen in the pictures below, because I am holding the camera with that hand so the wording in the instructions is sometimes a little different from what my left hand is doing in the pictures.

How To Make A Side Loop Hair Bow

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
1. First of all, make sure you have a needle and thread ready (with a knot at the end). Then, place the ribbon in BACK of the right dowel and in FRONT of the left dowel as shown. Make sure there is about 4” or so of excess ribbon at the right.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
2. With your LEFT hand, take the ribbon around the left dowel and place it in front of the back ribbon as shown. **Pay close attention to the how the ribbon comes forward.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
3. With your RIGHT hand, take the ribbon around the right dowel and place it in front of the previous ribbon as shown.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
4. With your RIGHT hand, take your needle behind the bow and bring it through the center. To ensure you have the exact center, point your needle downward and check it with the center line of the Hair Bow Maker. Then, pull the thread all the way through until the knot stops at the back.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
5. Remove the ribbon from the Hair Bow Maker by pulling it up and over the dowels. Then take your thread over the top middle of the bow and tug gently.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
6. Take your thread all the way around the bow and pull tightly.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
7. Continue to take the thread around the center of the bow until there is no more “give”. Then, turn the bow over and take up a couple of stitches and cut the thread. Cut and seal the ends as desired.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
8. Make another bow like the one you just made.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
9. Stack the bows side by side as shown or, bring one bow on top of the other diagonally, making an X form. To secure them to each other, simply take up a stitch at the back of one of the bows and then take the thread around the center of both bows again and again until it is very tight.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
10. You can either leave this as a simple Side Loop Hair Bow by adding a knotted or flat center and a clip to the back — or embellish and enhance as desired.

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I love this fun Side Loop Hair Bow! The four loops are full and fabulous and this bow also makes a great base for a layered bow! This cute bow will also look adorable in any color or design of ribbon! Make multiple bows using these easy to follow directions! They will all look incredible and the possibilities are endless! Here are two more Side Loop Hair Bows made with 7/8″ ribbon that are so fun and look totally unique!

How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make A Side Loops Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Making hair bows of all shapes, techniques and sizes is so much fun! I love the different looks you can achieve with using different widths of ribbon, prints and designs of ribbon and how you choose to embellish it. I just can’t get enough of these fabulous hair accessories! Here are a few more incredibly cute hair bows, you are sure to love too!

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The Ribbon Retreat has a wonderful selection of ribbon for all of your bow making needs! You can choose bold and bright or soft and subtle colors, polka dots, stripes, chevron, flowers, dinosaurs, mustaches, glittery and so SO much more! We also carry fun resins, buttons, gems and more gorgeous embellishments to make your hair accessories one of a kind! Make sure to visit our one stop crafty shop HERE!

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