Back To School Hair Bow

Holy Moly…school is right around the corner! Wow…where did the summer go? I absolutely LOVE having my kiddos home for the summer and playing, playing, playing! However, they start getting super excited for their social life to be back in line again around this time of year and start getting ready for that school bell to ring and those bus lights to flash! So, what better way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year than with a big beeeeautiful and colorful Back To School Hair Bow? The talented Mary is sharing this beauty of a bow with us today, and I know you are going to just love it! Enjoy!

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Can you believe it’s almost that time of year again, back to school time?? I, myself, am a mixed ball of emotions over it all as my oldest starts kindergarten and my youngest has her last year of preschool! On the other hand, some days it’s a bit much trying to juggle working from home and full time mommy over the summer!

If you have a little girl going to school you won’t want to miss out on this tutorial!! I put together a stacked back to school bow with some very cute ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat!!

Materials you will need:
Mix of 7/8″ Ribbon
Needle and Heavy Thread
Resins of Your Choice
French Clip (I used 60mm)
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric Starch

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I just use a template made out of cardboard for my boutique bows. It measures 5 inches across with a slit cut out down the center.

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I started off with the Back 2 School print ribbon backed by the black Moonstitch ribbon for my top layer. Start by cutting ends at a diagonal and heat sealing with your lighter.

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Start by placing ribbon just over center cut on template, wrap around twice and end on the other side of center cut. Place a pin down the middle and cut ends at a diagonal once again and heat seal.

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Carefully slide your ribbon off the template and bring the inside loops up and outside down to form a butterfly like shape.

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Take your needle and thread and stitch down the middle. Pull tight and wrap around bow several times, sew top to bottom and knot in back.

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Repeat this step with a solid color of choice ribbon for the base bow. I just used red. Now we are onto the spikes. I cut my pieces at 5.5 inches. Cut “V” ends by folding each end in half and cutting at a diagonal, heat seal with a lighter. I then arranged my spikes on an upside down pin starting with center and working my way out to the ends.

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Sew down the center using the same stitching pattern as we did for our bow. Place all 3 layers of bow on a lined baking sheet and set oven at about 170 degrees. Starch all pieces and place in oven until they are dry, I think this took about 20 minutes.

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Stack bow from bottom up, by attaching bottom spikes onto top of base bow and top bow onto top of spikes. Your bow should look like this now.

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I line the back of my french clip in 3/8″ ribbon and attach to the back of the base bow.

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Wrap middle of bow with 3/8″ ribbon by feeding it under the french clip and around top of bow and back under clip.

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I finished by placing a resin in the middle, two puff applique apples on the sides, and a flower underneath my spikes with a crayon resin.

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Thank you all for reading along and I hope you enjoyed my back to school bow! I hope you have a great time making one of your own!

Thank you, thank you Mary for sharing such a fun, colorful and exciting Back To School Hair Bow with us. I am in love with those vibrant and bright colored ribbon and resins. That bow screams reading, writing and arithmetic. Whether you have a girlee at your house excited for a new school year to start or not, she will most definitely be excited to sport this bow on that first day back in class. Thank you again Mary, and I hope you all get a chance to make this adorable bow!

Hair bows are fun, fun, fun to make, but I truly love to see my little one and those I make them for wearing them atop their cute little heads. Here are a few more hair bows that would be perfect for the 1st day of school or anytime before or after!

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  1. Pam
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    So sorry. I just figured it out. Pam

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 5, 2015 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Pam! No worries at all! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Shirley
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I love this bow! I love how your layered the moonstitch ribbon with the printed ribbon. It is so fun!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Thank you Shirley! Isn’t this bow the funnest? Any little girl would be thrilled to wear this to school on the first day! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Pat C.
    Posted August 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Mary, what a fun and colorful bow! It looked overwhelming to me (a bowmaking loser) at first, but you carefully took us through each step, and now it seems a lot more manageable!! (Um, at least it will be manageable once I’ve finally mastered a few basic boutique bows first!)

    I love all of the different textures, colors, and patterns in the bow. And, like Shirley, I think that layering the moonstitch under the printed ribbon is ingenious! The moonstitch covers up the blank side of the printed ribbon; and it also gives the impression of a separate bow, without adding any extra bulk to the completed bow.

    Thank you, Mary, for sharing yet another fun bow! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much! Isn’t Mary awesome?!? I love this fun bow and can’t get enough of all of those bright fun colors! You could totally make this bow! I believe in you :)! Have a great day Mary and thanks again! Michelle 🙂

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