Flip Flop Bow: How to attach a French Barrette

Flip Flop Bow - How to attach a French Barrette - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This bow was so much fun to make.

Even though I don’t have a little girl, I love making bows! There is just something so relaxing about it. I could make bows ALL day long. Let’s just say, hopefully my next child is a girl so I have an excuse to make more bows! 🙂

For this bow, I used the Flip Flop Fever Ribbon Mix. I also added some other ribbons in Hot Pink, Dark Orchid, and Turquoise Solid Grosgrain and Swiss Dots.

All techniques used in this bow can be found in the Tricks of the Trade Hair Bow Instructions.
This is a great tool in learning how to make hair bows.

My first layer is done using the Twisted Boutique technique.
Click the link for the instructions.
I made the ribbon double-sided by using my GlueGlider Pro.
I cut my ends using the V-cut. You fold your ribbon in half and cut in a slant.
(Make sure to do this with the fold on top or else you’ll get the total opposite. :))
This bow was made on the 4″ setting of the bow maker. It is 4″ wide.

The next layer is spikes.
I made six 5″ spikes.
I layered some of the ribbons again using my GlueGlider Pro.
(To save on the adhesive, you can put the adhesive on every two inches or so instead of one long strip.)

The next layer is the Surround A Bow technique bows.
I made these to be an inch larger than the bow that sits in it.

The last layer is the Flip Flop Ribbon, backed by Dark Orchid Swiss Dots in 7/8″,
using the Twisted Boutique technique.
This bow is about 3 1/2″.

Now that all of my layers are finished, I will stack and tighten them together.
Since I used the adhesive, getting the needle through all the layers would be very difficult.
So what I did was do a stitch through the back of the first layer and then tightened the thread around the first layer and the spikes layer.

I attached the Surround A Bow technique bows by putting a dab of hot glue in the center of each bow.

Then I took another stitch in the back of the bow, put the Flip Flop Ribbon bow on top, and tightened the thread around all four layers.

Now you are ready to attach your clip.

I used a French Barrette Clip.
I had a request on how to attach a French Barrette Clip so I hope this might help.

Start with your clip by taking out the springy part.
Then measure, cut, and seal your 3/8″ ribbon.

Now we are going to hot glue the ribbon to the barrette.
You can also use a ribbon adhesive, like the GlueGlider Pro.

Put a dab of hot glue on the end of the clip.
Attach the end of the ribbon.

Then put hot glue along the top of the clip.
Pull the ribbon over the glue.

Put a dab of hot glue on the other end of the clip.
Finish lining the clip by attaching the end of the ribbon.

Now your clip is lined and ready to be attached to the bow.

Take your 3/8″ ribbon and attach it to the center of your bow with hot glue.
Leave enough ribbon on the ends to have it wrap around the clip.

Then turn your bow upside down.
Put hot glue onto your lined clip and put it on the back of the bow.

Put a dab of glue onto the center of the clip.
Pull the ribbon that you glued on the top of the bow around and adhere it to the glue.
Then cut off the excess and seal the end.

Do the same thing with the other side of the ribbon.
Once you have done that, you are almost finished!
All you have to do is reattach the springy part of the clip.

Last but not least, I added a Flip Flop w/ Butterfly Resin.

The Ribbon Retreat carries three different flip flop resins, and I had the hardest time deciding between them. They are all so cute!

To attach a resin, you just have to hot glue it on.
Really easy! 🙂

And now you’re done!

Flip Flop Bow - How to attach a French Barrette - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}
Flip Flop Bow - How to attach a French Barrette - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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  1. Sherrie
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I am ecstatic that you gave us this ‘FREE’ how to as I love that bow!

  2. Brittany
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I love this one!

  3. erika galvan
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    this is sooo fun looking and beautiful at the same time.

  4. Lorkia
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    It’s beautiful and I love the combination!!!

  5. Isa
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Love this bow…thanx!! I just have a very hard time getting the spikes together n to spread out so evenly!!! HELP PLS!!

    • Shirley
      Posted September 15, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      I am not sure how you are doing it, but you will put all your spikes onto your needle. Then you will spread them out how you like them. Once satisfied, you will pull the needle through, holding tightly to the center with your finger and thumb. Squish the center accordion style and tighten the thread around. The hard part is keeping the shape of the bow, or spikes. It just takes practice. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  6. Barbara Rowlan Wong
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I have a difficult time with my spikes. So, exactly where do you insert the needle? Are the spikes all lined up on top of each other and then you insert the needle? Where? Mine look like a 3 y/o did them. HELP PLEASE!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 30, 2015 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Barbara! Thank you for your question. I am sorry for your frustrations. Spikes are a little difficult sometimes! We have a YouTube video tutorial that I think will help you with your spikes. You can find that video tutorial HERE! I know this video has helped me make my spikes more professional looking, so I hope it helps you too. Good luck and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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