How to Add Marabou to Bows

Learn how to add marabou to bows for that extra fun flair!

Hi! I’m Britt from Charlie’s Halo and I LOVE making big stacked bows. Adding marabou to my bows gives them an extra fabulous touch. In this tutorial I will teach you how to add marabou to bows.

The Ribbon Retreat has lots of great tutorials on making bows, including stacked hair bows. For this bow I used two twisted boutique bows, surround loops and spikes in Lime, Raspberry Rose, Periwinkle and Light Blue Solid Grosgrain Ribbon. I also used starch to stiffen them. Let’s get started!

Supplies to add marabou to a bow.


Ready to stack bows
Marabou Boa
Matching ⅜” Ribbon
Heavy Duty Thread or Embroidery Floss
Hot Glue


Glue Gun

Get your layers ready.

Stack all of your pieces together.

First, start by stacking your bows. Starting with your first layer, use hot glue to stack them one at a time. For this bow I used a 4” twisted boutique bow for the base bow, 5” spikes, 3.5” surround loops and a 3” twisted boutique bow.

Measure and cut your Marabou Boa

Next, measure and cut your marabou. This bow is 4” wide, so I cut for 4” of marabou off my boa. This rule works well for bows 3” and larger. Use your fingers to hold the feathers away from your scissors while you cut the cord. When you cut your boa, feathers will fly and this is totally normal.

I use heavy duty thread to sew marabou into a loop that will surround my bow. I have found this method to be fast, easy and durable, opposed to using hot glue.

Thread your needle and knot the ends together to double your thread. Then push the needle through the cord of the boa about ⅜” from the end.

Sew through end of marabou.

Push the needle through the cord on the opposite side. Now you have a loop.

Wrap the marabou and thread around the bow.

Wrap the marabou/thread loop around your bow, between your layers as shown.

Bring the ends of the thread together.

Pull the ends of your thread to bring the boa all the way around the bow.

Tie your thread in a knot.

Tighten and secure your knot.

Tighten your thread and double knot to secure your marabou circle.

Trim your knot.

Trim your thread about ¼” from the knot. It won’t be visible on the finished bow.

Finished with the marabou!

It already looks fabulous, but we’re not done just yet! Our next step will be to add a center.

Hot glue ribbon to the back of the bow.

Take a piece of ⅜” ribbon, about 5” or so and hot glue it to the back of your bow.

Wrap the ribbon around the bow and add your clip.

Wrap the ribbon all the layers of your bow and hot glue to the back of your bow. At this point you can add your hair clip and wrap your ribbon around the top of your clip as well.

Add a center. All done!

Now that your bow is all finished, you can add a center for extra pizzazz! I used a bottle cap that I made with supplies from The Ribbon Retreat. Check out my bottle cap tutorial by clicking the link.

As always, it’s been a joy doing this tutorial for such an outstanding blog! Happy bow making!

Until next time,

Thank you Britt!

Britt is an amazing, very talented, bow maker and we are so lucky to have her share her high quality tutorials with all of you. Check out all of her awesome products at Charlie’s Halo. And let us know what other fun tutorials you are looking for.

Now that you know how to add marabou to a bow, check out The Ribbon Retreat’s awesome selection of high quality, awesome priced, marabou! We have 24 awesome colors to choose from. Have fun taking your bows to the next level!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    That looks really cute and spices up the bows! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Celia
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Hmmm… Don’t quite understand the sewing part of the marabou.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Celia! I can forward any questions to the author of this post, Charlie’s Halo. Do you have any specific questions? – Shirley 🙂

  3. Lucia
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Britt, thanks for sharing. The Marabou really spices up the hair bows. I will definitively try this out!

  4. Jill
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much! This is just what I’ve been looking for!!! Yay! Happy bow making !

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 5, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Hi Jill! We are so happy to hear that! Have fun with marabou! – Shirley 🙂

  5. ToRah
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks. For this. Now trying to see if I understand the sewing part. But love the n instructions. Thanks

  6. amber brockett
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    i would like to know how you made the bows in this tutorial.. i have seen it everywhere.. but cant for the life of me figure it out…please help

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amber! You can find out how to make all the bows in the tutorial in our Tricks of the Trade Hair Bow Instructions. It comes with a ton of bow instructions as well as how to use them, sizes, etc. It’s a great tool to have when learning how to make hair bows. Click the link and it will take you to the instructions. Once you get started on making the bows, you will love it! Thanks for reading! – Shirley 🙂

  7. suzy
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink


  8. Jami
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial! This really works better than glue and is so much easier and is secure this way !
    Happy Bow making!

  9. rhonda
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Hi I’m wondering the large green bow st the top do u sell instruction on how to make this?

  10. Lacey Williamson
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Do you have a tutorial on how to make the twisted boutique bow? I love your loops!

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