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How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Do you like big bows…and you just can’t lie? Hehe! Of course you like big bows! Everyone has a little bit of big bow love hiding in their hearts! Maybe they aren’t your favorite but man are they cute and yummy! Well, one of my favorite things about my job is being able to create super cute bows..especially the big ones, with amazing ribbon and today, I am going to share a hair bow that is going to quickly hit right on that part of your heart that has you jumping and leaping for joy right now! Yep, this Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow is the perfect bow for special occasions, family photos, or just because you love to see your sweethearts rocking the big bow look! This bow may look a little intimidating to make but don’t fret because I promise you, you are going to LOVE it and enjoy making it all in one! So fellow big bow lovers…are you ready to create some big bow magic? Me too!

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
This FABulous bow is found on The Ribbon Retreat’s TOTT Hair Bow Instructions AND…now, right here on our blog too, which makes this perfect bow available to you in two different locations! How awesome is that?!? Regardless of how you learn best…a written tutorial or a printable PDF, this fun bow is available just for you!

Like I mentioned above, these bows are fun and easy to make and one all the ladies in your house are sure to love! And, remember…to sync best to your style of learning, instructions for creating this bow can also be found in PDF form HERE. Would you like to see all of our adorable TOTT Bows? You can find them all HERE in PDF form! But you can also find most of them right here on our awesome blog too…plus tons of other incredible hair bows and accessories. Check out our entire line up of bow and hair accessory tutorials HERE and HERE!

Ok, let’s get down to business with this wonderful Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow!

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Supplies needed:
The Ribbon Retreat Hair Bow Maker
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.

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The Ribbon Mixes available at The Ribbon Retreat work GREAT for BIG Loopy Stacked Bows. Or simply use the suggested ribbon sizes and put together your own mix of colors and patterns. You can get VERY creative with this bow style. Layer ribbons together, add lots of spikes, etc.
There are many examples at the end of this tutorial to help spark your imagination.

Ribbon Mix Collage
For this BIG Loopy Stacked Bow Style, the following will help you to know how it is put together:
BASE BOW (1½” Ribbon)
SPIKES (various sizes)
SURROUND-A-BOWS (3/8” Ribbon)
TOPPER BOW (7/8” Ribbon)

For the BASE and TOPPER Bows, use a Twisted Boutique, Inside-Out, Basic Boutique, or any other bow style that you love. Experiment and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Now that we have a couple of tips and our ribbon length figured out, let’s get started!

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow

For this demonstration, I will be making a 4 1/2” Hair Bow. Take note of the hair bow sizes and the widths of ribbon used. For example, if a 1 ½” ribbon is used as the BASE BOW, then a 7/8” ribbon works great as the TOPPER. If the BASE BOW is 4 1/2” in width, then a 3 1/2” wide TOPPER works great.
If you want your hair bow to be BIGGER, use 2 ¼” ribbon as a BASE and 1½” ribbon as the TOPPER. Respectively, if you want your bow to be smaller, use 7/8” ribbon as the BASE and 5/8” ribbon as the TOPPER.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
1. Using your preferred method, make a 4 1/2” Twisted Boutique Hair Bow with 1 ½” Grosgrain Ribbon.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
2. Determine how many spikes you would like; cut and seal the ends. I cut my spikes for this bow at 5 ½”. You can cut yours bigger or smaller – it just depends on how far you like them to stick out. For this example, I’ve used 5 spikes – two 1 ½” ribbons and three at 7/8”.
Other sizes of ribbon work GREAT for spikes as well. Add more or less as desired.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
3. Make your Spike Bow.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
4. Make 1 to 3 4” Surround-A-Bows, depending on the look you’re going for. Use 3/8” ribbon. Set aside.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
5. Using your preferred method, make a 3 1/2” Twisted Boutique Hair Bow with 7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
6. Assemble your bow. Start with the base bow and place the spikes on top. I would recommend adhering these two layers together before adding the Surround-A-Bows. Do this by taking up a knot at the BACK of the Base Bow and wrap it around the center of both bows.
Next, place the Surround-A-Bows on top and use either glue or thread to adhere. If you are having trouble getting the Surround-A-Bows to lay properly, I would recommend using Hot Glue.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
7. Place the 7/8” Topper Bow on top and adhere together with thread (take a stitch up at the back of the base bow and wrap it around the center of all layers).

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
8. Finish off by adding your desired center (ribbon, resins, gem, etc.). Attach to your preferred style of clip.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
9. DONE! This is how your bow should look from the side.

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Taaaaa Daaaaa! All done and isn’t this bow adorable? I can’t wait to put this cute big bow on my little girl’s sweet little head! She isn’t a huge fan of big bows, but I just might be able to convince her…maybe! For a bow this cute…it is always worth a try! Hehe!

This bow is so much fun and look how amazing it looks made up in lots and lots of different ribbon options and ribbon mix options!

How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
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Summer Ribbon Mix Bow
How To Make A Big Loopy Stacked Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Bows, bows, bows…I just can’t get enough bows! In case you are in the same category…here are a few of the other incredibly cute TOTT Hair Bows we have added to the blog for you to quickly fall in love with and add to your collection of adorable hair bows!

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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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2 Comments

  1. teresa de higuera
    Posted February 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    todo es muy hermoso

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 1, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much. I love big bows, and I am so glad that you love this fun bow! Have a great day. Michelle 🙂

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