How to Make a Hair Bow Holder

Using two ribbons, you can make an adorable hair bow holder with so many uses!

Hi! I’m Rachel from Family Ever After, so happy to be here today!
I’m showing you how (and why) I made these bow holders.

I know the idea of a bow holder is not original at all. But I have to tell you, I had tried a handful of different ways to organize my daughter’s bows, and nothing was working right. So one night while I was trying to fall asleep, I dreamed up the “perfect bow holder.” (Please tell me you dream in crafts too, tee hee)!

Here was my dilemma… over the years, I’ve made a lot of bows for my girls. Some of the bows are attached to a french barrette (the kind that snaps shut) and some are made on an alligator clip (the kind that you pinch). I used to hang all the bows on a piece of rope, but the alligator clips didn’t open wide enough to stay put. So then I hung all the bows on a piece of ribbon, but the french barrettes kept slipping down. I like to organize them all by color, and not by what type of hardware they’re attached to. So here’s my solution.

No sew or simple sewing skills needed to create a cheap and fast way to organize hair bows!

I took a skinny ribbon and sewed it to a larger ribbon, every 5 inches apart, which will prevent any bows from slipping down to the bottom (and messing up my organization)!

Super cute hair bow holder, and easy to make too!

This way, all the alligator clips don’t have to open too wide and don’t get stretched out, and the french barrettes have no place to fall since there’s a line of stitching to keep them in place.

Perfect for French Barrettes!

Perfect for Alligator Clips!

Does this make any sense at all? I hope so! I’m sure by now you all think I’m nuts! At least I’ve got a convenient way to display and find our hair bows!

Here are a few pictures of the ones I made for our house. They are hanging in the hallway by the kid’s bathroom. Believe it or not, we’ve got two more sets of these bow holders hanging on the opposite wall. :)

I used decorative stitches to sew the small ribbon to it. To hang the bow holders, I just found a cute piece of hardware at my local craft store, and hang them each.

Hang them on knobs or wherever is easiest.

Do you want to make one? It’s really easy. You could even use hot glue in place of sewing.

How to Make a Hair Bow Holder

Supplies:

Wide Ribbon- I used The Ribbon Retreat’s 1 1/2″ Grosgrain Moonstitch in turqoise/pink
Skinny Ribbon- I used The Ribbon Retreat’s 3/8″ Saddlestitch in kimberly pink/white
Thread- I used The Ribbon Retreat’s So Fine in “It’s a Girl!”

Supplies

Directions:

1. Measure and cut 3 lengths each of the wide and skinny ribbon. Mine are 70 inches long.

Cut your ribbons to the length needed. Over lap the smaller over the bigger one.

2. Then cut 3 more lengths of the skinny ribbon. Mine are 6 inches.
This will create the loops for how you hang the bow holder.

Take a 6" piece of ribbon, make a loop to sew onto the back of the long strip.

3. We are creating the top of one of the bow holders. Place the skinny ribbon on top of the wide ribbon, and make sure it’s centered. Then, you’ll take the top raw edges, fold over once, then again, to conceal the raw edges. Then you’ll take the loop and slip it under the fold.

Put your loop on the ribbon and fold over twice to hide raw edge.

4. Now you’ll sew that down with a straight stitch.

Sew the edge and loop down with a straight stitch.

Here’s how it looks from the back:

How it looks from the back.

5. Now you’re ready to sew the skinny ribbon to the wide ribbon all the way down. I measured mine 6 inches apart. Mark ever so slightly where you’ll be sewing.

Mark every 6" apart on the small ribbon and sew it to the big ribbon.

Here’s how it’ll look:

How it looks after stitching.

6. Now you just need to finish off the bottom! Just fold over twice, then sew!

Finish off the bottom by folding twice and then sewing.

Remember to trim all the threads, and you’re done!

Trim threads and you're done!

*Update – The winner of this giveaway was Amanda Williamson! Congrats!*


Thank you so much Rach!

Are you guys excited for a new and fun way to hold and display your hair accessories and bows!? And how awesome to have a chance to win one, especially in these beautiful colors!

Rach is so fun and generous to give these away, so join us in this contest and follow Family Ever After. You will love it! And get in on the action of all the awesome tutorials The Ribbon Retreat has! Good luck!

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

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27 Comments

  1. HeatherDrommerhausen
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Great page! Love the bow holder idea!

  2. Kim Bellimer
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    That is so cute and just the answer I need for all the bows for my litle girl, Tuki, who is a miniature yorkie. She has more hair bows than my daughter ever did!

  3. Lisa Cockrum
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I am now following The Ribbon Retreat on facebook. I have also signed up for Family Ever After’s blog via rss feed.

  4. Lisa Cockrum
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I am following Family Ever After on pinterest and Facebook.

  5. Amanda Williamson
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I want to win this! :) I am following The Ribbon Retreat on Facebook and Family Ever After through RSS. I hope I win!!

  6. Amanda Williamson
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Extra entry: I am following Follow Family Ever After (and several of your other boards) on Pinterest!

  7. Amanda Williamson
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

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  8. Amanda Williamson
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Extra entry: I am following Family Ever After on Facebook

  9. Amanda Williamson
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Extra entry: I am following The Ribbon Retreat on Pinterest.

  10. Amanda Williamson
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Extra entry: I subscribed to The Ribbon Retreat’s RSS through email!

    I really hope I win! I love this idea. I have twin baby girls, who are 9 months old. I already have so many hair bows that they are filling one of the drawers in their dresser! Thanks for this idea, and I hope I win yours!

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    Posted August 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

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    Posted August 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

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  13. Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

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    Posted August 2, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

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    Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

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    Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

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  23. Michelle
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

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    Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

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  25. Carolyn Jefferson
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I just found your site! It is awesome! I will be coming back often! I have tagged both facebook and here and left comments on both!

  26. Posted August 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I definetly need one of these. Thank you for the tutorial!

  27. fatemeh
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 4:28 am | Permalink

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