How To Make A Little Bow

How To Make A Little Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

There are many ways to make these cute little bows and this is my version.

I am putting up two different ways and looks to a little bow.

I used 3/8″ Ribbon for this bow, but even smaller ribbon, like 1/8″ Solid Grosgrain, works great too.

I don’t cut the ribbon at all before starting. And as always, make sure to have your needle and thread ready.

Make a loop like this-

Then bring the top of the loop down -

Then put your needle and thread through the center. Make sure the loops are even and are how you want them.

Also make sure the top of the ribbon folds toward you when you start to loop the thread around the ribbon. Then just wrap your thread around the bow as normal, tightening until there is no more give.

Cut your ends and seal with your preferred method. I use a lighter.

You can add embellishment to the center with more ribbon, beads, crystal stickers, resins, anything!

Now you’re finished!

How To Make A Little Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is another way to loop the ribbon into a small bow. Just follow all the previous steps to finish it.

These bows are so easy to make and you can add them to anything such as crafts, scrapbooking pages, cards, or cute little girls. :)

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13 Comments

  1. Audra
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I tried to do one to top my Christmas tree I did from your previous post and my little bow didn’t look as cute!

    • Shirley
      Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      Audra – I am sure it looks great! I say that about every single one of my bows. We are our worst critics. :) I played around with mine for awhile to get it how I wanted it. I bet yours looks fantastic!

  2. kristine lewis
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    these are so beautiful!

  3. Linder Jenkins
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I used this pattern with my girls craft class in the Saturday School. They enjoyed it.

  4. Angie Rily
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for these hairbow instructions. I am learning to make hairbows for my two little girls because I can not afford to pay 8 and 10 dollars for hairbows. thanks so much again.

  5. Valerie
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    What kind of needle and thread work best for sewing these adorable bows? Your tutorials are very inspiring! Thank you.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      I just used whatever I had. :) I usually use a smaller needle and regular thread. Hope this helps! – Shirley :)

  6. Posted December 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    you gave me an idea, how to make a beautiful ribbon. thanks for sharing.

  7. Posted February 8, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I just wanted to say thanks for sharing these pretty little bows! Too cute :-)

  8. shannon
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING !! this just made my life so much easier:)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shannon! Yay…we are so glad you like these! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day! :)

  9. Posted October 16, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Thank you – you and Google just saved my bacon!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kate! Yay! I am so glad, and you are very welcome! Thank you for sharing and for being one of our awesome readers! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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