How to Make a Loopy Puff Bow

Learn how to make these popular Loopy Puff Bows using ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat!

A Loopy Puff Bow is sure to add some spunk to any outfit!
Not only are Loopy Puff Bows adorable, but they’re super easy to make!

How to Make a Loopy Puff Bow

Supplies for the Loopy Puff Bow


40″ length 3/8″ American Flag 4th of July Stripes
40″ length 3/8″ Red Solid Grosgrain
40″ length 3/8″ White Solid Grosgrain
40″ length 3/8″ Dark Royal Solid Grosgrain
hair clip
2 felt circles
Needle and Thread
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Wood Burning Tool (optional, but awesome!)

You will need forty 4″ strips of ribbon for this bow.
I had 4 different colors of ribbon, so I cut 10 of each color.

Cut and seal your ribbon.

Cut and seal the ends of all 40 pieces of ribbon.
You can seal the ends using your preferred method.

I have found the Creative Wood Burning Tool to be a lifesaver!

I love that you can cut and seal the ends of your ribbon in one simple step.
For projects like this one, using the wood burner saves a lot of time!

Cut ribbon using a wood burning tool.

After trying out the wood burning tool on a few different surfaces I decided that I liked cutting on glass the best.

This colorful mess I’m cutting on is actually a picture frame.
I placed cardstock with different lengths of ribbon on it behind the glass.

This makes cutting the ribbon a breeze, plus it looks cheery and makes me smile.

Ribbon cutting template and board for wood burning tool.

Always remember to BE CAREFUL when working with a wood burning tool.
Accidentally touch your skin with it and you’ll have a 3rd degree burn in 2 seconds flat!

After you’ve cut and sealed your 40 ribbons you’re ready to start sewing them together.

All 40 ribbons cut and sealed.

Thread your needle with a coordinating color of thread.
Double your thread and secure a knot at the end.

Fold your ribbon in half to make a loop.
Push your needle through the ends of the ribbon and slide the loop down to the knot.

Take needle and thread through both ends of the folded ribbon.

Repeat with the remaining ribbons.
You can string the loops on in a pattern if you’d like or you can string them on at random.

My pattern was red, white, blue, flag, as you can see in the picture below.

Repeat with remaining ribbons in whatever pattern you'd like.

This is what it will look like when you’ve added all forty ribbons onto your thread.

All ribbons threaded.

At this point you want to pull the thread tight, allowing the ribbons to gather.

Pull thread tight letting the ribbons gather.

Then sew the first loop to the last loop.
Secure with a double knot.

Sew first loop to last loop and secure.

Fluff the poof and shape it how you’d like.

Fluff and shape.

Line your clip with a sealed 4″ ribbon.

Seal your clip.

Hot glue a felt circle to the under side of the top prong on your clip.

Hot glue your felt circle to the clip.

Hot glue the other felt circle to the under side of your loopy puff.
Hot glue the two felt circles together, “sandwiching” the top prong of the clip.

Hot glue it to the other felt circle on the puff.

That’s all there is to it, my friends!

All done!

You can add a button , resin, or gem to the middle for another cute look.

Add a center!

I made two Loopy Puff Bows for my All American Girl.

Make a set of Loopy Puff Bows!

She’s turning heads wherever she goes in her loopy red, white and blue cuteness!

Super cute in pigtails!

And she couldn’t be happier about it!

Loopy Puff Bows make the girls smile!

Happy crafting friends!

I’m telling you, once you make one bow you’ll want to make one for every outfit in your little lady’s closet!
There is no end to the cuteness you could create with a Loopy Puff Bow!

Thanks Britt for the fantastic tutorial!

If you haven’t made one of these yet, now is your chance!
And with our amazing selection of ribbons, your creativity is unlimited!

Brittany is the creative mind behind Crafty Mischief and her crafty ideas are endless! Check out her blog to see tons of crafts for every holiday, for the home, for kids, and so much more.

We love having our blog contributors, and if you have a great craft blog or shop, we would love to have you! Share your upcoming projects with us and submit a project.

Have a wonderful day! ~ Shirley

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  1. Posted June 14, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Oh my heavens! These are THE cutest bows I’ve seen in a long time:) Love them!

  2. Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh MY!! I need to make a picture frame like that!!! it’ll be a super duper time saver!! Great looking bows!!!

  3. Phyllis
    Posted June 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    What cute bows! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tanisha
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    love the loopy bow. made my strips 3″ to make a little smaller for my newborn. so , so cute on her.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      I bet it’s adorable! Thanks for sharing Tanisha! – Shirley

  5. Sandy
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Love this bow! There is another way to do this, but it doesn’t make the bow perfectly round. So I wanted to try your way, since these bows are perfect! But I am having trouble getting the bows to stand up – they seem too loose and kind of flop in the middle. Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?

  6. Linda
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink


    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Linda! I bet your grandchildren look adorable in your bows! Have fun with this bow! – Shirley 🙂

  7. Gail
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Love the bows, we are going to the beach and this will be great to make for my 4 girls, grandchildren…thanks for sharing

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Sounds so fun! Your girls and grandchildren will be adorable! Have a great time at the beach! Thanks for your comment Gail! – Shirley 🙂

  8. cynthia
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Sandy I had the same problem with my bows being loose and floppy. I made another bow using a heavy duty thread and then sprayed my bows with Stiffen Stuff. Problem solved.

  9. Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I have been trying to learn how to make bows but seem to keep failing. Your tutorial sounds so easy I am excited to get started. I do not understand the picture frame so could you explain that a little more please? I am always going to Ribbon Treat to learn differnt things your tutorials are great!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Gail! You can email me at shirley@theribbonretreat to ask any questions about the picture frame. Thanks! – Shirley

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      Hi Gail you can email me at with any questions on the picture frame. Thanks! – Shirley 🙂

  10. Telly
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I made this bow for all the little girls I know and they all LOVE it….thanks for sharing!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      I bet they are adorable in them! Great job! Thanks for your comment! – Shirley 🙂

  11. Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I love ribbon retreat they have awesome tutorials

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Gail! 🙂

  12. Jamie G
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    OMG I love the picture frame idea even if I do not have a burn thing, having everything in the frame with measurements is a great fast and easy not to mention inexpensive!!! I love the bows too and I am def going to try them!! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Leslie
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    i love your tutorials!! I do have a question about the felt. What size circle did you cut out?


  14. Jamie
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Great bows, way to cute! Your tutorials are great as well…..but aim also in love with your frame board you use in this tutorial. Do you have directions for it as well?

  15. Jamie
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch Shirley! Made my loopy bow today with your help….tomorrow will be the cutting board :0) such a simple solution!!!

  16. Elizabeth
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    So, I have a dumb question. Why do the ends need to be sealed? I’m new to crafting so just trying to understand everything

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Totally not dumb! I’m glad you asked Elizabeth. The ribbon frays really easily so if you seal the ends with a lighter or fray check, that will keep the ends nice and neat. If you use a lighter, it will melt the ribbon sealing the ends. It can take a few times to get used to it. Hope this helps! Have fun! – Shirley 🙂

  17. Yolanda
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! What is the purpose of the felt circles? What size do you cut them?

  18. Rina
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    thanks ribbon treat, your tutorial really hopefull. I’ve tried to make it, n it’s work. So nice 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rina! Thank you for your comment! I am so glad this tutorial helped you and worked! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

  19. lisa
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi I wad wondering how do you get a button in the center. Do you flip it over to the underside and glue. It on there?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! Thank you for your question. That is a great question…when you put a gem, button, or resin on these super cute bows, I just find as close to the middle of the bow as I can and push the ribbon loops to the side and glue the button, gem, or resin down to the ribbon. I hope this helps. Good luck and thanks again Lisa! Michelle 🙂

  20. Ryan Volk
    Posted August 4, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Is this easy? I have never done anything like this and I want to be more crafty. My daughter will be 5 and is now a cheerleader and my son is going to be 10 and plays football and they both race dirt bikes and I want to make them cute little things!! Plus school is starting and she wants hair accessories. ..any suggestions for a Newby with no supplies? ? Thank you to anyone who can help this crazy nervous mom!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 4, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment! I am so excited for you to make this super cute bow. It is not hard AT ALL, and you will love it as will your daughter! I love that you want to become more crafty, and you will love making all of the amazing bows on our blog because they are easy and perfect for any level of crafter! You can purchase all of your supplies right here at The Ribbon Retreat! We have ribbon galore, clips, felt circles, thread, needles…you name it, we have it!!! I can’t wait for you to start crafting away and creating awesome bows!! Make sure to check out all of our bow tutorials right HERE! We also have super fun and super easy other hair accessories and flowers that you can find HERE and…one more thing…we have a fantastic YouTube Channel that will teach you via video how to also make some super cute bows. You can find all of our video tutorials HERE! Phew…that is a lot to throw at you, but I know you will love checking out all of our awesome tutorials!! Good Luck and have so much fun!!! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  21. Jazmin
    Posted September 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Love this bow! My new favorite bow to make!! Made three already tonight! A pink one with different shades of pink, a halloween one ( evaluate my little girl wanted one) and now making an lsu bow! Glad this was posted!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 3, 2014 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Jazmin! AWESOME! That is so great! I would love to see pictures if you would like to share them! We love seeing our readers creations! Have a wonderful rest of your day and thank you so much for sharing your awesome comment! Michelle 🙂

  22. Posted January 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    The bows are lovely. They could be used to grace Christmas gifts as well.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 14, 2015 at 6:51 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much! Oh my goodness…that is such a great idea! I love the idea of putting fun bows on Christmas gifts! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! I can’t wait to use your idea next year and for birthdays too! Michelle 🙂

  23. Lynn Smith
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    What a great idea on your picture frame measuring your ribbon & sealing the ends at the same time This saves so much time & not having to handle your ribbon so much Thank You so much for sharing this techquie to us This is going to be my new way of measuring & heat sealing my ribbons What an awesome idea

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 29, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      Hi Lynn! Awesome right!!! I love this same method. It does save so much time and helps you to whip out more bows so much faster! I am so glad that you love this! Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for sharing! Michelle 🙂

  24. Missy
    Posted June 21, 2015 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Oh my! I made these for my neice and she loved them! I made 5, each one matching one of her cute outfits! She is 3 years old, and i hope i can teach her to make them herself when she is older. Loved the idea, and thanks for sharing!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Missy! Yay! That is awesome. I am so glad you made this fun bow and that your sweet niece loved them! You are amazing! Have a great day and thank you so much for sharing! Michelle 🙂

  25. Ruchi
    Posted July 8, 2015 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Very nice and cute…

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 9, 2015 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Ruchi! Thank you so much! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  26. Kelly
    Posted August 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Cute and easy! Thanks for sharing

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly! Thank you! Aren’t these bows so much fun? Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  27. Posted November 15, 2015 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    LoVery bows can’t wait to make them for my granddaughters

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 24, 2015 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Hi Irene! Thank you so much! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  28. Julie
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I wanted to make this for my (little)dogs collar. The one she has has a little felt circle on the back with a little rubber band attached to slip on her collar. What do you think would be the best way to attach all the ribbon ends to the felt circle?

    • Lanae Hale
      Posted September 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julie! Adding this to your dog’s collar is going to be adorable!!! I would recommend actually following the tutorial all the way to the end (before you attach to the clip. Once the bow is made, just glue the bottom straight onto the felt circle and that should work wonderfully for you. Good Luck! — Lanae 🙂

  29. Pam
    Posted November 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    This will be my first bow attempt. Instead of fire hair I want to make go on a dress that I made for my niece. Also love the cutting board even just first decoration.

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