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How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Do you know what I just love? I love great big, full and fabulous Stacked Hair Bows. They are full of excitement, personality and of course…gorgeous ribbon! Yummy! Stacked bows are really fun to make and made up of layers of my favorite bows that can stand alone as a cute hair accessory or be paired all together to make one big and beeeeautiful bow! One of those single bows or layers of a stacked bow is today’s bow that is really easy to make and although not really worn alone, makes a stacked bow look totally terrific! So, today’s project is going to look a little unfinished, but don’t you worry…next time we will put this new bow together with some other fabulous bows to make one AMAZING stacked bow you are going to love!

This awesome bow is found on The Ribbon Retreat’s TOTT Hair Bow Instructions, on our fabulous YouTube Channel, AND…now, right here on our blog too, which makes this perfect little bow available to you in three different locations! How awesome is that?!? Regardless of how you learn best…a written tutorial, a video tutorial, or a printable PDF, this fun bow is available just for you!

Along with all of our TOTT bows, you can find this hair bow in PDF form HERE and on our YouTube Channel HERE! Would you like to see all of our adorable TOTT Bows and all of the video tutorials on our YouTube Channel? You can find them all HERE or our entire video tutorial selection/YouTube Channel HERE!

I love this Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow, because it simply makes a big stacked bow look totally fabulous!

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Supplies needed for the Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow:
Brilliant Bow Maker Surround Kit (optional)
3/8″ Ribbon
Clip (helps in holding ribbon while making bow)
Cutting Mat
Scissors
Needle Thread
Lighter (for sealing ribbon ends)

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How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow

Ribbon Length Formula for the Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow
Surround-A-Bow Ribbon Lengths
This technique is ALMOST identical to a regular Twisted Boutique Bow. You need to learn this technique before making the BIG Loopy Stacked Bows. For this example, I will be making a 4” Surround-A-Bow.
Have a needle and thread ready.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
1. On Surround-A-Bows, you only need about ½” for each tail. Start out by cutting your ribbon to size. The ribbon for this example is 25 inches. Make your 1st mark ½” from one end of the ribbon – on the WRONG side.
CONTINUE making marks every 6 inches on your ribbon. (Or, if you’re making a 3” bow, space out your marks to every 5 inches, etc.)

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
2. Make your first loop – using your marks as a guide.
NOTE: For more detailed instructions, please refer to the Twisted Boutique Hair Bow Tutorial HERE.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
3. Make your second loop. Use an alligator clip to hold everything in place at this point. This is optional, but you may find it helpful.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
4. Make your third loop. Remember that the Twisted Boutique is all about symmetry. You need to have around a 45 degree angle on your tails and loops. Make adjustments as necessary.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
5. Turn the bow over to the back. This is how it should look.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
6. Turn the bow back to the front and make your fourth loop.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
7. Remove the alligator clip and hold the bow tightly together with your LEFT hand.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
8. From behind the bow, take your needle and thread through the center. Pull the thread all the way through until the knot stops at the back.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
9. DO NOT wrap the thread around the center of the Surround-A-Bow. Just take the needle and sew four or five stitches (or more) up and down through the center of the bow.

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
10. FINISHED! You can either use this view, or turn it over to the back for a different look.

Now, just wait until next time where we will pair this awesome bow/layer with other fabulous bows to make an adorable Stacked Bow! I can’t wait…it is so, so cute!

Are you a bow fanatic like me and everyone else here at The Ribbon Retreat? Here are a few of the other incredibly cute TOTT Hair Bows we have added to the blog for you add to your collection of adorable hair bows!

Two Color Twisted Boutique Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

How To Make A Basic Boutique Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

How To Make An Inside Out Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
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!

How To Make A Surround-A-Bow Hair Bow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
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One Comment

  1. Pat C.
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Michelle! I do love TRR’s written tutorials because, well, you know! Hehe!

    What size basic or twisted boutique bow would go on top of a 4-inch surround-a-bow? I mean, is there a rule of thumb for surrounds, such as 1/2-inch bigger than the bow on top?

    Thanks! xoxo

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