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How to Make Hair Bows with a Ribbon Mix

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Are you familiar with the Ribbon Mixes here at The Ribbon Retreat? Oh my goodness…if you aren’t, they are absolutely fabulous! All of the ribbon in these great mixes are color coordinated with fun solids, prints, different widths of ribbon ALL of which match and look 100% terrific together. The ribbon mixes range from holiday inspired fun to everyday wear that will match perfectly to your little sweetheart’s attire.

If you are anything like me, you appreciate mixes like these because all of the hard work is done for you! The Ribbon Retreat has SO many adorable, beautiful and super fun ribbon colors and prints that I could spend an entire day picking out and coordinating ribbons for one bow. It almost causes me a little bit of anxiety! Hehe! So…with that being said, I am a huge fan of these ribbon mixes, and I think you will be too when you see one way you can use them!

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I am so excited to show you how to make hair bows with a ribbon mix and to see how many incredible and gorgeous bows you can create out of one ribbon mix! These bows are so cute, so full and the perfect accessories for your little one’s hair and the only thing you will need to create these bows is your favorite ribbon mix, clips, a needle and thread.

Easy right….let’s make some cute bows! One thing to remember; however, is that you can make whatever arrangement of bows you would like. The following bows are the ones I chose to put together to use the entire ribbon mix with nothing but tiny scraps left. What bows will you make with your mix?

The Ribbon Mix I used today is an everyday mix perfect for anytime of the year, Bundled and Bright. Cute isn’t it!

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You can make so many different hair bows, some basic, some stacked but all adorable! I am going to show 7 different bow combinations that I made with this adorable mix. But remember, you can make any combination you would like.

You can find all of the instructions for these fabulous bows right HERE. They are all included in our TOTT (Tricks of the Trade) Hair Bow Instructions. I will only include a couple photos from my bow making journey.

The first bow we will make is the Big Loopy Stacked Bow. You can find those instructions HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The second bow is a Flower Loop Bow. You can find the directions HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The third bow is a Bow Tie Bow. The instructions are found HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The fourth bow is a Stacked Bow made up of layers of a Spike, Surround-a-Bow and a Two Loop Topper Bow. You can find the Spike Bow instructions HERE, the Surround-a-Bow layer HERE, and the Two Loop Topper Bow HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The fifth bow is another Stacked Bow made up of an Inside Out Bow, Spikes, Spikes with 3/8″ ribbon and a Two Loop Topper Bow with 3/8″ ribbon. The instructions for the Inside Out Bow can be found HERE, the Spikes HERE, and the Two Loop Topper Bow HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The sixth bow is a Basic Bow with Tails. You can find those instructions HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The seventh and final bow is a Side Loop Bow with 2 loops. The instructions are found HERE.

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Fun, right? Who knew you could do so much with one ribbon mix! The great thing about all of the bows you can make with a single mix is that you don’t have to make the exact ones I made above, you can make your favorite bows and your favorite combinations of bows, that is all I did and I absolutely LOVE them all! Some of the bows I tweaked a little due to the small amounts of ribbon I had remaining and some due to my liking! Aren’t they gorgeous?

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The best thing about making bows is that they are so versatile. You can change the complete look of any bow by altering the ribbon colors, patterns, size of loops or spikes you use and the width of ribbon used too. Some widths clearly work a little better for certain bows, but you are the creator and so go with whatever look you desire and go for it! Here are more gorgeous bows made with two of our fabulous mixes…

How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How To Make Bows with a Ribbon Mix - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The Ribbon Retreat has a wonderful selection of ribbon, notions, hardware, and everything else you will possibly need to create these fabulous bows and more! Make sure to jump over to The Ribbon Retreat to see our great selection of bow making supplies! You will find solid colors, polka dots, moonstitch, cut-outs, plaid, glitter, and so so much more! Find all of those ribbons plus so much more HERE!

Bows are the perfect accessory to dress up any outfit whether for school, a play day, a holiday, or special occasion! Here are a few more bow tutorials you are sure to love…but, to see all of our bow and ribbon sculpture tutorials, make sure you click HERE!

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Ribbon mixes make creating beautiful bows a cinch! I love that the ribbon is already coordinated for you. I am all about easy and convenience and The Ribbon Retreat ribbon mixes are all that plus some! You can find all of our ribbon mixes and other fun mixes and kits put together just for you HERE! They are all so fun…I bet you can’t buy just one! Hehe…I know I can’t!

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12 Comments

  1. Pat C.
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    What a fun and colorful assortment of bows! Just like with the flower clusters, the ribbon kits would be perfect for me, with the colors and widths already picked out! Of course, there is still that not-so-minor problem of my not having more than one or two bow types in my, er, repertoire…… but I know that one day, after intensive psychotherapy to overcome my indecisiveness and OCD, I *will* be able to whip up dozens of bows in a number of styles in no time flat! And you, dear Michelle, have provided adorable options from the Bundled and Bright Mix!

    I do have one question for you…. The sixth bow, a Basic Bow with Tails, doesn’t look like the one in the video link, the Little Bow–which I had to watch ***without sound,*** along with every other video I’ve wanted to watch since I moved, because the speakers aren’t connected to the computer, which Some People think is no big deal, because it’s just boring old me who uses this computer. If Some People used it, you can be sure that it would have been connected by now! But I digress….

    Anyway, in the Little Bow, the two tails are behind the two loops, but in the Basic Bow with Tails, the tail on the right swoops perkily in front of the loop on the right. Is there another tutorial that you can direct me to?

    Thank you! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! You are so awesome. I absolutely love reading your comments. You are always so complimentary, kind and fun! Thank you dear friend! I love your speakers story. You are hilarious. Good luck getting them connected…hehe! Thank you for your question about the sixth bow, the Basic Bow with Tails. I am sorry I have confused you. I used the same technique with this bow that Shirley uses in the video. The difference may be due to the much wider ribbon I used and the fact that I didn’t pull my thread as tight as Shirley did on her little bow. I hope this helps. Good luck with these bows. I think you would LOVE making them. Have a wonderful day Pat and thank you again for always putting a smile on my face! Michelle 🙂

      • Pat C.
        Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, Michelle… makes sense! I will definitely give it a try using wider ribbon that I’ve picked up along my route of dismal bow-making failure!

        I love reading TRR blog posts because of the fun and varied projects, the guest posters, and the glue that holds it all together: You, our dear Michelle!♥ This blog is the first one I read when I roll out of bed every afternoon morning.

        Thanks again. I’ll let you know how I make out! xoxo

  2. Madison
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I just ordered 25 different ribbon mixes!!! Im so happy that this was posted 🙂 cant wait to start all the differnt styles!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      Hi Madison! Yay!!! I am so glad you were inspired by this post. It was so much fun using one ribbon mix to make all of those beautiful bows. Have so much fun with your mixes and thank you very much for being one of our awesome customers! Michelle 🙂

    • Pat C.
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Sorry to hijack your post, Madison, but I just wanted ever-so-kindly to offer to take any of those 250 yards of ribbon that you can’t use off your hands! I’d hate to think of you trying to find room for ribbons that you don’t need,: ( and it would make me feel good knowing that I have performed a RAOK!!

      Seriously, have fun creating what I’m sure will be gorgeous bows–or other projects using ribbon! I’m so excited for you! xoxo

  3. Lisa Miller
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Your web site is wonderful. I volunteer at a nursing facility & the ladies love to make hair bows. The ribbons & hardware are such a good value & pretty. I am very glad I “stumbled” upon The Ribbon Retreat. Prices are affordable & the selection of ribbons is great. I have received my orders within 2-3 days & (knock on wood) have not had any issues or problems.
    Thank you.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! Thank you very very much! Wow!!! You are so sweet, and we appreciate you sharing your good experience with us. Have a wonderful day Lisa and thank you again for your sweet comment and for being one of our amazing customers! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted February 23, 2015 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    These are too cute! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  5. Crystal eNRIQUEZ
    Posted February 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Could you guys make bows without the bow maker.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi Crystal! Thank you for your question. Yes, we can make hair bows without the bow maker…it just makes it so much easier to use one. We have a couple of tutorials for making bows that uses cardboard instead. You can find those tutorials, Here, Here, Here and Here! Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  6. pranali
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    Your YouTube videos are awesome …. Thank you very much

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