Itty Bitty Baby Bows

Itty Bitty Baby Bows - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I love seeing baby girls with sweet little bows on their heads!
On the day my first baby was born the nurse brought her in to me
wearing a tiny pink bow on her tiny head.

It was the cutest thing I’d ever seen!
She’s been wearing bows in her hair ever since!

Neither of my girls had much hair when they were newborns,
but the great thing about itty bitty baby bows is there’s no hair required!

My niece recently had a sweet baby girl and I thought a collection of baby bows would make a fun baby shower gift.

Itty Bitty Baby Bows


6″ of various ribbons (the 1/8″ solid grosgrain ribbon is perfect for these tiny bows)
ribbon to wrap around the jar
A Decorative Flower (I used a pink minuet flower)
2 circles of felt
Needle and Thread
Glue gun and glue sticks
Fray Check or a lighter
a jar or container to keep the bows in (I used a button jar)
1″-2″ circle punch
Scraps of decorative paper
adhesive squares
Mod Podge

For itty bitty bows you only need about 6″ of ribbon. This is a great way to use your ribbon scraps!

I used a variety of ribbon, mostly 1/4″ solid grosgrain because that’s what I had the most of. The Ribbon Retreat carries 1/8″ Schiff grosgrain ribbon in a variety of colors.
It is just perfect for making tiny bows.

I tied my ribbon into tiny bows and sealed the ends. Then I made a couple of small stitches through the center of the bows to secure their shape.
The sealing and stitching are optional steps but they will help the bows last.

If you’ve ever ordered our fun button jars or tins you’ll agree that they’re a great size for holding small embellishments, including baby bows.

So, when you use up all those buttons make sure to hold on to the cute jar or tin they came in!
You can also find small jars and tins at the craft store.

I used scrapbook paper, ribbon, a flower and a sticker to dress up the button jar a little bit.
I adhered my sticker to the zebra print circle.
Using adhesive squares I attached the zebra print circle to the solid pink card stock.
I used decorative scissors to cut a scalloped edge around the circle.

Next, I applied Mod Podge to both the front and the back of the circle and glued it to the side of the button jar.

While it dried, I embellished the lid with a flower.
I applied hot glue to the underside of the flower and glued it to a circle of felt.

I glued the other felt circle to the lid of the jar. Then I glued them both together.

When the Mod Podge was dry, I tied 3 10″ lengths of ribbon around the mouth of the jar. I used Lemon Grass,Tutti Frutti, and Black Solid Grosgrain Ribbon.

I cut and sealed the ends of the ribbon to my desired length.

And that’s it! The last step is to fill the jar with an array of pretty ribbons!

Itty Bitty Baby Bows - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Itty Bitty Baby Bows - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now, there is the question of how to attach the bows to your baby’s head.
The hospital uses a small dab of KY Jelly. I’ve tried that, along with Karo Syrup and a ball of flour and water, but what I found worked the very best was a small dot of good old Elmer’s glue.

Before you gasp in horror at the thought of me gluing things to my baby’s head,
let me assure you that it is water soluble.
At the end of the day you simply wet the bow with water and it slides right off.

If you need to wash your bows, just hand wash with a little baby wash and let air dry.

Remember the Itty Bitty Baby Bows in a jar for your next (girl) Baby Shower!

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  1. Megan
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    hehe I glued thoes tiny bows to my daughters head to when she was smaller!

  2. Posted December 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Oh good! I’m glad I’m not the only one! They’re so sweet and small!

  3. Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Now I know what to make for my new baby grand niece! Love the idea of the glue, too. This new baby’s grandma once put a package bow on our nephew’s head when he was tiny and was that ever hard to get out of his hair. Clint cried and cried because it was so stuck and it hurt! What a memory!♥♫

    • Posted December 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Oh no! Poor thing! Lol! The niece that I made my itty bitty bows for is actually my great niece too. I’m glad I could help you come up with a cute gift idea. Thanks for your sweet comment! 🙂

  4. Sheila G
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I use wig clips. They work great for even just a little bit of hair. My great niece has almost no hair at all and they stay in all day! And I make huge bows! My huge bows look so cute sitting on top of that tiny bald head.

  5. Jennifer B.
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    My daughter had really dark but really thin hair when she was born. It looked like she had alot, but really didn’t. Then it all fell out. My mother-in-law had a F I T when she saw how I used Karo syrup to get the bows to stick. LOL! I made sure EVERYTIME she came around I had a bow glued on. (Mean I know, but it kept me entertained 🙂 )

  6. Brandi Wellington
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    i used tooth paste,just a dab and it was done,i just wet them to take them off and hand rinsed it under cool water every ones in a while and air dried them,worked beautifully!

  7. Katie
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    You should try Girlie Glue. I tried everything with my first daughter and finally found Girlie Glue with my second! It is amazing! It is all natural, it lasts ALL day and washes ff with water. Super simple and easy. And cheap too. Less than 5 bucks and it lasts a long time. I wish I would have had it with my first. i love a little bow stuck to their heads! Cute, sweet, and feminine. I also use it to stick Earings onto my 4 years olds unpierced ears. She loves it!

  8. Alice
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE Girlie Glue! Thanks for the tip! It holds pretty big accessories too! Genius!

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