No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial

No Sew - No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

No time to make a bow?! Create a super cute bow that needs no sewing or gluing, just elastics! The tutorial is so easy, check it out!


Hi! I’m Palak from Make it Handmade! I’m here to share how to make my No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial!

Have you ever had the perfect ribbon to match that dress– but you are already late for the party? These little no sew, no glue bows can literally be made in the car on the way to your destination. Believe me, I’ve done it!

The trick are these little latex rubber bands. If you have a little girl, you probably already have these. If not, you can find these at any megamart (or even the dollar store!).  The only other thing you need is ribbon! Any type or size will do. I used 7/8″ and 1 1/2″ ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat.

The 7/8″ ribbon is Orange/Pink Multi Fiesta Printed Ribbon. I also used Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in 7/8″ and 1 1/2″.

The Ribbon Retreat has a HUGE selection of ribbon in tons of sizes. They have great prices so have fun shopping.

Let’s get started! The ribbon I use is about 7.5 inches long.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Instead of heat sealing, just cut the ends at an angle to control the fraying.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Overlap the edges as shown. The overlap will be the back of the bow.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Pinch or accordion fold the ribbon.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

While holding it tight, wrap a latex rubber band around it. And you are done! You can also make these with scraps of fabric, as shown in my two minute bow tutorial.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

To make a double bow, use two lengths of ribbon pinched together. Accordion fold and rubber band just as before.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I overlapped the pink ribbon a bit more, so the orange ribbon would show through the back.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I use this bow as is, by wrapping the rubber band around a ponytail. But what if your little girl doesn’t have enough hair to put in a ponytail? (We waited a long time for that, too!)  Simply slip a snap clip into the rubber band to make a clippie.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

If your little girl is very young and has very little hair, you can always use one of these baby headbands. Make a small slip knot with a rubber band as shown.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Put one side of the rubber band into the other to form a loop.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then, wrap that loop around your hair bow.

No Sew-No Glue Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And you are done! All of these took me just a few minutes. For more simple solutions to everything handmade, come visit me at Make It Handmade!


Thank you Palak!

These bows are so cute and easy! And I love that in just a couple minutes, you can make a super cute bow for your little one. Thank you to Palak for sharing her creativity!

The Ribbon Retreat carries a ton of ribbon and fabric, as well as clips and headbands, that will help you create the look you need with these cute bows. Everything is high quality and the prices are awesome!

Make sure to visit Palak’s blog, Make It Handmade. I love her blog! She has beautiful pictures and is so fun to read. You can find tons of tutorials. I love her Serger Tutorials series (I am totally pinning this for when I get a serger!) and I love her clothing tutorials. I especially love this Sunshine Skirt tutorial.

So be sure to visit and learn all sorts of fun stuff and look at beautiful projects!

We are currently searching for crafty contributors so if you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love all tutorials, and now especially love holiday ones! We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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7 Comments

  1. Kaylyn N
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Amazing! I never thought of using the elastics I already have to make those cute bows. Thanks for sharing your talent and the bows.

  2. Posted September 27, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Kaylyn, I’m so glad you liked the tutorial! Thanks for the kind words! –Palak

  3. Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    So excited to find this!! I love crafting and my daughter sometimes says, “Mom I can’t do that”….well with this wonderful tutorial I can show her that she can!! THANK YOU! She’ll be so excited to contribute in creating!!

  4. Posted October 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Bridgitte! I’m so excited that you are excited! Honestly– it makes me feel wonderful that someone would give crafting a shot because one of my tutorials!

  5. mina torkzaban
    Posted June 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    it is very interst for me i would like to learn more from this website

  6. Posted September 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was so perfect for me … a fast and easy project for making bows for my dog (Gia).

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 2, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer! You are so welcome! Thank you for your sweet comment! I LOVE that you are going to make these for your cute dog, Gia! Have a wonderful day and tell Gia hi from all of us here at The Ribbon Retreat! Michelle :)

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