Ribbon Flower Bow

Learn how to make a Ribbon Flower Bow

Hi there! It’s me again, Ashley, from Sweet Mama J’s Boutique.


I’ve also started a new blog, called Project Bazaar. It’s still really new, but come check it out!

Remember how I told you that I LOVE The Ribbon Retreat’s beautiful assortment of ribbon, I still cannot get enough!!

Ribbon Flower Bow easy to make yours

Today, I am really excited to share another hair clip tutorial with you!

This Ribbon Flower Bow is so quick and easy to make, you can make one for every outfit.

Let’s gather our supplies and get started!

– Ribbon Flower Bow –

Supplies for the ribbon flower bow

The supplies I used:

3 – 8 inch lengths 3/8″ Swiss Dots Ribbon in Aquamarine with White
3 – 7.25 inch lengths 3/8″ Sheer Delight Ribbon in White
1 – lined alligator clip
1- 12mm Rhinestone in Iridescent
Hot Glue/Glue Gun

fold your ribbon to form two loops

Fold your 8 inch length ribbon in half and make a crease. Lay ribbon flat.

Place a small dot of glue in the crease. Take one end of the ribbon and make a sideways loop, (the side of the ribbon that is facing up while the ribbon is laying flat will be still facing up after secured in the middle.)

Repeat with the other end, making a figure 8.

Repeat with other two 8 inch lengths, and all three 7.25 inch lengths.

repeat with all six ribbon pieces

You will now have 6 figure 8 loops.

Place the loops on top of eachother to make a flower

Place a small dot of glue on one of your figure 8 loops. Place a second figure 8 loop on top of the first one making an X or butterfly shape. Place a small dot of glue in the middle of your butterfly shape and lay your third figure 8 on top making a flower.

Repeat process with the three remaining figure 8s.

Two finished ribbon flowers

You will now have 2 flowers.

Place a dot of glue in the middle of your larger flower. Press firmly. Place a small dot of glue on the back of your rhinestone. Place the rhinestone in the middle of your flower. Press firmly.

Add your clip

Place a line of glue on the top of your alligator clip.

Place the flower on top. Press firmly.

Finished ribbon flower bow

That’s it! You have a darling Ribbon Flower Bow, ready to go!

Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat for allowing me to share with you once again!

Thank you Ashley!

I love how cute and simple Ashley’s bows are. Enjoy this tutorial and please share the ones you make with us.
We’d love to see them!

Check out Ashley’s boutique, Sweet Mama J’s, and her new blog, Project Bazaar to see all of her tutorials so far.
We can’t wait to see what she has next for us!

And make sure to check out our HUGE Ribbon selection here at The Ribbon Retreat. With any of our ribbons, you’ll be able to take this tutorial and make one that is cute and unique!

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Latte
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    These are so great! Made 3 this weekend, glad to finally find a cute bow pattern to start using all this 3/8″ ribbon I’ve collected.
    I sewed some of the layers (prefer to only use adhesives when required), you do have to be a careful to hold the figure 8s
    as evenly in place as possible before pulling thread thru (straight pins help) but they look pretty nice for my 1st attempts.
    Thanks for the awesome project post, Ashley 🙂

  2. Jenn
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Adorable!! I can’t wait to make some for my daughter.
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Horselover
    Posted April 7, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    omg love them

  4. Katy
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I love these! I made a couple for my daughters and they turned out beautifully. I’m going to have to buy some more craft barrettes to make more!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 22, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      Hi Katy! Awesome! I am so glad you made these fun bows and they turned out great! You can get all of your bow making supplies right here at the Ribbon Retreat super fast so you can get right back to making more fun bows! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  5. Marita Dsouza
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Lovely very pretty novel idea

  6. Ellie
    Posted July 15, 2018 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    I just made my first one and it came out pretty nice to be my first one. I will follow the advice of Latte and use thread on my next ones to ensure it does not come apart later on. Thank you! You made it so easy!

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