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Spikey Bow Tutorial

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit or holiday! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Create big fun bows with our awesome Spikey Bow Tutorial! These bows are simple and you can create one for any holiday or season using a huge variety of ribbons, ric rac, and tulle. Have fun!


Hi there! It’s Emily from Bits of Everything. I’m excited to do another tutorial for you.

These Spikey Bows are SO cute! My girls always get compliments when they have them in their hair.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

You can make them small or large. Today, I am using ribbon cut 5 inches long, which makes a larger bow. I’m also adding tulle, which makes it a little more full and fabulous!

~ Spikey Bow Tutorial ~

First of all, here are the supplies you need:

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

ANY color or print 7/8″ ribbon you want. The Ribbon Retreat has so many cute designs to choose from.
Click the link to see our huge assortment!

This time I used the same colors (black and white), but all different patterns.

I used the new zebra print, the polka dots, the checks, and the chevron print.

THEY ARE SO FUN!!

I also used the black glimmer tulle and the white glimmer tulle.

You will also need 2 alligator clips (I lined mine with 3/8″ ribbon), fray check, and a needle and thread.

The first thing you do is cut the ribbon into 5 inch long strips, fold them in half (length wise)
and cut the ends on an angle, giving them a spikey effect.

I cut 4 pieces of each pattern of ribbon (for the set), 2 for each bow.

Next, you will treat the ends of the ribbon with fray check so that the ribbon does not fray.
(You can also heat seal with a lighter.)

I left the tulle the width it was, but cut it in 4 inch length increments. I cut 8 pieces of each black and white (for the set), 4 black and 4 white for each bow. Then I cut an “M”, or two angles, on each end so that they were more spikey looking. You don’t need to treat the ends of your tulle.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now you are ready to put it all together!

First, I fold a piece of ribbon in half (length wise again) and put onto your needle.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Repeat with the next ribbon to make an X on your needle.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then I fold a piece of tulle (2 times length wise) and randomly put them between the ribbons.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Like this…

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then add more ribbon and more tulle.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Keep adding until you have used all of your pieces of ribbon and tulle.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then take your needle up and down a few times until you feel it is very secure, and tie a knot.

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turn it over and you have finished your first spikey bow!

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then repeat the whole process for the 2nd spikey bow and you will complete your set!

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Finally, I hot glued each of them on to a lined alligator clip and they were ready to use!

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This is how they look in the hair!

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here are a few more ideas with different sizes and colors!!

Spikey Bow Tutorial - Super easy and cute to match any outfit! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}


Thank you Emily!! I absolutely love this Spikey Bow Tutorial. These bows are so cute and easy to make. I love that you can use so many different fun ribbons to match your little girl’s style. And how cute are these for cheer bows or spirit bows?!

The Ribbon Retreat does carry a huge assortment of fun ribbons and so much more! Our prices are amazing, so don’t even worry about going out to the craft store! Shop from the comfort of your own home and save money! We have awesome customer service and shipping as well.

Have fun!

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2 Comments

  1. Rebeca
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I have a question about Fray Check. I have bought the actual “Fray Check” and other fabric sealants, but when I apply it on my ribbon or silk it darkens the colour and just looks wet. It doesn’t actually seal it either. I run my finger along the edge after a while and it still runs….any suggestions? Or is it just for certain types of fabrics?
    How do you use it? I feel like it’s a silly question, but I can’t get it to work.

  2. Rebekah
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I never seal my ribbons with fray check. I find it can often stain the ribbon and doesn’t work well. I always heat-seal them. I’ve never had luck with a wood-burning tool, so I use a lighter. The kind that is more like a torch than just a personal lighter.

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