Tulle & Ribbon Scrap Bows

Tulle & Ribbon Scrap Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

I am a ribbon hoarder.
It got to the point where my husband told me that I was not to bring any more ribbon into my house until I had used all the ribbons I had purchased.

I love to make hairbows for my daughters (and when my first daughter was born, she had a matching bow to go with every outfit!), but it’s hard to find the time to sit down and tie a million ribbons together in complicated ways. As I was looking at my ribbon stash, I realized that there had to be a way to use up some of my ribbon collection and a fast way to make some cute bows for my girls.

So, I started cutting my ribbon into small lengths, using all those random pieces of ribbon that I never threw away, and the end result was a cute and easy “scrap” bow- using all my scraps!

Over the years, I have made dozens and dozens of these bows- they really are my go-to bow when I need to quickly make a hairbow for my girls. I love that you can make them as small or as big as you like (bigger is better in my humble opinion . . . my husband completely disagrees!).

Here are the easy step-by-step instructions to make your own Tulle and Ribbon Scrap Bow:

bows 1First, gather all your scraps of ribbon.
If you are not a ribbon hoarder like myself, check out the ribbon Grab Bags from The Ribbon Retreat.
For a low price, you can purchase an entire bag full of a huge assortment of ribbon scraps!

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Organize all your ribbons by color- this will help make the job easier when you decide what color of bow you want to make.
(And they look pretty! Ha ha!)

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Decide what color scheme you want for the bow.
My cute daughter has a lady bug shirt and wanted a fun bow to match.
(If you want to cut out the decision making process, The Ribbon Retreat sells ribbon packs with pre-matched colors that look so cute together!)

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Cut all your ribbons to be about 6-7 inches long. If the ribbon is wrinkly, use an iron on a warm setting to get the wrinkles out.
I also like to use Ric Rac in these bows- really, scraps of anything will do!

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To add extra volume and texture to the bows, I like to use tulle in-between my ribbon.
I found these mini tulle rolls for only $1.99 and they work perfect for these bows! I love that they are only 3″ wide.

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Cut off 3-4 pieces of tulle, each about 6 inches long. I like to use more than one color of tulle, but go with whatever you like best!

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Now that your ribbons and tulle are all cut, it’s time to start stacking them. Make an “X” by having your ribbons cross in the center of the bow.
I usually layer 2 pieces of ribbon and then alternate with a piece of tulle. You can do as much or as little ribbon and tulle as you like.

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Once you are done stacking, pinch all your ribbons and tulle together in the middle.

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Using a piece of craft wire, wrap the wire around the middle (right where you were pinching the ribbons together).

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Trim the edges down- you can make this bow as big or as little as you want by how much you trim each side.
I like to cut the ribbons at different angles to give it a more textured look.

bows 11Take a piece of ribbon (about 6 inches long) and tie a simple knot in the middle.

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Put a dot of hot glue on the back of the knot and stick it right on the wire wrapped around the ribbon.
Wrap the ribbon around the back of the bow and glue both pieces down.

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Trim any extra pieces hanging over (this is the back of the bow).

bows 12.1As far as hardware, I prefer to use 3″ French Barrettes (for my 5 year old with thick hair) and single-pronged alligator clips (for my baby).
(You can get 20 of each barrette and clip for less than $2 at The Ribbon Retreat!)

Tulle & Ribbon Scrap Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Using a hot glue gun, glue your barrette or clip to the back of the bow and you are good to go!

Tulle & Ribbon Scrap Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Like I said . . . bigger is better!! 🙂

Tulle & Ribbon Scrap Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
And since the grab bags from The Ribbon Retreat come with SO much ribbon, you can whip out a ton of bows in NO TIME at all!
Each grab bag has enough ribbon for you to make many hair bows!

Happy Bow Making!
Camille Sig

*For this post, I was provided with some supplies from The Ribbon Retreat, but the opinions and ideas are my own.

Thank you and WELCOME Camille! I love, love, love those bows! What a fun and easy way to use up your ribbon scraps! Ribbon hoarders UNITE. Hehehe! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents and your Tulle & Ribbon Scrap Bows with us!

Isn’t it so exciting to have Camille from Six Sisters’ Stuff with us today? Can I get a big Whoop, whoop!!!! Camille is an amazing person and extremely talented. She is one of six sisters who are magnificent, innovative, and some of the nicest ladies you will ever meet. I am so honored to have Camille share these adorable bows with us!
Camille and her sisters would love for you to pay them a visit at Six Sisters Stuff. You will be truly inspired by their talents and ready to put on the apron to cook and get out the sewing machine and craft bin to craft, craft away!

Happy Creating!
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  1. Carol Lowe
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    I love your how – to tutorials. This scrap bow is great! Something different for my granddaughters. Thanks! Carol

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Carol! You are so welcome! So glad you like these adorable bows. Have a wonderful day and thank you Carol!!! 🙂

  2. Milly
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I just want to say, thank you, thank you, thank you, my baby is 18 months old and her hair is out of control, lol but with this tutorial I will be able to make all the bows I want and fast!! Love it!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      Hi Milly! Yay! Aren’t these bows so dang cute and fun! I bet your baby is going to look amazing with her cute little hair in these bows!!! Thanks Milly! 🙂

  3. Posted June 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    So cute and easy to make!! Love!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Priscilla! Thank you! They are so cute aren’t they! Camille rocks! 🙂

  4. ma isidra
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    ¡¡¡¡¡¡ fantástica idea !!!!!, me encantó, bendiciones, gracias por compartir.

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