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Valentine’s Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows

I can’t get enough of big, full bows that just happen to be absolutely adorable too! I just love them and today’s hair bow is just perfect for the holiday of love and accessorizing little Valentine’s Day outfits! Grab your favorite ribbon and join Mary as she shows how to make these fabulous Stacked Korker Hair Bows that look incredible sitting atop fun piggy tails, a sweet headband or placed next to lovely locks! Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hello everyone, Mary Conway here with some fun Stacked Korker Valentine’s Day Hair Bows! These bows are pretty fun to put together and look adorable on your little sweetheart. Korkers have always been one of my favorite bows to make and put on my little sweetheart. Why not stick it inside of another bow?!!

List of supplies you will need for this project:
4 different types of 3/8″ ribbon, either grosgrain or woven is fine
one patterned 7/8″ ribbon
1.5″ ribbon pattern of choice
wooden dowels and clothespins, I believe I used 1/4″ dowels, or one size larger…it’s more about preference, the thinner the dowel the tighter your curl will be
scissors
lighter
glue gun and sticks
oven
baking sheet and tinfoil
strong thread and needle
fabric starch

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Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. First start off by wrapping your 3/8″ ribbon onto your dowels. Start and end by securing with a clothespin on each end. Wrap your ribbon tight and without spacing. Wrap 2 dowels for each ribbon selection for a total of 8 dowels. Place your dowels on a baking sheet covered in tin foil. Place in your oven for 20-25 minutes. While these are baking we can make our surround a bows for the bottom layer of our stacked bow!

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I have created a template out of just a cardboard box cut to 7 inches wide, you can cut it as long as you like as long as it’s at least 5 inches. I cut a slit in the exact middle. Start off by laying and centering your 7/8″ ribbon on top of your 1.5″ ribbon. Cut ribbon at a diagonal and heat seal the ends. Place ends over center by about 2 inches.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Wrap around two times, 2nd time just crossing over center to opposite side and cutting another tail about 2 inches past center cut of your template. Cut at a diagonal and heat seal again. Repeat this step if you are making 2 bows for pigtails.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Place a pin in center of your ribbon, where your cut in template is. Then carefully slide ribbon off keeping that single loop as you slide. Take the inner loops up and outer loops down forming a butterfly shape.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Take your needle and strong thread and weave in and out so that you have two top stitches and a gap in between those right across the middle of the bow so you get nice creases.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Pull your stitches tight and wrap your thread around center several times, sew from top to bottom and then knot in back several times.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ok, that korker ribbon should be done cooking now, so take them out and let them cool a bit. Once they are cooled, slide each ribbon strand off your dowel and cut into 2 inch pieces. Make two rows with your ribbon, one for each bow.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Take your needle and knotted thread, stack all your korker ribbon in one row onto your needle. Place your thumb and finger on bottom of needle so that your ribbon does not slide off the needle onto the thread.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Once all pieces are stacked, squeeze and hold ribbons firm from top to bottom and pull your thread up through the stack. Push your needle back through very close to where you stitched up, make sure not to intertwine any curls in your thread as you do this and don’t let the center shift. Cut threads off at bottom and make a couple knots there.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Repeat these steps to form your 2nd korker bow, if making for pigtails. Place all your bows back onto your tin foil lined baking sheet and spray with starch. I spray them with quite a bit so they hold up for a long time. Place in an oven heated at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they are dry. Then let cool for a few minutes.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Place some hot glue on the bottom of your korker bow and attach to the center of your surround a bow. Line your alligator clips with ribbon and attach to back of bow. For pigtails make sure you place your clips going opposite ways.

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Annnndd voila you are done! Thank you so much for reading along with me, and I hope you have fun making your own set! Remember you can mix up the ribbon and make these for anything you like!

Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Valentine's Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!


Thank you Mary for sharing such a fun bow perfect for your little sweetie to wear to all of her Valentine’s Day parties! These cute Stacked Korker Hair Bows are adorable, full and not only perfect for the holiday of love but for all year long, every holiday and special occasion. With all of the ribbon options at The Ribbon Retreat, you could make an eye catching Stacked Korker Hair Bow for every day of the year. How does that sound?

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13 Comments

  1. April
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Would the baking method for the spirals work with satin ribbon as well? Or would I have to modify it somehow?

    • April
      Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Also wanted to ask if it would work with double faced satin. The color I want isn’t available in the single face satin.

    • Mary
      Posted January 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi April! I have made korkers with satin and it does work, it seems to squish down a bit more so just account for more ribbon and follow the starch process to set those curls! Thanks for following along!!

  2. Pat C.
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the easy-to-follow tutorials, Mary! You’ve given me hope that one day I will actually make a bow other than flower loop (http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/flower-loop-bow.html) or gathered ribbon (http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/ribbon-circle-halloween-bow.html) ones! Not that they aren’t lovely, but I think my recipients are getting a little tired of them! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 2, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much! You can totally make these fun bows. I know you can! 🙂 You are awesome Pat and I am sure that the recipients of your beautiful bows LOVE them!! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted February 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Such beautiful bows for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for linking up with us at Motivational Monday! Hope you’ll join us again this week 🙂 http://makingitinthemitten.blogspot.com/2015/02/motivational-monday-february-8th.html

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Melanie! Thank you! I am so glad you like these fun bows! Have a wonderful day and see you again soon! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted February 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. That would be so awesome.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Girls! Thank you so very much! You ladies rock! Thanks for the pin and tweet! Have a wonderful day and see you soon! Michelle 🙂

  5. Posted February 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    These are super cute! Thanks for sharing this tutorial at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Hi Christie! Thank you! I am so glad you like these festive bows! Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  6. Jacqueline Belinfant
    Posted February 20, 2015 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Do you have a video on you tube? I am a beginner learning the craft . I love your hair bow designs

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 2, 2015 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jacqueline! Thank you so much for your question. Yes, we have videos on how to make the different parts of this fun bow. You would just have to view the couple different bow techniques in order to create the layers of this bow. The first layer is an Inside Out Hair Bow. You can find that video tutorial HERE. You can find the video tutorial to make the Korker Hair Bow HERE. Good luck and have so much fun creating your bows! Michelle 🙂

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