Which hair clip is best to use for hair bows?

Recently on my Facebook page, I received this question, “Can you please tell me the best types of hair bows that are best suited to the following
Baby snap clips
Snap clips
Alligator clips 40mm
Alligator clips 35mm
Mini barrette clips”

Here is my answer:
“It’s really a preference issue because you can make a twisted boutique bow that is just 2 inches across or 6 inches across. I’d say most importantly to check out the size of the hair bow you are making and then add a clip that is proportionate. I wouldn’t use a snap clip on a layered bow, but if would be appropriate for a small tuxedo bow for sure! The alligator clips is what I use for almost every bow I make since they tend to say well in hair and are preferred by a lot of people. For the largest bows I make, I’ve found the French barrettes work the best. But if it’s for a young girl without much hair, I’ll use an alligator clip so they can clip that right on a crochet headband and use that way. Hope that helps!”

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how to make even hair bow loopsQuestion: I always try and measure my loops with my fingers like it is done in the dvd, and they look even until I’ve already finished my bow, and there is always one side that is uneven. What could I be doing wrong? :-(

Answer: If you measure them and they are even but then the finished bow isn’t even it’s because you are most likely not stitching or tying up the exact center.  That would be the reason they would get uneven after initially measuring them.  I’d suggest placing a dot with a pen in the center as soon as you get them measured and even, then when you stitch the center, be sure you are going up the exact middle.

Hope that helps,

Have a question about making hair bows that you’d like the answer to?  Email me and I’m happy to help!

I was recently emailed a photo of a hair bow with a 2 color knotted center. Unfortunately since I couldn’t find the photo rights, I cannot post it here, but it was very similar to the knotted center of the bow below which I found courtesy of Photobucket.com

It looks like what she did is to glue together two pieces of different width ribbon for the center. For example, you could take a 7/8 inch wide ribbon and glue a 5/8 inch ribbon on top of it. Then knot the ribbon and secure to your bow center as you normally would. I’d suggest securing the two ribbons together with some double sided craft tape or just using a few small dabs of hot glue. If you use too much hot glue it will come out lumpy and won’t look great.

Do you have a photo of a hair bow you’ve been wanting to make but need just a bit of help getting there?  Send me a message and I’m happy to help give you some tips on making it.

Do you need help making a specific type of hair bow?  I’d love to help!  Post your question in the comments area below this post.


Here are some of the questions that have been sent in lately:

How do you make a Cheerleading bow?  And also what are the names of the most popular bows girls wear?

“Hello!. How do you make a knot in the center of your bow with 2 different colors of ribbon? Thanks!!”

“How do you make just simple bows like the boutique hair bows?”

“What are the best type/size hair clips to use for different size bows?”

“What is the best type of glue to use for making bows?”


If you’d like to read my answers to these questions, simply click on the question and it will bring you to the blog post answering that question.  Be sure to ask away if you have anything I can help with and I’ll add it to my blog FAQ section to help out others too.

I’m often asked, “Where can I get cheap ribbon online?”  If you live in the US and want to buy lots of ribbon, I’d suggest heading to Hobby Lobby and stocking up on their 50% ribbon sales.  Otherwise I know there are many blog readers and bow makers that live in other countries (I have a ton of customers from Australia!) and want to purchase supplies online and get them shipped.

Now if you want to order in larger quantities (for those making lots of hair accessories to sell!), I’d suggest:  http://www.theribbonretreatwholesale.com/

Otherwise I’d check out these sites:

They have a lot of options for printed fabrics. Also you can usually get some good deals through Ebay if people are de-stashing what they have!  I’ve even seen ribbon and craft supplies for really cheap on Craigslist if your local site is pretty active.


Now that you have your supplies ordered, take a look at a video on some of the ribbon bows you can make!