Loopy Hair Bow Instructions

One of my favorite hair accessories to wear as a kid was a loopy bow.  These are typically made on French barrettes because that is the easiest type to make them on.  While it may be possible to make them on alligator clips, I’ve never attempted it so I’m not sure how the finished product would turn out.

Here’s a Youtube video that shows how to make a loopy hair bow.

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The photo above is a funky loopy hair bow that includes a variety of ribbon and yarn types.  As you can see, the loopy bows can be made in a variety of styles to really make them unique.  I’ve seen ones that use all similar colors and others that use just about every color of ribbon in the rainbow.  You can get very creative when you make this type of ribbon bow!  This is a great bow to make if you have a lot of leftover ribbon you need to use.  However, just be sure you have enough since you’ll need at least a few feet of ribbon, depending on how tall you make each loop.  I like to make my medium sized loopy bows with 1.5-2 inch tall loops.  You can experiment with different heights but make sure that you know the larger the loops you use, the floppier they will be.  For perkier bows, use 1 inch tall loops.  Now go and experiment with making your own loopy hair bows!

Hair Bows You Can Make

This video features photos of some of the types of hair bows you’ll be able to make with “Secrets to Hair Bow Success”. These are hair bows that Emily and I have made and wanted to show you so you know how many kinds of hair accessories you can make with ribbon. Included in the video are layered bows, loopy bows, korker bows, and more.

Some of my very first bows I made years and years ago are included in this video too…can you guess which ones?  I have come a long way since then but I still think they are pretty good for my first ones. :)   Emily taught me how to make bows years ago and since then I’ve been experimenting with new kinds of ribbon and styles to find the ones that I like best.

Which bow will you make first?  Check out all 18 styles of hair bows that I’ll teach you step-by-step in this new video courses…just released in May 2012.  While I’ve been selling hair bow instructions online since 2009, I’m constantly coming up with new courses to be sure that you have the latest techniques and tips to make beautiful ribbon creations.


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It might be overwhelming at first when you take a look at the hundreds and thousands of different hairbows you can learn how to make.  Don’t worry! Just take one at a time…start with the easy bows for beginners then you can work on some of the more detailed ones.

Here are the most popular types of hair bows:

Basic Boutique Bow: (there are 2 ways to make this and in “Secrets to Hair Bow Success” I show you both ways since you might like one better than the other, even though they have the same outcome).


Pinwheel Bow:  This is a basic bow you can make with a couple steps.  The only thing needed is ribbon and a needle and thread to stitch the center together.


Twisted Boutique Bow:  While this hairbow is a little challenging at first, it’s a good idea to practice it and start making it as a beginner because you’ll want to use this often in your layered boutique bows.


If you want to see more of the most popular types of hair bows, take a look at the bows you can find for sale on Etsy.com and you’ll get some good ideas of what is currently selling.

I’m excited to share this video with you so you can learn how to make a bow out of ribbon. In this tutorial I’m using a 1.5 inch wide grosgrain ribbon. If you don’t have any and need to purchase some, visit your local craft store; I got mine at Michael’s. I also love the craft supplies at Hobby Lobby and really wish they had one closer to where I live!

This video is just one sample of the 18 hairbows you can learn how to make on “MORE Secrets to Bow Making Success”.

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If you want to make a simple 4, 6, or even 8 loop hair bow, this video is for you!! With just a piece of grosgrain ribbon (working form the roll!) you’ll be able to make a bow with as many loops as you want. If you liked it, please leave me a tip through Paypal below the video! :)


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Ribbon hair bows are a very popular type of girls hair accessories. There are probably a bunch of images that come to mind when thinking about this type of bow. The one I like best is typically used for a cheerleader bow and looks like the one in the photo below.

Long strands of ribbon are used to make long, flowing strands that will bounce and fly around as your little girl cheers. These popular bows are super easy to make but do take a lot of ribbon to create them, if you want to have long strands. I would suggest using cheaper ribbon like from the dollar bin at Michael’s because you’ll need a few rolls and don’t want to spend a ton of money creating them.

Ribbon Hair Bows for Cheerleading

In my cheer bows course I show you how to make this ribbon bow step-by-step if you are searching for exact instructions on how to make this type of ribbon hair bow. The easy part is that you just need a bunch of grosgrain ribbons or satin ribbons and then a hair tie of your choice (if you are using for a cheerleader bow, be sure there is no metal on the elastic). Additionally you might want to use some hot glue for a secure hold and also a good pair of scissors of course to cut the fabric the correct length. You can use a variety of ribbon widths for this hairbow or you can use all the same widths, it is really up to you! Feel free to experiment with lots of varieties of ribbon and then choose which you like the best.

Start making hair bow ribbons now with your free cheer bow lesson to start.

Ribbon Hair Accessories

Ribbon hair bows are such a broad category of hair accessories so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what type of bow you are looking for. However, I’ve linked to some other posts on my blog that should be helpful to you in your search. Just click on the photo of the hairbow you are looking for and it will bring you to the blog post about that hair bow. (COMING SOON!) :)

Prefer to listen to the blog post instead of read it? Click on the video!