Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boutique Bow Tutorial

For the last two weeks I have been linking up over at I love you more than carrots Project Pinterest! Party. Basically the premise is to complete one pin from your no doubt many boards to complete and then share at the link party on Monday.

This week I decided to tackle making a boutique bow for Violet. I got the inspiration for this bow from this tutorial from Mommy's Little Sunshine Pin. I didn't follow her tutorial exactly so I am going to show what I did. I think the boutique bow is something you can really make your own.


  • Ribbon in different patterns & widths
  • Hair clip
  • Headband
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue
First I cut my base ribbon and then I hot glued the ends together. I eyeballed the ribbon and cut the, to be the same size. Just cut the ribbon to the length you want.

After gluing the ends together, you overlap two pieces and glue them together. Then I took one set if the glued together ribbon and set it down and the. Took the second and laid it on top to form an X and secured with hot glue.
For the next layer I decided to use the purple ribbon to form an X, in the top picture you can see how I folded the ribbon and cut it to get angled edges. The bottom picture shows how I secured the ribbon to the bow base.
Next I cut my smallest width ribbon. Again, I eyeballed the length so I don't have exact measurements. Form a loop with the small ribbon and secure with glue.
Make four small ribbon loops total the. Secure two of them together, layer onto the bow and secure with glue.
I used another small ribbon and made two more sets of loops, here they all are glued to the bow.
At this point I wasn't sure if the bow was complete or not so I decided to attach the hair clip and tested it out on my model. My hair clip is a double prong alligator clip already lined with ribbon. You can line it yourself or leave plain if yours is not lined.

I didn't love the way it looked so I decided to add a little bow in the middle.
I made two loops and attached them together, you can see how the overlapping ribbons made a square shape.
I am not an expert in making bows like this but I do my best. I glued down one end and then the next.
The front of the bow is below, I pinched the center together and secured with glue.
I cut a pice of ribbon and used it to cover the center of the little bow. You can see in the picture how I folded the ribbon to make it narrow enough.
Tada! Pretty finished bow.
My little model was busy eating....
I love how my first ever boutique bow turned out. I have made little bows before but nothing like this. The best thing about these bows are there are so many different ways and ribbon combinations you can use!
I have special plans for this bow but you will have to stay tuned for that project reveal.
Happy Bow Making and make sure to check out Project Pinterest!

I'm Topsy Turvy


  1. How fun! I need to learn to make bows...

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  2. This is an awesome tutorial. I never really knew how to make one and you made it look super easy! And of course, one of the best ones I seen too... well crafted girl!!!

  3. That's adorable!! I've always wanted to try making a bow :) I need to get some ribbon now!! Great tutorial.

  4. Hello Leslie! Found you at the Make the Scene Monday Blog Hop ^^ Nice blog, liked it a lot so I'm following Cool bow tutorial too!!! : ) Hope you get a chance to visit my blog too xx

  5. Oh my goodness! Those are adorable!! Great tutorial too...I think I can do this now!

  6. This is so cute! I only have boys or I would be a bow making fool! Stopping by from the link up.

  7. What a great tutorial! You make it look so easy! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up!

  8. From the link up! Good job! I've made a few bows too, haven't conquered any big ones like this yet though!

  9. This is super cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Bonny @

  10. Wow! You are super talented Momma! No baby girls around here yet, but this will be a perfect gift!

  11. What an awesome bow! The model is super duper cute too! That little face with that great big colorful bow brought a smile to my morning! Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!

  12. Super cute! I need to start looking back through my Pinterest boards and crossing things off too! I might just have to join that link party.

    Thanks for linking up at Keep Calm & Link Up this weekend! We're thrilled you chose to party with us :o)
    xo, Meredith @

  13. C'est trop mignon!!! ( means, that's so cute). Thank you for sharing

    I stopped by via the keep calm linky, I pinned it and I'm now a GFC follower ;)

  14. Adorable!!! I always wondered how to make these!! Thank you so much for sharing at Artsy Corner!! Keep up the amazing work, can't wait to see what you share with us this week :)

  15. Thanks for submitting your tutorial over at And Sew We Craft!

    We will be sharing it tomorrow :)

    Amy x

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