Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stay-put Hair Bow

Every hair bow I make, that's not a headband, seems to fall our of Juliette's hair, So I was thrilled when I saw my sister-in-law making these. I pulled out the old scrap box when I got home.

The main trick to keeping them in, is to use a contour clip instead of an alligator clip, but if the bow is too heavy it will still fall out. These are just the right size and weight for an everyday hair bow.   

Cut two 2" x 4" rectangles with your fabric folded (cut them at the same time with wrong sides together).
Now leave them just as they are and sew 1/4" in from the edge around the entire rectangle, pivoting at each corner.

pull the little strings on the edges of your fabric to fray it

Using heavy (or upholstery) thread, sew a running stitch down the center of your rectangle, then pull it tight to gather the middle, and wrap the thread around the center a few times and tie it off. 
Now, cut a 2" x 2 1/2" square of the same fabric and press each long side into the center.
Hot glue it around the center of your bow to hide the thread (don't burn yourself), then cut off any excess. Be sure you start and stop your center piece on the back of the bow so you won't see any glue.

Glue it to a contour clip while the clip is open, so you don't accidentally glue it shut.
Wait for it to dry and you're done!


Becky said...

great idea, thanks for sharing!

Nin-Carol said...

Simple and easy. I'll remember this for when my granddaughters are interested.

Stopping in from Fabric Tuesday. My link is http://carolburris.com/quilting/september-dogwood-quilt-update/

Newly Inspired said...

LOVE IT! I'll be making some this weekend! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The frayed looked is adorable! Great idea for keeping the clips in! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

Jennie B. said...


Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

These are so adorable. I have been using alligator clips on bows etc and they do fall right out of my daughter's hair. I loved the frayed edges as well. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
I hope to see you soon,

Nicole said...

How cute, I can't wait to make some! Thanks for sharing.


Katie said...

Super cute idea! I'm your newest follower and would love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy and link this up!

Kids craft ideas said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Very cute!!! We made some like this out of felt once... But I think these turned out cuter! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

Cassandra said...

Love it! I'm adding this to my to-do list... it won't be long until my baby has enough hair to put something cute like this in it!!!


Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Great idea! I never thought about the bows being too heavy! Thanks for joining last week's What's In The Gunny Sack? link party and I hope to see you again for tomorrow's party!