Monday, July 9, 2012

Two Minute Hair Bows

Do you ever have those ideas that are so simple and brilliant that you are either 1) a complete genius for thinking of it or 2) a complete idiot for not figuring it out sooner?

I feel that way about these hair bows.

When I was about 6 months pregnant with Amaani, I became convinced that she'd go bald at an early age (four months old) like her brother. I became obsessed with making hair bows. I hot glued and sewed my little heart out, but the bows never looked right.

However, recently, I've had a lot of success with this new no sew/no glue method.

The secret are these tiny latex rubber bands. Any mom of a little girl knows them-- they come in every color imaginable in packs of hundreds, and are about the size of your pinky.

Just pick out a rubber band that matches your scrap of fabric.

 Accordion fold your scrap.

Wrap a band around it, and you are done! No burnt and pricked fingers.

There are lots of options for attaching the bow to your little ones hair. I normally just slip the bow over a ponytail and call it done, but for extra security, you can attach these to almost anything.  (These are a headband, snap clip, alligator clip, and bobby pin).

You can even use pieces of refashioned clothing. This is a cuff from the shirt I used to make this dress.
 It's simply folded in thirds and rubber banded. It makes a cute bow with no raw edges. 

It works with knits too! This is a piece of ribbing from a collared shirt. 

Even though she never went bald (thank heavens!) I do like to put these in her hair to go with a handmade outfit. It is literally easier to make than to buy, and she always matches!


  1. These look like pro bows and pro pictures!

  2. I am pretty sure this is my new favorite hair bow tutorial! It doesn't get any easier than this!!! Thanks for sharing- you are definitely in the running to contribute on my site! :)

  3. Thanks Ronak! I'll be sure to make you a pair! Steph, I love your website-- thanks for visiting!

  4. With three little girls why did I never think of this?!?

  5. Thanks a lot cute and easy really really. Wonderful moms geniuses :)

  6. Colleen, I was kicking myself when I figured it out! I spent a mini fortune trying to make those fancy ribbon bows!

  7. Gutukas-- thanks for the comment! I checked out your site, your jewelry is beautiful!


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