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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blue and Silver Christmas - Day 21 - Ribbon Gift Bow Headbands and Hair Clips

I've seen a lot of homemade gift bows out there this season. I think the original tutorial came from How About Orange:

I saw these back in November and made a few out of magazine pages and loved them. Then I thought, "these would be super cute hair clips or headbands!"

First I tried making them out of some charmeuse fabric, but it was so floppy. I wasn't feeling the love for it. I even attempted a couple different techniques to make the fabric stiffer (like a good inventor). Mod Podge?  A mess. It eventually dried decent but definitely not worth the hassle it was to get even one strip stiff.

Heated sugar water? A VERY sticky mess that never dried!


Needed a new medium, the fabric I was using wasn't cutting the cheese. Ribbon!! 

And I shortened the length and used a smaller width to keep them more firm and crisp looking.

So for this larger blue one I used the instructions shown on the How About Orange site (link above), but I cut the lengths to 6", 5", and 4". I think center was 2". And I hot glued them instead of stapling. I also considered stitching them, but mostly I was feeling lazy and didn't want to go upstairs to get my sewing crap out.

 Once I had the bow completed, I cut out two circes from some flannel fabric I had on hand. Felt also works great with hot glue. Put glue all over one circle and then attach it to the bottom of the bow. Put glue on the second circle, open the clip, and sandwich the top "jaw" of the clip between the flannel circle on the bow and the glued side of the second circle. Underneath should look like this when finished:  (but more centered...leave me alone..)

The smaller ones were cut out of 3/8" ribbon at 5", 4.25", and 3.5". The smallest was still 2".

This time I made a headband. I used the same 3/8" ribbon and wrapped it around an old lame-o Disney princess headband and hot glued the ends down. Still attached the flannel circle and then sandwiched the headband between two flannel pieces. This particular one I did two small bows side by side.

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Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,


  1. They look great. Lil cutie looks like a pretty present.

  2. So cute, I had done the same thing but used felt.

  3. Oh, these are adorable! I love this idea, and your daughter looks just precious! :)

  4. Those are so cute!!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! :)

  5. I love these kind of bows. I am featuring it today at

  6. These are so pretty. Any little girl would fee special. Thanks so much for linking up to my Open House!

  7. I love this!! Thank you for the idea.

  8. I featured you today! Happy Holidays!


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  10. Too cute!

    Come enter for a free paper bead necklace from Heart Strings for Orphans!

  11. These are so clever. What a fun idea. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. This would be a great girl's birthday present.

  12. they look so pretty in ribbon!

  13. Hello! I found you at Keeping It Simple and I am loving your blog! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express giveaway and my link party that are both going on this week! Keep up the great blogging and happy holidays! -Dana

  14. Precious headband, Charlie. Your little model is even cuter! Thanks for sharing.



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