Making Hair Bows

by GettingFreedom on September 29, 2009

If you have a daughter then I’m sure you are aware of the price of those cutesy hair bows. Being a frugal momma, I have a very hard time shelling out upwards of $4 for a hair bow, when I usually do not pay that much for her shirt. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want her to have fashion in her hair–I’ve just had to get creative.
I started looking into making my own hair bows last year, and have gotten more comfortable with it the more I’ve made. There are tons of great resources out there.

A handful of my bows.

These are my favorite sites, but a quick google (or swagbucks) search will get you some results, as well.

  • Hip Girl Clips is a forum based site, but it has a bunch of different ideas and instructions for making hair bows/clips. I’ve not frequented it too much, but the members seem very helpful and kind.
  • GirlyThings Bows also has some great information on their site.

I browsed the HipGirl Forum the most, and looked at all their tips and information and basically went from there. I know that I am far from going professional, and I have no intention in doing so. My main goal here is to keep my daughter looking cute, all the while saving some money. Kait loves that she is a part of the process, most of the time, and that we are able to match the outfits we already own. Or, in last year’s case, I couldn’t find a cute Fall shirt–so I made one to match her hairbow.

Don’t mind her goofy expression!

Another thing that helps, is going to a store where they sell bows (Wal-Mart has some to look at) and just looking at the bows. A lot of them use the same technique, just using different ribbons, or adding more in. When you feel you have the idea behind them, just play with your ribbon a bit, lay out a bow and play around. Don’t glue them until you are set on the design you want, and you’ve gotten comfortable with playing with the ribbon. I’m sure that many will disagree with me here, but they don’t have to be perfect if they are just for your use. No one is going to look that close to their bow. Now, if you are making them to sell–that is a whole ‘nother ball game.

I think I will just stick to making them for my own use..I’ve got a long way to go to be professional!

This post is linking to Works For Me Wednesday and Frugal Friday.

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