Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


DIY Bow Clips

I bought some darling little bow clips from Gymboree a few years ago. (Similar to these.)  After hundreds of hair-dos we have only one or two clips left.  I've always thought I could this type of hair bow myself, (especially since Gymboree charges around four bucks for a set of clips.)  After a little bit of experimentation with different size and types of bows, I did!

Aren't they cute?  After I made these pink ones, I raided by ribbon stash and made a bunch more:

I made all these clips from the instructions below and just by varying the ribbon width and how I trimmed the ribbon "tail", I got several different looks.  The clips would make a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for any little girl!

Here is how to make your own set of Bow Clips:

Materials needed

  • Snap clips with holes on the end (Like these) (I painted my clips with fingernail polish and spray paint)
  • Grosgrain ribbon ( I preferred the 1/2 inch or 7/8 inch ribbon. The gold clip used 1/2 inch ribbon  and the pink one above it is 7/8 inch ribbon.)
  • needle and thread
  • Hot glue
  • Fray check or a lighter to seal the ribbon edges.

1.  Cut a piece of ribbon to about 14.5 inches.  Fold the ribbon as shown below.

This is how it looks from the side:

2.  Pinch/scrunch the bow together at the center and securely tie it to form the bow.  This is when it would help to have an extra set of hands (a toe works too, just don't tell anyone...)  

Trim the string.

3.  Cut a 2nd piece of ribbon about 4 inches and tie a simple knot in the center of the ribbon.

 4.  Add a dot of glue to the center of the bow:

5.  Press the knot into the glue.

6.  Flip the bow over and add a tiny dot of glue to the back side.  Fold over one edge of the ribbon, and press into the glue.  (You don't want to use too much glue here, because you still need to be able to sew through the back of the bow.  I tried to make this without using glue, but it was too hard to keep the ribbon in place while sewing.) 

Trim the ribbon edges on this small piece of ribbon and seal the edge with a lighter or fray check.

7. Fold the second ribbon flap over and sew in place.

8.  Sew the bow onto the clip.  (I don't recommend using glue to attach the ribbon to the clip.  I once bought a clip set from the dollar store that had used glue and the bow barely stayed attached through one day of school.

9.  Trim the bow's ribbon edges and seal.  You can tuck the ribbon edges in:

or trim the edges in a decorative shape and pull them out...

Try them on...

Have fun making your own hair bow clips!

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  1. OMG this is TOO CUTE!!!! I have to try it for my daughter...I can never do bows but this looks simple enough for me to try.

  2. The clips and your model are darling! I love the clips like this at Gymboree, but you are right, they are expensive. I just might make some of these and use them as stocking stuffers.

  3. She is too precious! I just bought some snap clips and wasn't sure what to do with them. Thnaks for the idea.

  4. These are just too cute. Brings back memories when my daughters were young:) Now following via Facebook and GFC:)

  5. Great project !

    I would love you to come and share it at my Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party

    Hope to see you there:)

    Claire@ Polkadot pretties x

  6. cute and quirky!

  7. These are awesome! I know my daughter would love 'em. The'd be great for she and I to make together, too!

    We'd love it if you'd stop by and share it at our Linky Party:

    Hope you stop by!

  8. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party.

  9. These are really cute! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Beautiful! And I love that it saves some cash too. :)

    I'm starting a brand new link party today. I'd love for you to come link up.

  11. What a great tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  12. Someone sent me a question in an email and I thought I would put my response here in case any one else wondered:

    Hi, the nail polishes I used were quick dry formulas. one from Sally Hansen and the other from NYC, nothing special. The spray paint was Krylon indoor/outdoor from my local hardware store. The spray paint left a prettier finish, but stayed sticky for a few days. The nail polish has held up very well but was more difficult to paint with.

    Good luck,

  13. How could I make these no-slip for baby fine hair???
    Awesome tutorial...just found your blog and I'm seriously scouring every corner!!! You haveit ALL!!!


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