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DIY Big Bow Headbands

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My daughter has quite the collection of plain and solid headbands.  Her bangs have finally grown out enough to tuck behind her ears and she can wear the headbands more on top of her hair.  (They stay put better this way…)

I saw a cute headband with a big bow at Gymboree recently.  I really liked the big bow headband but didn’t want to spend $7.00 on it, especially when I had all the supplies I would need to make one already in my craft room.

So I got to work and of course, I didn’t stop at one…

For these bows, I used the pattern from my Boy’s Bow Tie Tutorial, just using a larger piece of fabric.  It’s a perfect project for using up fabric scraps.

Ready to make some?

Materials needed for the Big Bow headband:

  • 1 Fabric piece 11 x 13 and one fabric piece 2.5 x 2.75
  • Needle and thread
  • Small piece of felt
  • Headband (It helps to use a fabric covered headband. This gives you one more place to put stitches to keep the bow in place.  If your head band is plastic or metal, you may want to add a dot of glue to ensure the bow does not move.)


1.  Cut your fabric pieces to the sizes specified above.  Go the the Boy’s Bow Tie tutorial and follow the instructions, stopping once the bow is made. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless your fabric is particularly thick, in that case, you should use a scant 1/8 inch seam allowance when sewing the loop that goes around the bow.  (If you don’t, the fabric might be too thick to pull through the loop.)

2.  Cut a small oval of felt and thread your needle.


Line up the bow on the headband. (If your headband is plastic, add a drop of glue to keep the bow in place.)  Hand stitch the bow to the headband.  Make sure to put a couple of stitches through the fabric of the headband.

That’s it!

Cute isn’t it?  I liked the look of the bow being a little lower on the headband and not sitting on top of her head like Minnie Mouse…  She has a pair of gold metallic skinny jeans that are perfect with this bow!



Make your own Big Bow Headbands with this super simple tutorial! #hairbows

For the St. Patrick’s Day bow, I didn’t have a large enough scrap of fabric, so I sewed 2 pieces together, ( measuring 5.75 by 6.75)  The next time I piece together 2 pieces of fabric, I’ll use interfacing, because the bow just didn’t have the same amount of “body” the others had.  (but it’s still cute!)

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  1. Very clever! My daughter would love these. You could get that expensive matchy look for very cheap.

  2. Mandy Beyeler says:

    thanks for joining up and linking at Take-A-Look Tuesday – – just wanted to give you a heads up that I featured you yesterday!!
    –Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

  3. Sarah Vanderkooy says:

    Love these, why buy when you can make! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I LOVE this tutorial. Those headbands are so cute.

  5. Elizabeth Dovey says:

    I made my daughter a red bow from this tutorial to go with her snow white dressing up clothes. So sweet!

  6. Steph @ Three Loud Kids! says:

    ok, these are adorable! My daughter loves big bows so I have got to make some of these!

  7. Simply D Constructed says:

    I seriously think I could make at least a dozen of these in one sitting, without even thinking about it. So many options in colors and fabrics! My girls would love them!

  8. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says:

    Too too cute! I wonder if my three year old would wear headbands? 😉