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How to Make a Ribbon Double Bow

If you’re any kind of hair enthusiast, or perhaps have kids who are, then you’re probably already just as familiar as I am with how trendy hair bows have been lately. In our family, however, thin hair runs in the genes, so a lot of the clip in kinds slide out too easily from my own and my daughters’ hair, as do ribbons. That’s why I’ve been wracking my brains to find a DIY solution so my kids can still wear the hair bows they love without losing them at school! This cute ribbon double bow that I built right onto a hair elastic was the result.

Just in case you love the idea of learning how to make a ribbon hair bow on an elastic too, here are the steps I followed to make it happen! You’ll also find a video tutorial at the end of this post, just in case you prefer to learn more visually.

How to make a ribbon double bow

Stylish how to make a ribbon double bow

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Cord
  • Hair tie

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Materials how to make a ribbon double bow

Step 2:

Start by creating your ribbon using careful folding techniques. Lay a length of ribbon out flat with the designed side that you want to show off in the finished process facing downward, against the surface you’re working on. You want the end of the ribbon (called your “live end”) near your right hand and the rest of the length that you still have to work with gathered to your right. Take that live end and fold it over at a slight angel towards the left, so the cut end sits slightly below the rest of the length, with the two back sides of the ribbon laying against each other.

How to make a ribbon double bow step 2

Step 3:

Pull a portion of the ribbon down in the same manner but from the other direction, taking it from the gathered length of ribbon to your left. Fold it loosely from the left, overtop of your previous fold and downward to the right. Make another fold at that bottom right left corner to pass the longest length of ribbon back up and out of your way behind the first fold you made, which now looks like a loop sitting at the top right corner.

How to make a ribbon double bow fold

Step 4:

Take the long end from where you passed it behind your very first loop and fold it once more, in the top left corner this time, to pass it downward and right once more across the front of your project. You’ll see how this makes you a fourth loop; you now have a top and bottom loop on the left side and a top and bottom loop on the right side.

Step 5:

Pinch your forming bow in the middle so the layers don’t unravel. Feel free to carefully adjust the size and positioning of your loops at this point to sit just so; now is the perfect opportunity to make sure it really looks the way you want it to before you lift it and fasten them more firmly in place. Once you’ve got all your loops where you want them, continue pinching the centre firmly while you pick the bow up. Turn it and pinch the centre more firmly together, cinching it with your fingers so it’s gathered in the middle like an anchor point.