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Hey, it's Chelsy, with a Y! I am a wife to my sweet prince, and mother to one spunky little princess and one handsome little ham of a prince. Painting is my drug of choice. Wine is good too. I'm known to speak without thinking and eat to much chocolate. I love meeting new people, and learning new things. So this is my journey through some not so glorious moments, some not so intelligent thoughts and some possibly crafty ideas.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The ULTIMATE Hairbow tutorial- PT.2

First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU to all my prayer warriors. The fires around us here in Texas are still blazing, but the wind has stopped and the humidity is not nearly as dry as it has been. Please keep praying for all the families, firefighters, and the search teams.

Alrighty peeps, who wants to make another hair bow? You do?! Well, lets get to it then! If you read the above paragraph you know that I live in Texas. And if you know that I live in Texas you know that with the start of football, people be crazy. And if you know that I live in Texas, it's football season, and we're crazy about football, then you know we have to do it BIG! That means big bows! These are my "Homecoming Bows", it's almost like wearing a mum in your hair. Do other states have mums? Is that just a Texas thing? Hmmmm?

3/8, 5/8, 7/8 and 1.5in Ribbon
Large alligator clip
Hot glue
Embroidery thread
Embellishments (beads, chains, bells, ect.)
Pony O, or Hair clip

These bows can be as big or as small and as elaborate or simple as you want. I'm going to go through the steps on how I made this particular one, then you can use your creative juices and make your own. Sound good? Let's go!

First of all you need to know how to make a Tails Down Bow, it's really simple once you get the hang of it, but it is a lot of folding, so be patient with yourself. I'm using 1.5in wide grossgrain ribbon. I don't cut the ribbon off of the roll to make these. I find it is easier to get it the way I want by having all the ribbon at my fingertips.

 Decide how long you want your "tails" and hold the ribbon with your left hand(or your right hand, if you're left handed) like so:
 With your right hand make a loop behind the tail.
(OH...look...there's that ugly thumb again;)
 Then make a loop on the opposite side.
Your bow should look like this after your two loops:

Here's where it gets a little tricky, especially if you have small chubby fingers like me, ha! Make another loop on the left side, then one more on the right.

At this point you should have four loops total.

Take your alligator clip and clamp down the middle. Then take your string and tie your bow tight.

Now cut your second "tail" that's still attatched to the roll off even with the first. And there you have it!

Next we are going to make one more Tails Down Bow. This time with only two loops, it should look just like a simple bow. I'm using 7/8in ribbon for this one. Try to make them as even as possible, but if they aren't it's not that big of a  dea because it will be covered up.

 Now we are going to make your "streamers". The measurements of the streamers will depend on how long your tails down bows are. Streamers are really great for using up your scrap ribbon, because they can be any length or size. Gather up 4-6 coordnating ribbons and place the middle of  them all in your clip and tie them together.
 Finally comes the assembly! The largest tails down bow will be in the back, then your streamers, and finally your small bow on top. Tie them all together, as tight as possible, with your thread. Take a 6in length of your 7/8in ribbon and tie it in a knot. The knot will be in the middle and your two long end will wrap around the bow. Glue in place then attatch to your clip.

 I get a lot of requests for these bows to be on pony o's, if you prefer them that way then the only thing I would do differntly is glue your pony o on before you glue the ribbon around the middle. Like this:

Then glue the ribbon over it. That's it! Not too hard is it?

Now then, go make yourself some cute-ness!!

Please email me or comment below if you have any questions. You can comment even if you don't have a question, it would make my day!

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Little of This, Little of That said...

Too cute! We've been gone from Texas for almost 7 years now and I was so surprised when I saw my nieces' mums last year! They were huge!!! I know they don't do them in Arizona or Georgia. My girls have started cheerleading so we're back into the bows now so I love this tutorial! Thank you!

Dara Lynn said...

Since I have 3 boys ...I lost touch on how to make these....like Texas...in Oklahoma, the bigger, the longer the tails, with all the bling, the better!!! Thanks for reminding me on how to make these!

ukulelecrazy said...

I am a high-school girl, and I am obsessed with hair bows. The bigger, the better. (: I love to sew, so I've already made several--but this is such a great idea! I've never seen anything like it, and I can't wait to make one. :P

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Elizabeth Jayne said...

I make streamer ponytail bows for my daughter's soccer team and every season they get a little bit bigger and a little bit better. I don't know how I'll be able to go any bigger or better than these though so I see that trend coming to an end!!

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