Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial

Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog



Supplies you will need:
Mix of or either 2 1/4″ Ribbon & 3″ Ribbon


Now silly me also forgot to order matching center ribbons…so don’t forget that!! Luckily my insane amount of ribbon I have was either a close or actual match to what I needed but you will need to order coordinating colors in either 3/8″ or 7/8″ width to cover your middles, I will show you both.
Other supplies for this tutorial include:
• A piece of cardboard (like a side of a box will do)
• Needle & Heavy Duty Thread
• Scissors (and don’t use your nice craft ones on the cardboard!!)
• Glue Gun
• Clips of choice I used 60mm French Clips for mine, my daughter has thin hair I would use 80mm for thick hair and 3/8″ ribbon to line it with.
• Measuring Tape
• Lighter
So the “XL” template I have used in the past measures 7″ and makes about a 5″ bow, which could be used for these. In fact for the 2 1/4″ ribbon I prefer using the 7″ template but for the 3″ ribbon, I wanted something a bit bigger…remember I said we are going big!
I’m going to start off by showing you how I make my templates, it’s easy and if you have some cardboard laying around (like I always do!) then it’s free!! This 9″ template will create a 7″ finished bow.
Start off with a piece of cardboard, measure out 9″, I drew a line and then cut.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Measure the middle (4.5″) and then cut a slit down the middle. Then trim off any excess cardboard off the top, it doesn’t need to be super tall mine probably measures about 5-6″.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cut your ribbon at an angle and heat seal it with a lighter.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Place your ribbon end over your 2nd half of template like this:
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Wrap around twice, the 2nd time ending on the opposite side of template. Place a pin in the middle down your opening that you cut. Cut your ribbon at an angle again and heat seal.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Carefully slide your ribbon off your template, making sure your pin stays in place. Bring the inside loops up and the outside down to form a small “X”, we don’t want to spread these loops out as much as some of the other bows I’ve made.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Grab your needle and thread, sew down the middle, weaving in and out so that you see your ribbon from top view 2-3 times. This will give your bow nice creases and help it lay nicely.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Pull your thread tight and wrap it around the center 3 times. Pull your needle from the top to the bottom after and knot the thread in back a couple times.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Grab your french clip and line the back with 3/8″ ribbon, the color doesn’t have to match as you will not see it when the bow is worn.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Attach to back of your bow, I like my opening of clip to be placed on left, but you can place either way.
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Attach your center ribbon starting in the back, attaching underneath the clip mechanism. Bring around and glue other end again in back. For this one I used 3/8″ ribbon. But, I prefer the look of the 7/8″ ribbon in the middle with a knot (you can see my group photo for examples).
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Jumbo Hair Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog