a long line of colorful homemade hair bowsThis bow is the quintessential girl hair accessory that goes with everything and is darling to boot. 

I love it clipped on the side, but place it right above a pony tail in the back to create a classic look with any outfit.  Grab some scraps and sew up a whole half dozen with me right now!


materials to make a hair boy include a hair dryer and fabric scraps

  • Scrap fabric
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Glue gun
  • Hair clip


squares of fabric scraps laid out

Begin by cutting out a 5”x7” piece of fabric

DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Fold it in half on the long side, right sides together. So now the piece is 3.5”x5”.  Press.


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Stitch a ¼” seam and turn right side out


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Press so the seam is in the center of the back


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Take each end and turn the raw edges in.  Pin in place. 


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Edge stitch each side as close to the edge as possible using a complimentary thread


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Here are all 6 sewn up to this point


cinching in the polka dot bow

Take one piece and grab it in the center and fold it accordion style until all the fabric is gathered together in the center


a sewing machine is used in the middle of the bow

Place the gathered piece and place under your presser foot, making sure even on the sides


6 different diy hair boys

Sew a zig-zag stitch and backstitch several times to secure



DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Now, cut one 2”x3” pieces for each bow


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Fold over the 3” side, wrong sides together and press


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Stitch a ¼” seam down the side.


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Trim the seam allowance down to an 1/8”, turn to right side and press with seam down center back


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Place a generous amount of hot glue on the edge of the strap


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Bring the other side of the strap up and around and secure with the hot glue to form a loop


DIY: Splendid Hair Bow

Once dry, slide the loop over one of the sides of the bow


attaching a barrette to the hair bow

Use hot glue to secure the loop at the back and to attach the hair clip


completed homemade hair bows

Now, you have quite the selection of hair bows for your little one!