fifteen hair bows - a tutorial


Oversized hair bows are all the rage right now for cheerleading, baton and dance. Of course Saucy wanted to get her hands on some for the Cheerios and did a little investigation on the internet. But the online stores selling bows made with pennies worth of ribbon were way too expensive.

So this frugal Saucy set off to Wal Mart and the dollar store for some supplies to make fifteen flouncy, oversized bows. But she knew they had to be sturdy. They need to survive jumping, stunting and tumbling.

The supplies:



For the basic bow:


For the center part of the bow where it is cinched in the middle:


Saucy decided that good old scrapbooking double-faced tape from the dollar store would adhere the striping ribbon to the wide ribbon - it did the trick.




Saucy's no math whiz and Loopy was at school for the afternoon so she simply "guesstimated" and folded the long strips into threes and cut them like that into equal pieces. It worked out well. Besides, these are hair bows, it's not, like, an exact science.






Tip: don't over-tighten the zip tie at this point. Grab another zip tie and ensure that it can still slip under the tightened tie you attached to the bow... we will be using the same zip ties to attach these to the ponytails... it's a fail proof way to secure them and they will not fall out during the routine.





Don't forget to use something along the tails of the bow such as Fray-Check or, if you have some on hand, clear nail polish works wonders.

You can also dab hot glue on the inside of the bow, underside or wherever you would like to secure it into a nice shape.


And the best part? All fifteen bows cost about the same as one bow at retail price. No kidding. Saucy should start making cheer and dance bows on Etsy. Or, her readers could just use this tutorial.

You're welcome.

** PS. (Added November 2010)... the tutorial on how to make korker cheerleading bows for the next season can be found on my blog here.

29 comments:

Gail :) said...

I already make bows for my daughter, but these are PHENOMENAL!!! Thank you for the tutorial and now I am off to make my cheerios some for our award ceremony! You are the BEST!

Carmen said...

Love these! If I had a cheerleader, I'd definitely be trying these.

Angela said...

Very nice job, Saucy.

I use to make a lot of these when I was the head Floral Designer for Michaels, a long time ago!
Fun!

Love,
Angela

Dreams of Perfection said...

This is such fantastic tutorial! I am always buying these bows! You have made it look so easy to make. Seems almost fool proof if using your instructions.

Saucy said...

This sounds crude but I'm planning to attach the bows to the ponytails (high on top of the head) with a cable tie like I used to make them!

After the performance, I'll use my good sidecutters to just snip each one out.

I've prepped a giant ziploc bag for each Cheerio. In it is: one bow, several zip ties, her pair of funky show socks from Calgary, a styrofoam meat tray that I will distribute the green glitter eyeshadow on, a disposable eyeshadow applicator, extra hair pins, and a lipgloss - I want them all to use in the same shade!!

The super-hold hairspray was marked down to $2.00 a can at Shoppers Drug Mart last week so I've got that and some shine spray ready to go...

jkddz said...

Well we have no bows for baton this year! but BIG BLING buckles on each of her outfits seems to be the in thing for her costumes this year.... Jazz one is a little over the top for me- well the song puts it over (Fire burning on the dance floor-seems more bar like then 9 year old jazz!)

jessielou said...

Genius! I remember being horrified when I found out how much our bows cost when I did cheer at University. Especially since we had to have 'regular' ones, 'competition' ones and 'campus event' ones. INSANE!
Every cheer squad needs one of you :)

Cheergirl2011 said...

You should totally make those and sell them! They are super cute :0 Awesome job!!!!

alittlebitofscrap said...

Adorable!!!

Fleur de Bee said...

I think my favorite part of the whole tutorial was the "you're welcome" at the end! hahaha! Love it! I have made bows but never with the plastic ties....fab idea! Nice job you talented godess!

I'm back to blogging now with school almost out and so it's fun to visit and see just what you're up to and TRY to keep up!

xo Molly

Saucy said...

After I posted this I googled "cheerleading bow tutorial" to see if it would show up as a result (I am a nerd that way!) but an interesting and kind of similar (in an eerie way) post showed up at a really cool blog I've never visited before called "Southern Plate", you should check it out!

Southern Plate's Cheer Bows

Cathy said...

Thank you for the tutorial... and for the link to the other one. As usual, you are generous with information and very gracious to direct us to another blogger.

SandraD said...

This is a great tutorial - you are an awesome coach, not just to the cheerios but to all your readers.

Anonymous said...

Are the Cheerios from Bowman? Do I recognize the Green & Gold????

Faye said...

Thanks I just make a bow for my Cheerio-tryouts for next year are next week -gotta look good at tryouts! I cut largeblack and white polka dot ribbon to size, cut triangles on ends,attached double stick tape to large ribbon, started at one end smoothed smaller green ribbon down middle, then pressed really hard back and forth,cut extra small ribbon ends in triangle,then tied in middle to a thick black elastic ponytail ,tied into her hair-easy peasy-took about 3 minutes. Off to the ribbon store for more! Thanks Saucy!!!!!

Saucy said...

There is a korker hair bow tutorial over here:

Domestically Speaking

I'm going to make them for the Cheerios next year!

Saucy said...

Oh, and yes... the Cheerios are from good old ABCI, home of the Bears!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! I saw them in the pictures you had up later of your Cheerios winning (congrats!) and love that you posted a tut on them... awesome work.

Jane in FL

Missey-B said...

Hi there,
Just wondering if you knew how to do the bows with the sparkly dot fabric?
It's rather expensive to get a ribbon sent to New Zealand from Yella to dissect and inspect - would love it if you had any ideas . . .!?!

Saucy said...

Honestly I think I would make my bows with regular ribbon and add the "bling" after using a hot glue gun and something reflective or some super glue and flat-back rhinestones. Those Yella ribbons are "hella" expensive, I think. Can you get sparkly ribbon in NZ? We don't have anything like that in Canada...

Saucy said...

For another korker bow tutorial visit:

http://shelsmom.blogspot.com/2006/07/korker-hairbow-tutorial.html

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Great tutorial! Off to make 18....yikes, what was I thinking? ~Kelly

Anonymous said...

Where can I find sequin dot ribbon to make large competition bows? Is this a fabric that has to be cut on glued onto grosgrain ribbon? I need 2.25" wide stiff sequin dot ribbon. Thanks, Kay

Saucy said...

Hi Kay,

I think the sequin dot bows are made from fabric - the kind that has fused sequins to it. I've never seen sequined ribbon - at least around here.

The dots on my ribbon are just printed white dots. I suppose sewing individual sequins onto the finished ribbon would be too much work but it would do the trick. Like an ice-skating costume!!

Good luck
Sasha

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Great bows! With a little help from your tutorial and others around blog land, I created 35 hair bows for our teams. I hope you will hop by to check them out. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Anonymous said...

My friend ordered from a site called "Tie A Yella Ribbon", have you ever heard of them? They were expensive and fell apart after the first wear. Thanks for this great tutorial, I'll be making my own from now on!!

xoxo
Deborah
Hickory Creek, TX

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Jenn said...

Cute and simple tutorial! Thanks!!

Jenn from How to Make a Bow

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