Scrap-Busting Hair Bows

Jessica from Sew Home Grown is here with a tutorial for these adorable and crazy-easy little hair bows. They are so sweet and fast that I couldn’t resist sitting down immediately to make four. If you NEED to make some for your cutie-pie’s Easter basket (and, trust me, you do) here are the details!

Take it away Jessica!

Thanks Prudent Baby girls for having me on! These hairbows are easy, sweet, and a great way to use up fabric scraps!

I saw this bow on Anthro:

It’s cute, but it is 7″ wide and 5″ tall.  Pretty big bow.  I wanted to make a few last minute bows to slip into Charlotte’s Easter Basket – somehow our bows are always disappearing.  I altered the bows to be about 2″ wide and 1 1/2″ inches tall.  I made two of each color so she can have one on each side.  If you want to make some for your little one’s Easter Basket here’s what you’ll need:

Fabric scraps (at least 3″x2 1/2″)
Sewing machine/thread/scissors
Hair clip
Wire (I used the kind for jewelry making)
Hot glue
Paint chips (optional)

Step 1:  Cut out your fabric scraps 3″x 2 1/2″.  Cut two rectangles out for one bow.  Since I made 8 bows, I cut out 16 rectangles.

Step 2:  Lay the fabric right sides together and stitch around 3 sides, leaving one end open (like sewing a tiny pillowcase).

Step 3: Flip it right sides out and turn the raw edges inside. Press. Topstitch the opening closed (editor’s note: I top-stitched all the way around.)

Step 4:  Now twist the rectangle once so that it makes a bow shape. Wrap the wire around the middle a few times so that it will hold it’s shape.

Step 5:  Hot glue the bow to a hairclip.
Let it dry and that’s it!

Step 6:  I had a few paint chips lying around so I made some slits in the cards with an exacto knife

and clipped the bows onto them.

Perfect way to slip them into her little Easter Basket!

Happy Easter everyone! jessica

We are in crunch-mode for handmade Easter but you definitely have time for these little bows. What do you think? Cute, right? Leave a fun comment and you could be the winner of the Gingercake Art Tote Caddy!




These are so cute! I love fabric hairbows. I just made some for a friend's flower girls by adapting your bowtie pattern (by adapt I mean glue an alligator clip to the back). They turned out great! I'll definitely try these next.


Wow! I'm impressed…..this is also an easy solution to finding a bow to match my daughter's dress! Duh….use a scrap! Thanks for sharing!
Love it, love it, love it!!


I really love this idea, it's so cute!! I haven't wanted to invest in all the ribbon and junk for making traditional bows for my daughter, but I've already got fabric scraps lying around!!! Thanks for the tute!


Yippee! Not only are these so cute, but it will help me with using up my bits and ends. Great project, thanks!


I must make some of these for my daughter! I don't want to cut her hair but the front is starting to get long enough to get in her eyes.


I just made some dresses using some patterns off prudent baby and now they will have the perfect accessories. Thanks for sharing!!!


So funny, I JUST made fabric bows like these last night to match pillowcase dresses I was putting in my nieces baskets ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn't use wire though, instead I just gathered the middle and stitched it together. Then, I take a piece of the same ribbon that I used in the dress, grabbed a 1" piece of it, tied a knot in the middle, and glued that around the center, and then attached it to the clip. Complete matching outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the paint chip idea though!


I LOVE it! I'm thinking contrasting fabrics, so a different color shows when you twist. Very cute for play days ๐Ÿ™‚


These are adorable! Too bad my girl doesn't have enough hair to wear them just yet. Also is 25 too old to wear bows in your hair?


I love these little bows. All my girls are grown (12, 14 and 19), but I love to make things for little girls to gift at Christmas time. We always make a point of going around to the charity trees and taking a card or two from each.

The only change I would make to these is to add a coordinating button or ribbon to cover the wire. Otherwise, these are perfect. Thank you for the tutorial!


Can't wait for naptime to try these! I think I'll also add a little something to cover the wire…even a little strip of the same fabric would be cute.


Perhaps try them without covering the wire first. There's something funky (and less like everything else) about it exposed. Plus a few less steps. Of course they will be cute covered too!


I hope to get a chance to make these before easter. It's school vacation week here in MA so with a napless 3 yr old and 5 yr old home, I have to find the time to get them done. Thanks for the tutorial.Jen


Only 4 more hours till the "work" day is done, then 2 hours of family time before bed time, then mommy's crafty time! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait to try this out – thanks for the tute!


My sewing machine sat in a closet until I met your blog. Thank you for quick, simple, sanity-restoring projects like this one.


Awesome, my daughter loves it! Instead of wire I just put it the long ways and back stitched through it a couple of times. I also added a cute bead in the middle to jazz it up a bit!


I LOVE making bows! These are a great alternative to ribbon bows and I have lots of great fabric scraps lying around ๐Ÿ™‚

Vitty's mom

what an awesome idea! i love making things by hand!!! and my little one will love helping out making these! and i can't wait to see how i can add her initials to them with my handy brother home sewing embroidery combo:)


So cute! Since I don't have a daughter, it's OK to put them in my son's hair, right?

OK, just kidding, just kidding. No hair bows for the boys. Not that there is anything wrong with that.


Very cute – I'm collecting girl ideas for my first daughter after six sons, and this one is now on my list :o) Thanks for the cute and simple idea.


Awesome! I will definitely make these to match the diaper covers you have inspired. Thank you and take that, Anthropologie!


This is my first Easter with a little girl and I will be making her a couple of hairbows now that I see how cute and easy they are…(even if I have to tape them to her little bald head ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Joking, joking)


What is that cute little hand puppet bunny I see in the Easter basket(?), perhaps for the little boys in my life! – SO CUTE!



So making these for DD using stuff from the scrap box – then they are practically free, right ?

(And not all my fabric is circa 1996…. some is even older….!! )


These are darling! With my five boys, I don't get much chance to make things like this. Maybe I'll make a few for my niece!


These are awesome!! I have two boys, but I love bows and am actually going to make some for myself. Plus, my niece's birthday is in two weeks. Thanks!!!!!!


SEW sweet and SEW adorable! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love them! So many of my friends have little girls who are constantly looking for cute little bows! Not to mention my niece who is the queen of hairbows! She has about 8-10 ribbons (that are about a yard long) holding all of her hairbows and some of them won't even fit! I'll def. try making a few of these for those special little girls in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚


I just found your blog and am in love already. What a fantastic way to use scraps! So when are you guys going to put a craft book together? =D


Such a simple concept – wow! You are a creative genius!! I simply have to make some of these for my neighbour's 3 year old – she would love them!! Thanks for sharing.


Jessica, thanks for the link. I whipped out two of those cute little bunnies for the boys' Easter baskets. I had already picked up notepads! They will be thrilled!!!

Sweet Baker Babes

So Cute! I made a few for my girls, minus the wire, I just twisted the fabric and dotted with hot glue to hold in place. I LOVE them! Thanks for sharing.


So cute. Hmm just thinking of all the fabric I have in a bin . . . time to get to work.


That’s a great way to make your own bows! I haven’t seen this before and really impressed! I started creating my own bows and use glue guns and sealers, this method is much better to create bows at home without the need of all the kit. I have started my own little business making bows so anything is possible ( ) . I will create my own little guide to how to create korkers and wondered if you would be interested in me sharing it?


Dawn Grabowski

Thank you for the instructions! These look so cute and easy for this Gigi to make. These are the right size for my 22 mth old grand-daughter. I have some scrap and will make some tonight. Great idea with Valentines Day just around the corner.


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