How to make a Butterfly hair bow

Lets make a Butterfly hair bow with grosgrain ribbon.


Make a butterfly hair bow


This fun hair bow is very similar to our 5 petal flower.

For this bow I have used 38mm grosgrain ribbon you can you any width you prefer.

What you need

38mm grosgrain ribbon in your choice of colour or print

2 lengths at 22cm long

Hair clips to hold while making



Needle and thread

Lighter to seal the ends or your preferred method.

Hot glue gun

9mm grosgrain ribbon for centre


Now How to make a Butterfly hair bow

Seal the end of your ribbon and measure 4cm from the end.  Fold the ribbon over at the 4cm point.  So my edge of the ribbon to the fold where my finger points is 4cm.

The long length of ribbon is the front of the bow.  From where my finger to the centre of your fold is your line to fold the ribbon behind.


Once you tuck the ribbon behind it will look like this.

How to make a Butterfly hair bow Place a hair clip over your fold to hold it in place. This is the front of you bow.

img_3995  Now turn your bow over to the back.  Measure 4cm from the centre.

img_3996  Fold your ribbon at the 4cm mark.  Then fold the centre off the fold near my finger back over your ribbon to create your point.

img_3999  Once you have folded your ribbon back to create your point take another hair clip and clip it onto your fold.  Your can now trim the end of your ribbon just paste the centre.

img_4000  You can see the back of the ribbon on each side they over lap a little.

img_4006  Take your knotted needle and thread and thread through the front of your ribbon to create the valley and peeks as in the photo.  Make sure you stitch through both your back ribbons.img_4003 Now pull your thread through and gather your ribbon centre.  You can wrap the ribbon around the centre or just thread it back and forth a few time then knot it off.


You know have one set complete.


Now repeat the process to create a second set.
img_4008  Take your needle and thread and stitch the two together at the centre.

How to make a Butterfly hair bow  To finish off your bow you just need to add your centre ribbon.
How to make a Butterfly hair bow  Seal the end of some 9mm grosgrain ribbon hot glue the end to the back of your bow.  Wrap the ribbon around your bow hot glue to the back and trim the ribbon.



Now you can attach a hair clip or headband to the back of your bow.  Or you could sew the bow onto a hat, bag, dress or anything you fancy.

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If you need grosgrain ribbon to make this bow Think Bowtique has a huge range of both satin ribbon and grosgrain ribbon in stock.


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