Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lace and Ribbon Hair Bows Tutorial

Small hair ribbons are easy to make and dress up any hair style easily.  They can also be pinned or clipped onto boleros, handbags, wrist stoppers, etc.

Today I will show a quick and eay way to make some lace and ribbon hair bows, which can be made completely by hand if you don't have any sewing machine!  You also only need very few materials ^u^v

*Edge lace trim


1. Stitch the lace to one edge of the ribbon. You can do both sides if you have a thin trim, but it may become too crowded when you layer the top and bottom sections of ribbon, so on my example I am only doing the trim on one edge of the ribbon.  It gives a nice finish.

2. Cut the ribbon to the length of your desired finished ribbon length x2 (for folding over) and plus seam allowance of about 0.5cm on each end.  The easiest way to do this is actually to first fold your lacy ribbon in the shape you want, as the length of your ribbon will be affected by its width.  Play around with the desired effect before cutting.

3. Fold the ribbon in half, right sides together, and stitch.  The picture shows the stitching line in red.

4. Repeat to make a slightly longer rectangle loop for the bottom layer of your ribbon.  Turn it so the lace faces the other way.  This will create a pretty effect on the finished ribbon.

5. Pleat and stitch your ribbon in place.  Overlap the top and bottom layers by about half the ribbon width, pleat it the way you want your ribbon to look, and then hand stitch it in place.

6. Finish by wrapping either a thinner ribbon or a lace trim in the center and hand stitching at the back.

Make another ribbon the same way.  Now you have a pair of cute and easy lacy ribbons you can attach to your hair using either combs or clips.  Simply sew or glue the comb or clip to the back of the ribbon.  You can even just use a bobby pin slipped through the lace/ribbon at the center if you don't want to bother with a comb or clip!

They can also be dressed up by stitching on some pearls, dangling charms, or gluing on some gems/diamantes.  Get creative!