What better way to complete a pretty hairstyle than adding a cute DIY felt bow. Clip it to the top of a bun or at the side of a loose flowing style. These DIY felt bows are really easy to make in a few minutes and this tutorial even includes a free printable pattern.
DIY Felt Bow
- Felt squares. You could also use vinyl (faux leather) like the sparkly gold bow I made in the bottom picture
- Hot glue gun OR a needle and thread. Using a glue gun will mean you can make these bows in just a few minutes. It normally takes longer for the glue gun to heat up than to make the bows. If you don’t have a glue gun handy then don’t worry. It will take a little longer but you can use your needle and thread to make a nice bow also.
- Hairclip on which to attach your DIY felt bow. Alligator clips are the best as they are cheap and stay in the hair better than some other clips. It looks really professional if you add a lined alligator clip. (Read how to line an alligator clip)
- Your DIY felt bow pattern. Click on the link and print it out, making sure that it has printed to scale. DOWNLOAD PATTERN
How to DIY Felt Bow
Start by cutting out all your pieces. You can pin your pattern pieces to the felt of use a removable pen to trace around them. Don’t use a regular pen on your felt as you will see it on the edges of the bow when it is completed.
Take the large bow piece and fold both ends towards the center and overlap them by 1/4 inch (6mm). Glue or sew them down.
Most felt doesn’t have a right or wrong side but if yours does, then the right side should be on the outside. Don’t be confused by the spots being on the inside in my photo. I wanted the plain blue to be on the outside of the large bow so the different layers would show up.
Repeat for the small bow.
Now layer all your pieces. The ribbon should be on the bottom, then the large bow and small bow. All should be right side up.
Stitch through all layers or glue them together. If you are gluing, all you need is a thin strip of glue in the center of each layer. You don’t need to glue all the way to the ends of the bows.
Wrap the center piece across the top and around to the back of the bow. Glue or stitch it at the back, overlapping the ends tightly. Depending on the thickness of your felt, you may need to trim it a little shorter.
Now glue an alligator clip to the back.
All finished and ready to put in your hair!
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