How To Make A Basic “No Sew” Felt Hair Bow

Things you’ll need:

  1. A hot glue gun or your strongest, greatest fabric glue.
  2. Some hot glue sticks (hey, leave me alone, there’s always that someone who needs to know…)
  3. An alligator clip, barrette or rubber band you’d like to attach to your bow to (I will be demonstrating with an alligator clip).
  4. Any embellishments you’d like to add to your lovely new bow once it’s finished.

Step ONE: Cut a long rectangular shape out of your felt and a much smaller one that will be going around the center of your bow (See picture).

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Step TWO: Take two ends of the rectangle and bring them towards the center and glue them down. I recommend over lapping them just a bit. We will call this side the back of the bow. (See picture).

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Step THREE: Hold up the bow with the front facing you and start pinching the center so we can start to get that bow shape we want. You can lay it down and fold it as if you’re folding a paper fan just like you did when you were a kid, whatever you have to do. Make sure it looks nice and neat…or something close to it. LOL. (See picture).

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Step FOUR: Tie a piece of string, yarn, anything you have where you’re pinching the bow to hold it in place for you so that you can do the next steps with ease. You’ll be covering it later anyway so don’t worry about what it looks like (See picture).

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Step FIVE: Place your bow face down on your work surface with your, “center of the bow” felt strip underneath. BTW, I had to cut mine a little thinner to fit and look nicely in the center of my bow. Always make adjustments where needed (See picture).

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Step SIX: Put a dab of glue right there in the center where that thread is and fold the bottom flap of the bow center up to meet it. Press down onto the glue (See picture).

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Step SEVEN: Grab that alligator clip and clip it on the top flap of your bow center. It NEEDS to be on correctly so before gluing it, fold that top flap down with the clip on it and see how it looks first. Even if you glued the clip on the incorrect way, it would still work but it would just be a bit awkward to open.

Once you have that alligator clip in the right place, go ahead and fold that flap downwards onto a dab of glue that is right in the center again (glue bottle in picture showing where the glue goes). Hold it in place for a few moments (See pictures).

 

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Step EIGHT: Your lovely felt bow is put together and ready to decorate! I totally forgot to flip the bow around and get the before picture but here comes the after (See picture)!!!

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Yayyyyy!!!!! Your felt hair bow is complete. The possibilities are endless with the colors of felt you can use and of course the embellishments. You can even paint designs on them if you wish. Have fun with it!

That’s it for today, folks. Until next time…

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