How-To: Flower Hairbow

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I’m going to show you how to make a flower hairbow so your husband can be as pretty as mine! (Or children, whomever you see fit…)

First thing you will need is a 1 3/4″ single prong alligator clip.  I can’t find these ANYWHERE except online! I bought 75 of them off Ebay for less than $6.

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Next you will need a 4.5 inch piece of 3/8″ ribbon.  Most people use grosgrain, but I find that satin works just as fine.  You will then need to heat-seal the edges to prevent fraying.  I do this by running the edges through a flame very quickly.  Just a quick pass-through does the trick.

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The next thing you will need is some fabric glue.  This stuff is great! You can find it at Walmart for around $2.

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Using the tip of the glue bottle spread a thin layer about the length of the clip onto the backside of the ribbon.  Then place the clip onto the ribbon, top side up, flat side down.

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Then spread another layer of glue about as long as the clip again.

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Then flips the clip over, glueing the ribbon on top of it.  Pick up the clip and press both sides of the ribbon together, sealing the top of the clip inside the ribbon.  What you will have now should look like this:

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Next, flip the clip over and place a small dot of glue at the end of the slip and a small dot of glue at the end of the ribbon.

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Then just fold over the last piece of ribbon (but not on the insides of the clip) to cover the part that will be seen when clipped into hair.  It should now be a finished, covered, alligator clip.

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Fabric glue doesn’t take very long to dry, but I like to clip the ribbon in place and set it aside to dry completely while I’m working on the flower.

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Next you will need a flower.  Any flower.  I think Gerber Daisys are pretty but anything will work.  I bought mine at Walmart for $1 each.

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Next, you will need to grip the middle of the flower on the front with one hand:

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And the middle of the back of the flower with the other hand:

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And pull! It will take a little effort, but these two pieces should come apart and you should be left with this:

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Here is where you can separate the flower if you want.  You can use a few layers from this flower and add a few layers from a smaller flower to create a bouquet effect.  Then, grab a cute button.  I got these at (where else?) Walmart:

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I like to reinforce my bows with glue and stitches.  Put a little ring of glue around the middle of the flower:

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Then just stick the button on and add a few stitches through all the layers.  This can be challenging (and painful) when you have a thick flower, so I recommend using a thimble to push the needle through.

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Then just turn it over and tie off the back.

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Next add a little bit of glue to your now-dry alligator clip:

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Stick it on the back of the flower and with the same needle and thread make a few stitches to ensure the clip will be tight on the flower.  Be careful not to stitch the clip closed (which I have done on more than one occasion).  You should be able to stitch through the middle of the clip prong fairly easily.

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Tie it off again.  Let everything dry overnight and you’re done!

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No matter if you make a flower hairbow or a ribbon hairbow they both start with a covered alligator clip.  Or you can make your alligator clips be the accessory by themselves!

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You can also combine flowers and ribbon to make a hairbow!

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Soon, I will post a tutorial on how to make the Christmas Tree hairbow which is a little more complicated and time-consuming.

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