There is just something about a classic felt bow sitting in wispy toddler hair that makes my heart go kaboom. I am a big fan of simple, timeless kid style, and a nice little bow is high on my list of things that give me cartoon heart eyes.
Admittedly, my daughter, Vi, doesn’t have an ultra-girly wardrobe. I’m not a fan of pink, poofiness, or the flowery graphics that seem to be eve-ry-where on toddler girl clothes. However, I am a fan of bows.
Lots and lots of bows.
My favorites are the super simple ones—the ones that look like they could have been plucked from any little girls’ head in the last century. Maybe that is the appeal? A bow with a story.
I also love a little modern twist: a pattern or a color that brings it right into 2016. So when I saw this groovy felt, I knew I could make some killer bows for Vi (and all of her little friends, because they are that simple). This tie-dye bow just makes my inner hippie mama sigh with delight.
I wrote up a loose tutorial on how to make this style of bow. This is a versatile pattern, so don’t sweat any measurements and just use a creative eye. The felt I used is just the cheapo sheet felt, but if you want to go more lux you can buy it on the bolt by the yard.
What you will need:
- Hair clips
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Pen, pencil, or chalk to draw cut lines on the felt
- This bow is super simple: it is basically four long rectangles. First, you need a covering piece that will wrap around the top and bottom of the clip (this one is pretty much optional, but I like it because it safeguards the pointy end). Draw a long strip on your felt that is just wide enough to cover the clip, and long enough to wrap around from top to bottom.
- Now the two bow pieces: Cut two rectangles that are slightly wider than your clip and extend as far out to the sides as you want widest part of the finished bow to reach.
- Your two bow pieces will have different uses: one flat and one folded. Take one bow piece and fold in the ends behind it until they meet (or until you like the way it looks) and glue them there. You can cut v-shaped notches on the flat piece like I did here, or leave the ends square. Glue your folded piece to your flat piece (folded ends on the bottom).
- Now cut a skinnier rectangle for the middle vertical piece. I like to play around with the width. Just make sure it will reach around both bow pieces, and glue the ends in the back.
- Now you should have a bow! All you need to do is glue it onto the felt on your clip.
- If you are using a print, cut out your pieces thoughtfully; think about line and color.
- This simple bow can work with all kinds of sizes and shapes of pieces, so be creative: shorter pieces, longer pieces, rounded corners, pinking-sheared edges—the combinations are endless, so have fun with it.