Sometimes I like to tie a ribbon on to a barrett to clip onto my hair. But the bow usually unravels and just looks messy after some time.
So here is a tutorial on how to make as many hair bows as you like, using only one barrett i.e the bows are interchangeable on the barrett.
1. You will need ~61 cm/ 24 inches of a wide ribbon called ‘blanket binding’ (available at fabric stores. Go ahead and buy as many colours as you like.), thread (colour to match the blanket binding), a needle, small hair ties (one per bow, matching the colour to the bow), one barrett.
2. Sew the unfinished edges (the width) of the blanket bindings.
3. Iron the strips of blanket binding.
4. Tie the blanket binding into a bow; from the center, make loops from either sides and tie them into a knot. Now is the time you want to fidget with the bow to shape to your liking.
5. Slip the hair tie through the knot at the back of the bow. If you’re using hair ties with a metal bit, hide it in the knot.
6. Sew the hair tie in place. Try not to stick the needle through the elastic because that will cause it to break.
7. Slip the two ends of the hair tie over the open barrett.
8. Clip bow into your hair.
I love this because I’m using just one barrett but I can change the bows to my liking. I figure it’ll also make a great gift; a set of a variety of bows and a barrett. AND it’s really cheap since blanket binding is a few bucks per meter.
If you’re pro you can finish the edges or strips of fabric instead of using blanket binding, then you’ll be able to chose different patterns too.
I hope I didn’t word anything confusingly. =]