Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows

Here’s a reference guide to show you the anatomy of a boutique bow! These are some of the bits and pieces that you can stack together to make fabulous hair bows. Also a book review!

50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make

by Deanna McCool begins with types of ribbons and their properties. It helps you choose tools and supplies, then teaches you core techniques for various bow projects. There are over 50 ribbon projects to inspire you, including: hair bows, gift topper ideas, floral bows for bouquets, and dozens of ribbon flowers. There are even project ideas for wreaths & holiday decor, picture frames, jewelry, and clothing embellishment.

50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows To Make by Deanna McCool

I really like the detailed instructions and illustrations. I wish I started making bows with a book like this; rather than ambling around the internet trying to figure things out. I lost piles of ribbon to failed hair bow attempts. And my kid may have worn a few less than stellar bows back in the day. *Hangs head in shame*

OTT Christmas Tree Boutique Hair Bow | SewsNBows

I have a much higher hair bow success rate these days, but this book has improved my technique a ton- and learned some new tricks too! 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make is a great resource for beginners to pro bow-makers.

My pinwheels and twisted boutique bows are looking a lot smarter after reading the book. Those are some of basic hair bow components. My next project may be some gift toppers because working with wired and ribbon is a little trickier for me.

50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows To Nake

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There are some advanced ribbon projects in the book too. Like the star cockade, shown above. Once you can make that, everyone will think you are a total bad@$$.

Deanna published this tutorial on how to sew this ribbon cockade, download it here :)

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows

I thought it would be fun to show you the anatomy of a boutique hair bow: the different parts and pieces that make the big ridiculous bows I love so much. These are all techniques covered in the book.

Update: Practice makes perfect. Reading this book improved my technique, but looking back I can see that my current bows are much better. So don’t ever give up! 

The Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Pinwheel Bow

Pinwheel Bow

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Twisted Boutique Bow

Twisted Boutique Bow

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Flexible Metallic Figure & Bow

Flexible Metallic Ribbon Figure 8 Bow

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Layered V-Cut Spikes

Layered V-Cut Spikes

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Straight Cut Spikes

Straight Cut Metallic Spikes

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Chrysanthemum Ribbon Bow

Chrysanthemum Ribbon Bow

Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Chrysanthemum Ribbon Bow


Anatomy of Boutique Hair Bows | Embellishments

Embellishments (feathers, fur, gems, bits of jewelry, buttons- anything goes!)

Those are a few of the components that make up the anatomy of boutique hair bows.  With these pieces, I ended up with this over the top holiday bow.

Blue, green, & Red Christmas Hair Bow | SewsNBows

If you enjoyed this post, you may like my tutorial on how to make bottle caps with epoxy stickers, or how to stack a boutique bow. If you’d rather just buy a bow, swing by my Etsy shop. Thanks for stopping by!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Amy Sword

    Where do you purchase your grosgrain ribbon? The thicker stuff with the gold appliqués on them (i.e. the gold feathers on white ribbon or the peach with roses ). I have three daughters and love making bows and have never seen any ribbon like that before. Thank you!

  2. Annie

    Aw, so that is how those festive bows are made! :D I like feathers in the bow, they add the extra special-ness!
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  3. gina

    I can not think of anyone who is more qualified than you to review this book since you are the bow pro!! I think it is a fantastic idea to use the bows to put on packages as well as in hair! i have no bow making skills at all and usually just wrap a simple tie around my gifts. If i want to get fancy i use curling ribbon :)
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  4. Angie

    I want a serger of course, lol! I seriously need scoot of this book. My attempts at bow making have been terrible so I could use the help!!

  5. Amy of while wearing heels

    I feel like this post needed an R rating…showing all those hair bows stripped down and naked :). And, I definitely need something to make people think I am bad a** :)

    For Christmas, I want a new pair of boots!
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  6. Nicole Oke

    So while kind of for me, and kind of for my daughter – This book would hit it on the head (or would help me make her the hair bows she wants for Christmas). She likes the bows that I made for a dance costume last year and asked for me to make her some bows to wear to her ballet classes (I can make one and it is a bowtie!). She would be the star of the class walking in with one the sparklers on her head! Why it would be a gift for me – this past year I have rediscovered sewing, and my love for fabric arts. I just can’t get enough of the variety of things I can make/create. I love to see the joy that people get when I pass them over a hand crafted item made just for them.

  7. Alexandra

    Cannot think what I would like for Christmas, although some sewing time might be nice! I have large boxes of fabrics, I have patterns, but ooh, looking at these lovelies maybe a huge stash of ribbons, trims, lace, feathers etc might be nice?!!

  8. Pam @Threading My Way

    I’m easy to please – I want to spend Christmas with my family, so I’ll definitely get what I want. So pleased you are not excluding overseas entries. As well as the fact that we can have the book sent to someone in the U.S. or Canada, many people have U.S. shipping addresses.
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