Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial #pinkout

Pinktober is almost here! It’s time for cheerleaders to trade in the team colored pom poms and bows for pink. The Great Pinkout promotes breast cancer awareness across the nation. Check out this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial to DIY your own!

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Cheer bows are the easiest bows to make, and there are tons of options for embellishment. I worked with the materials I had on hand for this year’s bows, but with a larger budget you can can go all out.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Materials:

Two 20″ lengths of 4″ wide ribbon

One 2″ length of 7/8″ ribbon for the center 

One 2.25″ length of 7/8″ ribbon (to cover the French barrette)

Upholstery or heavy duty thread

4″ French barrette

Hot glue gun

Embellishments such as glitter striping, Swarvoski crystals, rhinestone mesh, embroidery letter stickers, glitter letters, etc

Note: The light pink below is two pieces of 2″ ribbon, joined with the glitter stripe. I couldn’t find the right shade of breast cancer awareness pink in the 4″ width; so I had to improvise. You can use this method to make half your bow two-toned or mix prints.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Begin with the 4″ wide lengths of ribbon. Lay them criss-crossed, forming an “X”. You will accordion fold the center, and pinch it together with your fingers on one hand.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use a needle and thread to secure the center, and trim the excess thread.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Glue your French barrette to the back of the bow. Remove the wammy bar for now.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use the 2″ strip of 7/8″ ribbon to secure the barrette to the bow in the center. Make sure the front of your bow is nice and smooth in the middle.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

The 2 1/4 inch strip of ribbon goes over the seam. This further secures the barrette to the bow. Now you can pop the wammy bar back in place.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Embellish the center of your bow. I used a strip of rhinestone mesh. Large rhinestones and bottle caps should be secured with super glue. My preference is gorilla glue* gel. (*amazon affiliate link)

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Trim your tails and heat seal the ends with a lighter. Embellish your tails. I’ve seen vinyl, embroidery, and hand painted creations. The sky is the limit!

Cheerleaders wear their ponytail as high as they can, with the bow tails facing forward. It sits high on the girls’ heads because the crowd is above them. The cheer bow should a dazzling accent to the uniform, because when you look down at them from the stadium it’s often the first thing the crowd will notice. (Other than the talent, of course!)

Cheerleaders don’t want wimpy bows. Click How  To Stiffen Hair Bows to ensure that your bows are crisp and not floppy!

How To Make Cheer Bows with Step By Step Instructions

I hope this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial is helpful. These bows are great all year round- for any occasion.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

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