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


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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New Hair Bows in the Shop

I’ve got some new hair bows in the shop in time for back to school! These bows are made with lots of designer ribbons and I purchase all my supplies here in the U.S.

Be sure to visit MayenDesigns on Etsy if you need some fabulous hair accessories!

It really is true that the best parents buy bows. People who buy my hair bows tend to improve their credit scores and enjoy a longer life expectancy; and their children score higher on school exams. My customers also burn up to 30% more calories during an average workout. Just sayin’.

The statistics and statements above have not been proven in any official studies or test groups. They are my opinions as a certified hair bow expert. Except I’m not actually certified.*

What's Poppin Bow available at MayenDesigns on Etsy

Dream Chaser Hair Bow available on MayenDesigns on Etsy

Hello Beautiful Hair Bow available at MayenDesigns on Etsy


Mermaid Hair Bow available at MayenDesigns on Etsy

Owl Hair Bow available at MayenDesignson Etsy

Dream Chaser Hair Bow

Um Duh Hair Bow

Shop MayenDesigns on Etsy!

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Sew Fashionable 04/04/16

Interesting tidbits on sewing and fashion across the blogosphere this week!

Custom pageant hair bow by SewsNBows

This week I made some custom pageant bows, sewed a little, and visited family over the weekend. It’s tractor season again so I get to spend a couple hours each day keeping this place from turning into a giant forest/jungle.

Let’s see what’s happening everywhere else.

Sew Fashionable: Weekly Series at SewsNBows

This sexy Charlston dress from In A Matter Of Speaking.

I found a place to buy Polish bras here in the U.S. No more waiting a month for your bra, and there’s an easy return policy if you need a different size.

Julia Bobbin’s Lady Danger gown, stunning!

A Watson bra and brief set from Sew Anemone

Emma, who is not a sewist or crafter, tries all the clothing DIYs she’s seen on Pinterest.

I need this kimono at SewManju

Katie made the Melilot, a new pattern from Deer and Doe.

Helen’s robe is so pretty I’d wear it out.

Helena’s chambray and chiffon top.

A jersey knit and lace Boylston bra by Anna-Zoe.

Emi made the most adorable girls dress with Michael Miller fabric.

Camille sewed a Lupin Jacket– check out the lining!

Badass self drafted yoga leggings at The Last Stitch.

Things Sewers Care About That Nobody Else Does by Megan Nielson.

This bespoke corset will knock you over.

See Andreia’s Picasso inspired line drawings…with fabric.

I wanna copy Shirley’s awesome maxi dress.

Have a great week!

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Big Valentines Day Hair Bows

Big Valentines Day Hair Bow | Over The Top Bows

The bigger the bow, the better the mom. That’s what I tell myself, anyways. Here are the big Valentines Day hair bows I made for my daughter and my niece.

Big Valentines Day Hair Bow. Love the candy hearts ribbon and belonged bottlecap center!

This bow has candy hearts ribbon, a blinged bottle cap center, pearl strands, feathers, and a cute side bow.

Big Valentines Day Hair Bow | Over The Top Bows

Big Valentines Day Hair Bows

I didn’t have time to write a tutorial, but you can check out my tutorial: How To Stack A Boutique Bow.

Big Valentines Day Hair Bows with link to tutorial

This big Valentines Day hair bow turned out really cute too. I used curly ostrich feathers in pink and black with tubing, tiny accent bows, and black Swarvoski crystals.

I used the leftover ribbon to make small bows for Bella to give to her friends at school. I forgot to get pictures of them…but who wants to see small bows anyways?!

Check out my Etsy shop if you’d like to purchase a bow, or contact me by email or social media if you need one custom made. Happy Valentines Day!

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How To Stiffen Hair Bows

Want to see how to stiffen hairbows? I use one product.

(This is really a gratuitous post, where I show you a few hair bows I’ve been making for my little cousin’s baby. Mackenzie is still in the oven, but when she enters this world we are prepared to decorate her head.)

Check miss Mack’s bows, then scroll down to see how to stiffen hair bows with one awesome product.

Southwest Style Hair Bow in Coral and Teal with Gold Accents + How To Stiffen Hair Bows | SewsNBows

Christmas trees hair bow in lime and red | SewsNBows

Blush Pink Bow with Gold Chevron Accents, Shabby Floral Center and Pearl Strands + How To Stiffen Hair Bows | SewsNBows

How To Stiffen Hair Bows

How To Stiffen Hair Bows With One Awesome Product | SewsNBows

Can I tell you how much I hate floppy bows? Wimpy bows are a travesty, they really are. Meet my new best friend, clear acrylic spray.

(This is another one of those duh moments, like when I finally figured out how to flatten bottle caps.)

Use This To Stiffen Wimpy Hair Bows! Tips For Using Clear Acrylic Spray for Hair Bows

I used Krylon clear acrylic spray. There is an entire family of acrylic spray finishes. Gloss, matte, satin finish, uv protectant…I’d like to experiment with some of those but for now I can tell you that this is my secret weapon against sad bows.

Converse Hair Bow With Glitter Dot Center + How To Stiffen Hair Bows

I advise spraying the whole bow once your ribbons are put together, but before you add bottle caps or feathers. It really helps keep tulle stiff. Plus, it seals in glittery ribbon and glitter dots, like the bow center above. Hurray for no more sparkles falling off your hair bows!

OMG Designer Hair Bow + How To Stiffen Hair Bows | SewsNBows

If you need some of this in your life, I’d love it if you shopped my Amazon affiliate link. You won’t pay any extra. Anything you buy will send a few pennies my way, and I’d be much obliged :) That link will take you to a page of acrylic sprays to choose from.

(Rustoleum and Mod Podge have similar sprays and I haven’t tried them yet. I’m pretty sold on Krylon.)

How To Stiffen Hair Bows To Avoid Floppy Loopers | SewsNBows

Above is a hair bow pre-acrylic. Do you see how the striped loopers are flopping around? My bows are gonna behave, now.

Cowgirls Rule OTT Hair Bow | SewsNBows

I saved my favorite bow for last, this one says Cowgirls Rule. Never a truer statement, y’all.

Mackensie’s mom is my cousins daughter, and I think that would make me a technically third cousin which doesn’t sound very official to me. So I’m calling myself her aunt. Don’t you think?

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