I was at a cheerleading parents' meeting about a month ago. (That's not the funny part - it gets better!) I was carrying my Thirty-One bag - the one with the changeable skirt - and it was a skirt that I made. (I mentioned it here, but that was a while ago.) Here's the one I was carrying, just because it would be kinda lame to talk about it and not show a picture:
But Rachel! You say. What does this story have to do with Cheerleading Hair Bows? Well let me tell you. For you crafty types, you know how this goes. "Oh, you sew? Wow! Hey, she sews!" And then..."Do you do hair bows?" Hmm. No, not really. But I'm up for anything, especially not having to shell out unnecessary cash for some mass-produced, overpriced hair bow. So basically, I volunteered to do the hair bows for the squad. They didn't want anything crazy; they just wanted simple basic bows that go on ponytails. Can do!
I used this tutorial and adapted it a bit. These cost about $1 each to make. $1 each! I bought my ribbon in 20-yard spools. I probably used about 10 yards of each.
Here's how I did it:
1. Cut ribbon lengths. To make 22, I cut 22 lengths of each, in 3 different ribbon widths: 1.5", 7/8", and 3/8". Each length was about 20". I cut each end into a "v" shape* by folding the ribbon in half (long-ways) and cutting it diagonally. The skinny ones were a pain to do, but that's ok.
2. Seal the edges. Using child labor* (my 8yo), each end of all 66 ribbon lengths was sealed with Fray Check.
|Fray Check is awesome stuff, and it lasts forever.|
|Here are my 3 ribbons.|
|Here they are, centered and stacked together.|
|I folded them over in the middle...|
|held the ponytail holder to the underside...|
|...and sewed back and forth 2-3 times using a zigzag stitch. I cannot be bothered with hand-sewing, sorry.|
|flip the ribbons over - inside out, almost. They lay down pretty nicely.|
|These were probably about 1.5" to 2" or so. Aren't you glad to have such an accurate and specific tutorial to follow?|
7. Regret never having made the cheer squad in high school or college.
8. Stuff the pain by enjoying a Reese's PB Cup. Or two.*
*Optional, but recommended