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How To Make A Cheer Bow Step By Step

Posted by on 6/24/2016
How To Make A Cheer Bow Step By Step

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Learn how to make a perfect cheer bow with our step-by-step easy to follow instructions.  We'll show you all the tricks to get a professional result every time!

Supplies Needed:
To begin I pre-stiffened my ribbon with stiffening spray.  I lightly sprayed the ribbon and then ironed
it.  This can help if you're using plain grosgrain ribbon which has a tendency to be a little floppy.  
Pre-stiffening helps get a good initial shape.  Don't make it too stiff to begin with.  You can add more
spray when you're done to keep the final shape.
Step 1:
Cut your ribbon to 30” long. You can adjust this length to add longer tails or bigger loops. Usually, you will not need more than 32” of ribbon. Fold your ribbon in half to leave a visible 
crease as the center or make a small mark.
Step 2:
I'm using a template mat from Cheer Bow Supply to keep measurements and angles perfect.  You can also use a ruler.
Lay your ribbon on the template mat with the crease at the center point.  If using a ruler, make sure
it is at least 6" long.  Put the crease at the 3" mark. 
Step 3:
Fold both tails of the cheer bow ribbon down following the outline on the template mat.  If using a ruler, fold
down crossing in the center starting at 3" from the end middle point.  Cross the ribbon in the middle
making the top of the cross just under the back piece of ribbon.
Step 4:
I like to place an adhesive disk at the center point and between the crossed ribbon.  This helps hold the
shape.  If you're not using it, just hold the ribbon firmly in the center and slide the back ribbon down
on the crossed ribbon.  Line up the top of the crossed ribbon with the top of the back ribbon.
Step 5:
Keeping a firm grasp on the center, work the middle back and forth a few times to create “mountains and valleys” in the ribbon. 
Step 6:
While holding the center crease, place the plastic zip tie around the center and close it half way. Make sure you close it far enough to hold the crease you just created, but not so much that you can’t make adjustments. Check your loops and tails and make sure it all looks even. You can still make minor adjustments. If you mess up, clip the zip tie and start over at step 2.
Step 7:
Align the closure at the back of the cheer bow. Pull the zip tie closed as tight as you can. Trim the extra length of zip tie.
Step 8:
Hot glue the elastic pony tail holder to the back of the cheer bow.
Step 9:
Glue the 4” long piece of 3/8” glitter velvet ribbon to the center of the bow. Wrap the side pieces of the center ribbon to the back and trim any extra. Leave enough to wrap around and glue around the pony tail holder.
Step 10:
Trim your tails by folding the ribbon end in half and cut on an angle.  Lightly run a woodburner on the cut ends to prevent them from fraying.
Step 11:
Make sure your bow is shaped exactly the way you want it to stay and spray with stiffening spray.  Saturate the ribbon, but not so much it is dripping.  Allow to dry.  

Your bow is complete!

You can also customize your cheer bow and dress it up with fabric, vinyl, rhinestones and spangles!



Shea Triplett
Date: 3/8/2016
Is the template 0 1 2 3 inches or 0 1 2 3 centimeters It is inches - thanks
Date: 4/26/2016
Me gusta.
tashia jines
Date: 5/15/2016
I would to order this how can I do so
tashia jines
Date: 5/15/2016
I would to order this how can I do so
Date: 8/11/2016
This was so great and I made so many of these bows! Great for cheer practices and clinics! They never fall out when I'm flying or tumbling and I live them so much!
Date: 9/20/2016
Thanks a lot, make bows for my daughter and this helped me when I started. Daughter has thick hair and the pony kept falling off. Now I zip tye the pony when I do the bow and it works like a charm.
Date: 9/25/2016
Great step-by-step! Thanks On a side note, before submitting a comment,, does anyone bother to proof-read anymore?
Date: 10/15/2016
This looks great. But I was wondering, could this be made to work on an alligator clip?
Date: 11/2/2016
That is a good way to make a bow ceep I up
Date: 11/18/2016
I love this step by step process it works easy and fast I love it!! Just made the captain of my high school cheer team and wanted to get my girls some new bows and this really work easy and cheap!!???? Thanks!!
Date: 11/26/2016
This bow looks great but can you use this without the stiffing spray???
Carolyn Michelle Shepherd
Date: 12/9/2016
I'm looking making my own cheerleader hair bows for my daughter Hailey and maybe if the other girls like them I would make more ! Guess you can say I want to start my own bows for girls thanks
Anna Grace
Date: 1/22/2017
Thanks! I love these bows but where can i get the disks???
Maria Ladwig
Date: 1/27/2017
Can you tell me where I can buy the adhesive circles? I shop at Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabric. I will be making bows this weekend. Thank you Maria Ladwig
Date: 3/1/2017
Kunde, Who are you, the spelling/grammar Nazi?!? Maybe, you should follow your own advice, before critiquing someone else's spelling/grammar. "Just a side note."

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