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Ribbon Wrapped Hoop Earrings with Bow

This week on the Bowdabra Blog we will be featuring jewelry enhanced with ribbon. Last week while searching for inspiration to Hoop Earringsmake ribbon embellished earrings I came across beautiful ribbon earrings on pinterest. I love the little gingham stud bows along with ribbon dangle earrings.

         But ultimately when it came to making my own ribbon earrings I decided to make ribbon wrapped hoop earrings finished with a Mini Bowdabra petite bow. I wrapped the hoop earrings by whip-stitching 3/8″ satin ribbon around the hoops. Then using the Mini Bowdabra with the Hair Bow Tool & Ruler on the metric side I made small 3cm wide petite bows.

Materials Needed:

  • 1.5″ Hoop Earrings
  • 3/8″ Black Satin Ribbon
  • 3/8″ Red Satin Ribbon
  • Black & Red Thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Lighter or Clear Nail Polish
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Hair Bow Tool & Ruler
  • Bowdabra Bow Wire


1. Begin by cutting and sealing 3/8″ satin ribbon for both hoops. Cut 2 black pieces of ribbon 2.5″ long. Cut 4 red pieces of ribbon 7/8″ long. Seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter or clear nail polish.

Ribbon Hoop Earrings


2. Whip-stitch the 2.5″ long piece of black ribbon onto the hoop earring.

Hoop Earring


3. Whip-stitch the two small 7/8″ red satin ribbons onto each side. Ribbon wrap both hoop earrings the same way.

Red Satin Ribbons


4. To make the bow for the hoop earrings by Hair Bow Tool & Ruler onto the Mini Bowdabra metric side up. Cut 12″ of Bowdabra Bow Wire, fold the wire in half and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.

Mini Bowdabra


5. Seal the ends of the red 3/8″ satin ribbon and place the end into the Mini Bowdabra.

Satin Ribbon


6. Fold the ribbon at the 1.5cm mark to create your first loop.

Ribbon Wrapped Hoop Earrings with Bow


7. Fold the ribbon at the 1.5cm on the other side for a matching loop.

Mini Bowdabra Tutorial



8. Fold the ribbon at the 1.5cm mark one more time on each side to create a total of 4 loops. Leave the ribbon attached to the spool.

Satin Loopy Ribbon


9. Scrunch down with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.

Scrunchy Ribbon


10. While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, th
read the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end.

Bowdabra Bow Wire

11. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra.

Mini Bowdabra Bow maker


12. Gently pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. To tie off the bow, pinch the Bowdabra Bow Wire securely against the bow. Twist the bow 4 to 6 times in a clockwise direction.

Twisted Bow


13. Fluff bow and trim away the ribbon from the spool as close to the Bowdabra Bow Wire center. Seal the end of the ribbon.

Trimmed Ribbon Ends


14. Follow the instructions to make two matching bows. Hot glue the bows onto the ribbon wrapped hoops. Add a finishing ribbon to the center of the bow. I used 3/8″ black satin ribbon that I folded in half lengthwise and whipped stitched closed.

Ribbon Wrapped Hoop Earrings with Bow


15. Ribbon wrapped hoop earrings with a bow are complete.

Ribbon Wrapped Hoop Earrings with Bow

Bowdabra's easy-to-create bow-makers are available at the Bowdabra website's online store and also at various retail establishments such as Amazon, AC Moore, Pat Catan's Stores, Jo Ann store, Michael's, and Walmart.

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