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Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

Add a bow to a newborn hat for the ultimate boutique look! Crochet the newborn hat using one of the many free tutorials available on the Internet. If you are not a crocheter purchase a knit or crocheted hat and add your own Mini Bowdabra bow. The infant beanie hat shown in this tutorial, I crocheted using a free tutorial that I found at About.com.

Bow Making Supplies:

  • 1.5″ wide White Grosgrain 18″ long
  • 1.5″ wide Polka Dot Sheer 18″ long
  • 1.5″ wide Polka Dot Sheer 5″ long
  • 7/8″wide White Grosgrain 14″ long
  • 3/8″ wide Yellow Grosgrain 28″ approximate
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Hair Bow Tool & Ruler
  • Bowdabra Bow Wire

Instructions:

1. Begin with a crocheted or knit newborn hat.

Newborn Hat

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

2. Place the Hair Bow Tool & Ruler onto the Mini Bowdabra. Cut 18″ of Bowdabra Bow Wire, fold the wire in half and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.

Bowdabra Bow Maker

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

3. To make your first boutique bow, cut 18″ of 1.5″ wide white grosgrain. Fold the ribbon in half to create a crease, at the crease mark press it into the Mini Bowdabra.

Bowdabra Bow Making Tool

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

4. Create the boutique style bow by pressing the ends of the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra. The ribbon should form an “X”.

 Bowdabra mini

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

5. Press each ribbon strand into the Mini Bowdabra to form your first bow, use the ruler to adjust your loops.

Ribbon Bow Wire

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

6. Cut 18″ of 1.5″ wide sheer polka dot ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half to create a crease, at the crease mark press the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra, form your second boutique style bow. Use the Mini Bowdabra Wand to hold the bow down.

polka dot ribbon Bow

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

7. Cut 5″ of 1.5″ wide sheer polka dotted ribbon. Dovetail the ends of the ribbon and press it into the Mini Bowdabra.

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

8. Cut 14″ of 7/8″ wide white grosgrain ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half to form a crease. At the crease mark press the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra. Form your third (smaller) boutique style bow and adjust the loops using the ruler. Continue to use the Mini Bowdabra Wand to hold the ribbon down.

polka dot ribbon Bow Tutorial

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

9. You will need approximately 14″ of 3/8″ wide yellow grosgrain, press the end of the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra, continue to fold a total of six 1″ wide loops. The Mini Bowdabra Wand will need to be used to hold the bow down. Scrunch the bow down with each loop formed.

Pink ribbon Bow

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

10. Trim the 3/8″ ribbon from the spool.

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

11. Keep the wand in place thread the two loose ends of Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop.

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

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

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

13. 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.

White ribbon Bow

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

14. Fluff the bow.

Ribbon Bow making Tutorial

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

15. Trim away excess wire. Add a finishing knot and a 3/8″ ribbon strand that runs along the back of the bow. The ribbon strand will be used to tie the bow to the hat. This way the only thing that is near the baby’s skin is ribbon.

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 How to make ribbon Bow

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

 

16. Tie the bow onto the newborn hat, leave the tails hanging behind the bow for easy removal.

Beautiful Ribbon Bow

Newborn Hat with Bow Tutorial

     
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