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How to Add the Perfect Personalized Megaphone to a Cheerleader Hair Bow

Customize a cheerleader hair bow with the addition of a personalized megaphone embellishment.Personalized Cheerleader Hair Bow

Supplies:Supplies for Cheerleader Hair Bow

Instructions for Personalized Cheerleader Hair Bow:

  1. Print the megaphone templates on cardstock. Select the appropriate size for your cheerleader hair bow. Color with markers and hand letter the name. Cut out the embellishment. Using two layers of cardstock will add extra rigidity to the embellishment.
  2. Cut ribbon to appropriate length. My bow has 5½” tails and 3″ loops. For longer tails and/or larger loops, allow extra length.
  3. Dovetail the ribbon ends by folding the ribbon in half lengthwise and cutting an angle from the ribbon tips to the fold, as pictured below.Dovetail Ribbon Ends
  4. Seal the ribbon ends by quickly passing through a flame.
  5. Position the ruler on the Mini Bowdabra.Position Ruler on Mini Bowdabra
  6. Fold the 18″ length of bow wire in half and place it in the Mini Bowdabra. You can tuck the wire ends under the Mini Bowdabra so they are out of the way.
  7. Center the ribbon in the Mini Bowdabra.Center Ribbon in Mini Bowdabra
  8. Bring one end over the top of the pillar and insert the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra. Follow the markings on the ruler to make a 3″ loop.Make First Loop
  9. Repeat on the other side with the second ribbon end.Make Second Loop
  10. Compress the ribbon with the Mini Bowdabra wand.Compress Ribbon with Wand
  11. With the ribbon still in the Mini Bowdabra, pass the ends of the bow wire through the loop, and tighten. Tie a secure knot on the back of the bow, leaving the wire ends long.
  12. Next, we’ll add the hair clip to the reverse side of the bow. Extend the wire ends, one to each side.Prepare for Attaching Clip
  13. Hot glue the clip in place. Trim the wire ends.Hot Glue Clip in Place

    Add the megaphone embellishment

  14. On the front of the bow, hot glue the personalized megaphone in place.Hot Glue Megaphone on Front of Bow
  15. Optionally, add a chevron of heat transfer vinyl.
    1. With an iron: Work on a hard, non-metal surface. Set iron to dry heat at the linen setting. Preheat the ribbon where the chevron will be placed. Place the chevron on the ribbon. Cover with a protective layer of foil,  parchment, or Teflon craft mat between ribbon and iron. Apply firm pressure for 25 to 30 seconds. Turn the ribbon over,  reposition the protective sheet, and iron again for 25 to 30 seconds. Peel carrier sheet from HTV.Finished Cheerleader Hair Bow with HTV
  16. Go and cheer for your favorite team!!Personalized Cheerleader Hair Bow (Instagram)

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