How to Crochet a Bow for Bow Ties and Headbands

When it comes to crochet projects, I love those that don’t require you to count or follow a pattern and allow you to just relax and crochet like my easy crochet throw pillow. In this post, you’ll learn how to crochet a bow for bow ties or headbands, in the easiest way possible. Disclosure: this post contains commissioned links.

 

Click to learn how to crochet a bow and make your own DIY no sew bow ties and headbands! This super easy crochet project is perfect for beginners and doesn't even require a pattern to make it!

 

Find a printable version of this tutorial on how to crochet a bow at the end of this post.

Last Passover, I wanted to create something fun for all the cousins – my sisters’ 6 daughters, and my sister’s son, as well as my sons. I wanted something that they could all match.

So I created these easy bow ties for the boys, and headbands for the girls, using the same technique.

 

How to make crochet bow ties and headbands

 

I was just relearning how to crochet (I had to stop for years when my tendinitis flared up) and wanted something really simple.

 

Learn how to crochet an easy bow headband

 

I made a few rows of double crochet, turned it into a loop. I cinched it in the center using a strip of leather from my big bag of leather scraps. The result is a multi-texture beautiful, wintry bow.

 

You can then turn it into bow ties or hairbands.

Learn how to crochet a bow

 

For the hairbands, I relied on the elastic for taking them on and off. For the bow ties, I did add a hook and loop closure to the back since the neck is much narrower than the head so even with elastic, it’s hard to get on and off.

 

This easy crochet bow tie tutorial is perfect for the holidays including Christmas. It's an adorable DIY holiday accessory for boys and it also teaches you how to crochet a bow for beginners.

 

You can make these using any crochet stitch. To learn how to do basic crochet stitches, you can take a course on Craftsy or Bluprint.

This is the perfect “practice project” to make when you’re still learning those beginning stitches but want to make something with it.

 

 
 


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What you need to make a crochet bow:

 

How to crochet a bow for bow ties and headbands:

1. Using  your favorite stitch, crochet  a rectangle. Make it double the width you want your bow to be (about 8 inches wide) and about 1.5-2 inches tall.

 

 

2. Use a slip stitch to join the two ends of your rectangle. Trim. Flip your crochet inside out.

 

 

3. Measure a strip of leather about 3/4 of an inch wide – or however wide you prefer it. Make it long enough to fit around your crochet loop with plenty of overlap. Center your crochet loop horizontally on top of the vertical face-down strip of leather. 

 

 

4. Place a strip of elastic across your crochet loop, running horizontally along the length of your crochet loop. It should form a + with your leather strip. Your elastic should be a little longer than you need it to be for your crochet bow headband or bow tie.

 

 

5. Pull up the ends of your leather strip, and glue in place to form a loop around the elastic and crochet piece. Don’t pull it too tight or it won’t sit nicely. But pull it tight enough so that it’s snug against the crochet and will look like a bow. You’ll probably want to hold it in place until the glue sets using clothespins or something along those lines.

 

 

6. Now finish off your elastic ends as a bow tie or hair bow. Do this by gluing or sewing a seam, or by attaching hook and loop closure to each end.

 

Click to learn how to crochet a bow and make the coolest leather accent bow ties and headbands - perfect holiday accessories for boys and girls!

 

Did you enjoy learning how to crochet a bow? Will you be making crochet bow headbands or bow ties? Comment below!

 

 

 

Print the project!

How to Crochet a Bow

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $1
Follow this simple technique to crochet a bow and turn it into a crochet bow headband or bow tie.

Instructions

1. Using your favorite stitch, crochet a rectangle. Make it double the width you want your bow to be (about 8 inches wide) and about 1.5-2 inches tall.

2. Use a slip stitch to join the two ends of your rectangle. Trim. Flip it inside out.

3. Measure a strip of leather about 3/4 of an inch wide - or however wide you prefer it. Make it long enough to fit around your crochet loop with plenty of overlap. Center your crochet loop horizontally on top of the vertical face-down strip of leather.

4. Place a strip of elastic across your crochet loop, running horizontally along the length of your crochet loop. It should form a + with your leather strip. Your elastic should be a little longer than you need it to be for your crochet bow headband or bow tie.

5. Pull up the ends of your leather strip, and glue in place to form a loop around the elastic and crochet piece. Don't pull it too tight or it won't sit nicely. But pull it tight enough so that it's snug against the crochet and will look like a bow. You'll probably want to hold it in place until the glue sets using clothespins or something along those lines.

6. Now finish off your elastic ends as a bow tie or hair bow. Do this by gluing or sewing a seam, or by attaching hook and loop closure to each end.

  

Notes

Cost estimate is based on material consumption per piece, once you already own the tools.

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