DIY: Leather Hair Bow

From the moment I lied eyes on this street style shot, I knew I needed a little leather bow for my hair.  The look is fresh, fun, and playful… but the tan leather keeps it from being over-the-top girly.  (Funny enough, I’m not much of a bow girl myself… I never thought I’d see myself rocking a bow in my hair until I saw this photo.)  It’s a fairly straightforward + simple DIY, and so much fun to wear.


 – Sharp Scissors
 – Kitchen Twine (approx. 10″)
 – Faux Leather, cut into one large rectangle (13” by 3”) plus a smaller scrap.
 – Fabric, cut into the same shape as the leather (13” by 3”)
 – Glue (I love Beacon’s Magnatac – it’s the perfect multi-purpose glue.)
 – Needle
 – Thread
 – Fray-Check
– One 80mm Barrette

Full tutorial, after the break.

Start by gluing the fabric to the back of the faux leather.  The purpose here is to cover up the rather unsightly white backing.  You can feel free to skip this step, though I think it lends a nice touch.

Pat the fabric to the leather, smoothing out any creases or wrinkles.

Trim away any excess remnants of fabric.

Apply a thick line of glue to one of the ends.

Fold over, forming a loop.  Press firmly, and allow to dry.

Once dry, flip your loop over and apply a drop of glue.

Fold like an accordion, as demonstrated below.

To secure your folds, tie your twine around the center of the bow.  Give it a firm tug, double knot, and trim the ends.

Next, take a scrap of leather (I used a piece that was 3″ long and 1/2″ wide.)  Wrap it around the bow…

And glue… pressing firmly to secure.

Allow to dry, and then flip it over.  Take the barrette, center it on the bow, and figure out where you want it to lie.  Using a marker, make a dot where you want the holes on the barrette to go on your bow.

Using a needle and thread, carefully sew the bow to the barrette.  Note that you can glue it, but I found that glue would be difficult + messy – and result in a lower-quality end product.  If you do decide to glue it, I’d recommend using hot glue so that you can instantly attach the bow to the barrette.

And voila… the finished result!

All images by Stripes & Sequins, except the top image.

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  1. Fabiola Pina:

    Cute! In case you’re wondering, the original bow from the first picture is from H&M. I bought it for my sister and now I’m thinking I probably should’ve made it, heehee!

    3.29.12 Reply
  2. so easily -0-

    5.22.12 Reply
  3. grace:

    this is sooooooooooooooooooooooo fun!!!!

    7.11.12 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Thanks!! I hope you give it a try.

      7.12.12 Reply
  4. The picture which you found on pinterest is origanally from
    If you didin’t knew that already now youz do 🙂
    and the tutorial is great 🙂

    12.28.12 Reply
    • Grace Atwood:

      Thank you so much! I think I have a new favorite blog… beautiful images!

      12.30.12 Reply
  5. Freda:

    Any way that you can suggests to minimize the string coming off the edges of faux leather or the fabric? The only thing I can think of would be to actually sew the fabric and make a clean seam before you glue it to the faux leather and maybe the same for the faux leather?? I just like a cleaner look.

    8.2.13 Reply
    • Grace Atwood:

      Hi Freda, I would use Fraycheck – it’s great – just run a thin line around the edges and there will be no fraying!

      8.2.13 Reply
  6. Freda:

    I know what it is that is really attracting my eye away and not giving it a more finished look. Maybe take a Brown Sharpie or fabric marker and finish the edge go the fabric and the leather blend. Just saying maybe this would help. I’d have to pay around with it.

    8.2.13 Reply
    • Grace Atwood:

      That’s a great idea! Or you could use one of those leather touch-up markers..

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