free pattern: bow hair ties

Here is a really quick and easy project that uses only a couple of little fabric scraps. You know those Liberty of London bits that you’ve been saving for just the right project? This is that project: bow hair ties.


Bow Hair Ties


You’ll need two 5″ x 5″ fabric scraps, thread, an elastic hair tie, and about five minutes, tops. So you can make one to coordinate with each outfit, or make a set for a birthday gift. Or for an I-forgot-your-birthday-gift. Whatever.

I made this one out of tie silk, not to be confused with Thai silk. This silk was left over from back when I worked at Tommy and we were using tie silk for everything one season: shoes, trim on men’s shirts, you name it. You could recycle an old tie for the same effect. The shine of the silk and vibrancy of the colors make it look really special. Quilting cotton works fine, too, but you know. Liberty lawn, tie silk. Little scraps of luxury fabrics to make a little hair bow. It doesn’t take much.


Bow Hair Tie


I’m here in the studio by myself today. Not a bad photo of the bow in action for just holding the camera over my head and shooting, no?




You can download this free pattern in the free patterns section of our website. Have fun with it!


  1. January 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm Link

    Omg. This is a perfect thing to do with hubby’s ties when they get a snag, if I can get enough fabric out of one or use two for fun contrast!

  2. January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm Link

    Oh, how cute! This is great for my nearly 11 year old who claims she is too old for traditional bows, boo hoo!

  3. January 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm Link

    I can’t believe you got that pic while holding the camera over your head! It looks great. I’m definitely going to try making these. Clara’s hair is getting long.

  4. January 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm Link

    Love it!
    This might just be the project I’ve been looking for! It will be perfect for all the tiny scraps of Liberty that live in my cupboard!
    Thanks, Ana Sofia

  5. January 31, 2013 at 7:45 pm Link

    Thank you! I will make one tomorrow.

  6. February 1, 2013 at 2:04 am Link

    Love it! Thanks! 🙂

  7. February 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm Link

    Thank you so much, I have already made three hair ties this morning, and nothing can stop me!
    I think that air accessories for children are too expensive, considering the fact that they lost or break them.

  8. February 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm Link

    This is absolutely perfect! I’m cleaning out scrap bins now, so this is just the right thing. Thanks for this project.

  9. February 5, 2013 at 5:17 am Link

    I just saw this last night – and my daughter went off today to her first day of kindergarten wearing one. Made, worn, blogged. Very cute and quick! Thanks for the perfect project at the perfect time.

  10. February 9, 2013 at 2:39 am Link

    Love them – Kitty is very keen on pretty hair bobbles so I’ll have to go digging in the scraps.

  11. August 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm Link

    This is great, but I have one technical question. On the pdf, the pattern is about 7″ by 4″. Am I doing something wrong o should it actually be this size?

    1. August 24, 2013 at 2:57 am Link

      Helen, the sheet of paper is 8 1/2 x 11″. If it is not printing out to fill a whole standard sized sheet, something is off in your print settings.

  12. August 24, 2013 at 11:19 am Link

    OK, thanks!

  13. April 25, 2014 at 1:50 am Link
    brenda eden

    Did anyone else have print issues? My pattern piece is also 7 inches long. I have checked my print settings and it is still not in proportion. Thanks.

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