yarn bow hair tie! | Chantilly

yarn bow hair tie!

i got into the habit of always having an elastic around my wrist when i was in middle school. i was... a cheerleader (yeah) and had to tie my hair back all the time. but over the years, i've often felt like plain elastics look ugly in my hair, and have wondered about ways to jazz them up.

so it was midnight. i was in my studio staring at some yarn, and it hit me... i could make little bows!! i came up with a tutorial so you can make them too :)

~ first, you need two pieces of yarn. one 56" long, and the other 20" long.
~ fold the longer piece in half four times over.

yarn 1
yarn 2
yarn 3

yarn bow 1

(a captive audience...)

yarn cats

~ string the smaller piece through a hair elastic with equal length on each side.

yarn bow 2

~ grab the "bow" by the middle, and start wrapping the smaller piece around it, tying it to the elastic. wrap it around maybe 5 or 6 times... or however much you feel like.

yarn bow 4
yarn bow 3

~ when you're finished wrapping, tie the loose ends into a knot.

yarn bow 7
yarn bow 8

~ straighten her out...

yarn bow 9

~ you can leave the loose ends, clip them, or incorporate more yarn for a fuller "tie" effect.

yarn bows

~ enjoy your fun new hair accessory!

chantilly yarn bow



  1. Anonymous1/20/2012

    Love it! Thanks!

  2. This is so cute!


  3. um, sorta kinda love this!! also the cats made me laugh out loud. I laugh when my husband changes the guitar strings and all the cats come running ;)

  4. this is cute! Love it!

    And love that last pic of you :) You look so pretty!!

  5. This is a really nice idea. Ah, it's the simple things :)

  6. What a simple yet cute idea! I can't stand my hair on my face, so always tie it.

    Have a great weekend! ;D


  7. Oooh!! So cute! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

  8. SUCH a cute idea!!


  9. i'm glad everybody likes it :) thank you!

  10. Holy moly....how adorable is that and how easy too! Definitely going to have to try this one. Your kitties are the cutest! Oh and I love that last photo of you:)

  11. love this! im sooo not crafty (unfortunately) but i think even i could manage this cute little bow! im going to give it a go!!:D

  12. Very cute and I have TONS of yarn around since I don't have time to knit as much as I used to. Oh... your comment on my tripod post totally cracked me up :)

  13. I love the DIY bow, what a great idea, and the audience members are pretty darn cute. I love playing with string/ribbon with my cats.



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