How to Make Bows | 37 Patterns and Tutorials

Do you have trouble making bows? Bows are not as easy as they look. If you are looking to take your bow making skills to the next level, we have found patterns and tutorials that will teach you how to make bows quickly and easily.

Below are 37 patterns that will teach you how to make a plethora of bows using different crafting techniques. There are free patterns and paid patterns.

Patterns for babies, children, and adults. And do not worry, we did not forget your fur babies. There are bows for cats and dogs too!

1. Sailor Bow Sewing Pattern by SewingAndArtt

Do you enjoy cosplay, sewing, or just want to make a super cute bow for a gift bag? Here is a sewing pattern for a classic bow.

The sailor bow is very versatile and can be used for Halloween costumes or everyday outfits. This how to make bows PDF pattern includes 4 sizes.

Sailor Bow Sewing Pattern by SewingAndArtt

Find the Pattern by SewingAndArtt HERE

2. Holiday Gift Bow Crochet Pattern by MissMaryMACdesigns

This holiday gift bow crochet pattern was designed with gifting in mind. It would make a perfect addition to any handmade gift bag. You could also use it to create a cute holiday headband or sweater.

The Pattern is written in American English using standard US terms. Using the suggested materials, the completed bow will measure approximately 4.5 inches (11.43 cm) across.

To make the bow pattern you will need Caron Simply Soft yarn, a 4.0 mm (g) hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle.

Holiday Gift Bow Crochet Pattern by MissMaryMACdesigns

Find the Pattern by MissMaryMACdesigns HERE

3. Cat Bow Tie Pattern by LittleandCosy

Do you enjoy dressing up your cat? Make them this adorable bow tie.

This tutorial comes with patterns for sizes extra small and small. The PDF includes a step-by-step tutorial with photos and 2 patterns.

Cat Bow Tie Pattern by LittleandCosy

Find the Pattern by LittleandCosy HERE

4. How to Make Bows for a Wreath Tutorial from Kippi at Home

Learn how to make a bows for wreaths, gifts, Christmas tree toppers, and more with this free tutorial. These bows hold their shape thanks to wired ribbon.

To make these bows you will need wired ribbon, zip ties or floral wire, wire cutters, and scissors. You can use the tutorial to make any size bow you need.

How to Make Bows for a Wreath Tutorial from Kippi at Home

Find the Tutorial from Kippi at Home HERE

5. Minnie Ears Hair Bow Wooden Tracing Template For Easy Bow Making

Make the perfect Minnie Ears Hair Bow with this 7 layer wooden tracing template. Making bows could not get any easier.

Make a bunch of these Minnie Mouse bows as party favours for a little girl’s birthday party. Or make a fun bow to wear to Disney World.

This template will make a 5” hair bow. Use faux leather, chunky glitter, and any material that you like for hair bow making.

Minnie Ears Hair Bow Wooden Tracing Template For Easy Bow Making

Find the Templates by CraftyCustomShopInc HERE

6. Hemmed Bow Sewing Pattern by LaBelPatterns

Beginners and experienced sewers alike can easily learn how to make bows with this tutorial.

Included in the download are detailed sewing instructions with pictures and a pattern.

Hemmed Bow Sewing Pattern by LaBelPatterns

Find the Pattern by LaBelPatterns HERE

7. Sun Hat with Bow Crochet Pattern by LilyHandmadeStudio

Why stop at crocheting a bow when you can make the hat too? This elegant sun hat with a bow includes two options brim options. There is a plain pattern and a spiral patterned.

It is a one size fits most pattern. There are written instructions along with photos.

Sun Hat with Bow Crochet Pattern by LilyHandmadeStudio

Find the Pattern by LilyHandmadeStudio HERE

8. Big Bow Baby Headwrap Crochet Pattern by DollBabiesReborns

How cute is this baby head wrap? It has a wide band and a big bow. The bow and band are designed to avoid a bulky knot. It is a quick and easy crochet pattern that uses basic stitches. It would be ideal for photo shoots or parties.

The headband is crocheted in a stretchy stitch to fit sizes Newborn, 0-3 months, and 3-6 months. You will need one ball of size 3 crochet cotton and a size D-3 crochet hook.

Big Bow Baby Headwrap Crochet Pattern by DollBabiesReborns

Find the Pattern by DollBabiesReborns HERE

9. How To Make A Handmade Bow for Wreaths | DIY Bows | DecoExchange Tutorial

Do you have a holiday wreath that needs a new bow? Learn how to make bows for wreaths with this video tutorial. In less than 20 minutes you can have a big beautiful bow.

Find the Tutorial from Deco Exchange HERE

10. Bow Sewing Pattern and Tutorial by TasikoShop

Make this elegant bow to wear in your hair for formal occasions. It has a beautiful classic design that is perfect for weddings.

In this sewing guide, you will learn how to make bows for a women’s and a child’s French hairpin. The pattern is easy and can be completed by a beginner sewer.

Bow Sewing Pattern and Tutorial by TasikoShop

Find the Pattern by TasikoShop HERE

11. How to make bows Pattern by designerDIYshop

Are you looking for a multipurpose craft bow pattern? This one can be used for multiple crafts and occasions.

The bow requires 5 different ribbons varying in size from 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) to 4 inches (10.16 cm) in width, floral wire, narrow ribbon to cover centre, and a glue gun.

How to make bows Pattern by designerDIYshop

Find the Pattern by designerDIYshop HERE

12. How to Make Bows | DIY Double Bow | Dollar Tree Ribbon

The Dollar Tree has some of the best and cheapest ribbon. If you have a stash of this ribbon, why not make some bows.

All you need are 2 rolls of 9 ft. ribbon and pipe cleaner. This is an easy project that is ideal for creating holiday ribbons.

Find the Tutorial from Mindless Crafting HERE

13. Bow Tie Pattern by petitboo

Make cute little bow ties with this how to make bows pattern. These bow ties are great for newborn photo shoots, weddings, formal events, or church.

This bow tie is made up of three parts: the bow, the knot, and the neckband. The neck strap is held in place with Velcro. You could also use snaps.

Bow Tie Pattern by petitboo

Find the Pattern by petitboo HERE

14. Cheerleader Bow Crochet Pattern by SweCraftCorner

This Little Miss Cheerleader headband is a crochet headband with a huge bow. The pattern comes in 7 sizes. It is easily customisable for a child or adult.

The pattern will teach you how to make bows in 7 different sizes. The headband is made with #5 bulky yarn. It is a beginner-friendly pattern.

Cheerleader Bow Crochet Pattern by SweCraftCorner

Find the Pattern by SweCraftCorner HERE

15. Felt Bow Pattern from CutCuteCrafts

You can make this spectacular bow for packages, wreaths, headbands, or hair clips. The pieces can be cut by hand or use one of the cut files included in the download.

The formats included in the digital download are SVG, PDF, DXF, and EPS

Felt Bow Pattern from CutCuteCrafts

Find the Pattern from CutCuteCrafts HERE

16. Felicity Bow Crochet Pattern by Oodlesofcrochet

Here is another bow you can use for a variety of projects. It is a cute little bow that can be used for clothes, shoes, crafts, or packages.

This is a beginner-friendly crochet pattern. You will need a 3 or 3.5 mm crochet hook and DK or Worsted weight yarn.

Felicity Bow Crochet Pattern by Oodlesofcrochet

Find the Pattern by Oodlesofcrochet HERE

17. How to Make Bows with Wired Ribbon – 5 EASY ways

You can learn how to make bows with this free video tutorial. It is a very simple and easy-to-follow tutorial.

Find the Tutorial from The Shabby Creek Cottage HERE

18. 1940s Bow Scarf Knitting Pattern from LilySteeple

Are you looking for a vintage bow scarf to add to your wardrobe? You can make your own in a multitude of colours with this knitting pattern.

The 1940s inspired fitted bow scarf is knit in 4-ply yarn. It is knit using the double moss stitch (K1, P1 two rows then P1, K1 two rows).

1940s Bow Scarf Knitting Pattern from LilySteeple

Find the Pattern from LilySteeple HERE

19. Bow Me Over Bracelet Pattern by SturdyGirlDesigns

Create this gorgeous, beaded bracelet for your next party or special event. The bracelet is stitched in right angle weave with increases and decreases. There is a little beading in the ditch, and some Swarovski crystals for added interest.

Bow Me Over Bracelet Pattern by SturdyGirlDesigns

Find the Pattern by SturdyGirlDesigns HERE

20. Leash with Leather Bow Making Tutorial by TrastadasWorkshop

Are you skilled at working with leather? If so, check out this adorable pet collar.

The PDF includes the pattern, a step-by-step video tutorial, and online support. The printable pattern is real size.

Leash with Leather Bow Making Tutorial by TrastadasWorkshop

Find the Pattern by TrastadasWorkshop HERE

21. Knitted Bow Tie Pattern from Naonu

Knit up this bow tie for the man in your life. It is an easy and fun pattern that works up quickly.

The bow tie is knitted flat. It only uses knit and purl stitches. You will need size US 3 (3.25 mm) and super fine yarn.

Knitted Bow Tie Pattern from Naonu

Find the Pattern from Naonu HERE

22. New Key Chain Hair Bow Template by CreativeWorldCo

Make a batch of these adorable keychains and give them away as gifts or use then as handbag decorations.

This pattern was created for use with cutting machine software, such as Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

Included is a SVG file for Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Designer Edition, a DXF file for basic Silhouette Studio, and a PDF File for cutting by hand.

New Key Chain Hair Bow Template by CreativeWorldCo

Find the Pattern by CreativeWorldCo HERE

Also see: Macrame Keychain Patterns and Paracord Keychain Patterns

23. How to Make Bows for a Wreath by The How To Mom

Sometimes all you need is a quick simple bow. Learn how to make bows, in three different sizes, with this free tutorial. You can use these bows for garland, Christmas trees, and packages.

To make these bows you will need ribbon, string or wire, a hot glue gun, and scissors.

How to Make Bows for a Wreath by The How To Mom

Find the Pattern by The How To Mom HERE

24. Toddler Bow Tie Pattern by SandraPatterns

With this pattern and tutorial, you will be able to make bow ties for babies and adults. The bow ties are adjustable, so they are comfortable to wear.

The how to make bows tutorial was designed with beginners in mind there are numerous steps by step photographs and a detailed description of each stage.

Toddler Bow Tie Pattern by SandraPatterns

Find the Pattern by SandraPatterns HERE

25. How to Make Bows from Living Locurto

This type of DIY bow is perfect for a wreath, a floral arrangement, or decorating a package. The bow has a simple layered messy look that is super easy to create.

The hardest part of making this bow is choosing which ribbon colours to use.

How to Make Bows from Living Locurto

Find the Tutorial from Living Locurto HERE

26. DIY Bow Tie Sewing Pattern by TasikoShop

Bow ties can be hard to tie. In this how to make bow ties tutorial you will learn how to make an adjustable pretied bow in 2 sizes.

This sewing pattern is perfect for beginners as well as expert sewers. Included with the pattern is a video tutorial.

DIY Bow Tie Sewing Pattern by TasikoShop

Find the Pattern by TasikoShop HERE

27. Leather Bow Tie Pattern by TISSOLEATHER

Who says bow ties have to be made from cloth? This DIY bow tie will get a lot of compliments. And you will not have to worry about tying it.

To make this stunning leather bow tie you will need 3.5-4 mm vegetable tanned leather, a 10.5 mm metal buckle, a knife, 5 mm punch pitch, a hammer, thread, a creaser, Tokonole, and a slicker.

Leather Bow Tie Pattern by TISSOLEATHER

Find the Pattern by TISSOLEATHER HERE

28. Bow Beaded Brooch by MomentoMagico

Add a girly touch to any outfit with this beaded bow brooch. You can make this pin in any colour. The brooch would also make a charming gift.

The finished piece measures Height: 2.6 inches (6.6 cm) high and 2.6 inches (6.6 cm) wide.

Bow Beaded Brooch by MomentoMagico

Find the Pattern by MomentoMagico HERE

29. Belt with Leather Bow Tie Pattern from TrastadasWorkshop

Show off your leather working skills with this fabulous belt. You can use this pattern to make belts in a wide variety of sizes and colours.

The PDF includes the pattern, a step-by-step video tutorial, and online support. The printable pattern is real size.

Belt with Leather Bow Tie Pattern from TrastadasWorkshop

Find the Pattern from TrastadasWorkshop HERE

30. Easy Double Layered Bow for Wreaths from Cookies Coffee & Crafts

Use this big bow pattern to create a statement piece for your front door. Hang it up by itself or add it to a wreath. The colour combinations and holiday possibilities are endless.  

Easy Double Layered Bow for Wreaths from Cookies Coffee & Crafts

Find the Tutorial from Cookies Coffee & Crafts HERE

31. Knitted Dog Bow Tie Pattern by LuckyFoxKnits

Are you taking your dog to a fancy event? Or do they just draw a crown when they are strutting down the street? When they wear this bow tie, they will charm everyone they see.

This project was designed to fit all dogs. The neckband is stretchy and comfortable. It features a single button closure. This pattern is worked in the round.

Knitted Dog Bow Tie Pattern by LuckyFoxKnits

Find the Pattern by LuckyFoxKnits HERE

32. Ariana Headband Bow Pattern by calichicstyle

Stand out in a crowd with this large, knitted headband and bow. It is a fashionable accessory and a cute ear warmer.

This is an easy beginner-friendly knitting pattern. Included is a photo tutorial and a pattern to make a knit headband bow in 2 sizes.

Ariana Headband Bow Pattern by calichicstyle

Find the Pattern by calichicstyle HERE

33. Ribbon Bow Tie Tutorial from Keeping it Simple

If you have some ribbon, a pair of scissors, and a needle and thread you can whip up this baby bow tie. This free pattern is perfect for this last minute parties. You can whip several of these up in no time at all.

New Key Chain Hair Bow Template by CreativeWorldCo

Find the Tutorial from Keeping it Simple HERE

34. Bow with Tails Template by ReneeSherwoodDesign

Make classic bows using this template SVG craft pattern. You can use any type of material including wool felts, faux leather and glitter vinyl.

This is an easy-to-use digital craft pattern specifically designed for cutting machines and DIY projects The template is resizable.

The original pattern will create a 3.5 inch bow. The patterns come in three different formats: SVG cut files, JPG, and PDF files.

Bow with Tails Template by ReneeSherwoodDesign

Find the Pattern by ReneeSherwoodDesign HERE

35. Adjustable Bow Tie Pattern by IMakeItYouMakeIt

This PDF men’s bow tie sewing pattern shows you how to make bows that would work well for all occasions. The DIY men’s bowtie pattern is vintage-inspired.

The pattern includes a full sewing pattern and step-by-step instructions with pictures. Once sewn, the bow tie attaches in the back with a hook and eye clasp, and requires no actual tying to wear.

Adjustable Bow Tie Pattern by IMakeItYouMakeIt

Find the Pattern by IMakeItYouMakeIt HERE

36. How to Sew a DIY Dog Bow Tie and Collar Tutorial from Dalmatian DIY

Here is a free tutorial that will show you how to make bows for dogs. They are quick projects that you can make with only a few simple supplies.

How to Sew a DIY Dog Bow Tie and Collar Tutorial from Dalmatian DIY

Find the Tutorial from Dalmatian DIY HERE

37. DIY Lady Bow Pattern by cuteandsewn

Vintage style call for a classy bow. This stylish secretary can be made from satin, chiffon, lace, or any soft draping fabric.

The DIY tutorial includes 4 pages of fully illustrated instructions and an easy to assemble PDF pattern. You will need 1/2 yard of fabric and a snap set or button.

DIY Lady Bow Pattern by cuteandsewn

Find the Pattern by cuteandsewn HERE

Bows can be frustrating to make. Instead of getting discouraged, learn how to make bows with some of these patterns.  

Do you find yourself always needing to make bows? Check out our extensive list of patterns that will teach you how to make bows of all kinds.