DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

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Learn how to make bow elastic hair ties with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a quick and easy handmade gift!

Use up all your scraps of fabric to make the cutest hair bows. The great thing about these bows is that they get tied onto elastic hair ties. It makes them easier to wear AND easier to sew! It’s only one pattern piece and two seams.

I created a free sewing pattern for these bow elastic hair ties, and they come in three different shapes: square end, round end, and diamond end. They all make really cute bows, and I can’t wait to make all the hair bows for handmade gifts!

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

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What fabric works best for Bow Elastic Hair Ties?

The best fabric for these simples bows are quilting cotton, cotton lawn, or chambray when it’s cut on the bias. These types of fabric are soft with a little bit of body, they are easy to sew and press well, they come in every color and print, and they are durable.

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

DIY Bow Elastic Ties


  • Free bow elastic hair tie sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post
  • Scraps of quilting cotton
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $5. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties supplies

Cut out two pieces of fabric for each bow on the bias.

cut out two of each piece on bias

Place the matching pieces right sides together and pin. Sew around the edge with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and leave a 2 inch hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew right sides together and leave a hole

Use scissors and pinking shears to trim all the corners and to notch the outer curves.

trim and notch corners of bows

Turn the bow right side out through the hole. Use a point turner to carefully poke out all the corners.

turn right side out and poke out corners

Press the bows flat with the seam allowance tucked inside for a crisp edge.

press flat with seam allowance tucked inside

Edgestitch the hole closed. Use matching thread for the stitching to hide, but a lot of the edgestitching will be hidden in the finished knot.

edgestitch the edges and close hole

Tie the bow onto a elastic hair tie with a square knot. You finished!

tie bows in square knot around hair elastic

Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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