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How to Make Knotted Hair Ties

Are you looking for a quick and easy sewing project that’s great for beginners or kids? Then I think you’re going to love this project! Liz from  Simple Simon & Co. is here to teach you how to make knotted hair ties! If you like this project, then you may also like this Bow Tie Bracelet Sewing Pattern.

knotted hair ties in various colors on white table

Hello!  It’s Liz from Simple Simon and Company and I’m excited to be here on The Polka Dot Chair sharing how to make one of my girl’s favorite hair accessories…knotted hair ties.

These hair tie bows are easy to make, are great gifts to put together for gifts, and are a perfect scrap-busting project!

pink and green hair ties on white table

How to Make Hair Ties

Supply List

fabric and black elastics on table
  • 2 pieces of fabric each about 8″x 4″
  • A hair elastic.
  • The free pattern piece (grab it below).

Knotted Hair Tie Instructions

Step One: Print out the Pattern

Print out the free pattern (link above) and use it to cut out 2 pieces of fabric.

cut out hair ties sewn right sides facing on white table

Step Two: Sew

Place your two pieces of cut fabric on top of each other with the right sides together and sew around the perimeter using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 1-inch opening for turning.  (I leave my opening in the middle of one of the sides as shown in the photograph.)

pinked edges of hair ties

Step Three: Clip Curves

Using pinking shears (or the method of your choice) clip the curves of your bow without cutting through your stitching.

Step Four: Turn Right Side Out

Using the opening you left in the stitching turn your bow right sides out.  Press.

*Note: At this point, you can also hand stitch the opening closed however, I don’t do that.  If you left the opening in the middle of the bow the opening will be covered when you tie the bow.

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Step Five: Add Elastic

Slide your bow through your elastic hair tie so that the hair tie is centered in the middle of your bow.

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Step Six: Finishing

Tie in a knot and fluff.

pink knotted hair tie on white table

And you are done!

Repeat as many times as necessary.

Thanks for hanging out with us today!

About the Makers:

We are Elizabeth and Elizabeth, two girls who married brothers and ended up with the exact same name.  We are also the same age, both former school teachers, have the same number of children, live in the same county, have dogs rescued from the pound, and share a love for sewing, quilting, and homemaking art.

Together we blog over at Simple Simon and Company where we get the opportunity to share tips, tricks, tutorials, recipes, and thoughts with our readership.

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  1. Great idea and simple to make too! These will be added to all my charity shoe boxes for girls! Thanks for the cute idea.

  2. I am learning to sew. Made my granddaughter a couple dresses & wanted to make the hair tie bows. I have entered my e-mail several times. I cannot seem to get to the site where it recognizes me. I keep getting a prompt to enter my email then, it asks if I want to update! Help!
    I’m sure it’s “user error”!
    Thank you

    1. Did you get the email to confirm your subscription? You have to do that before it will “see” you.

  3. I gave the hair tie pattern and instructions to my Mennonite friend whose daughter is learning to sew. I gave her not only the pattern but gave her fabric remnants and the elastic ties. Her mom said that they would look nice at the bottom of her friends pig tales. Thank you for the pattern.

    1. Okay, that’s the cutest thing I’ve heard all week! So glad youlike the pattern!!

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