I have a fun and cheerful (pun intended!) tutorial for you today! My daughter cheers varsity for the high school, and she is constantly looking for unique and cute cheer bows. I swear, it’s like a cheerleader obsession. During practice, cheerleaders want the bows that no one else has! So I made this DIY cheer bow for her for Independence Day. If you want, you can also make an cheer bow set for the entire team for like $10.
DIY Cheer Bow Blue and White Stripes for July Fourth
I apologize for the grainy photos, everyone! 🙂
- Blue 3″ Ribbon
- White cotton fabric
- Red cotton fabric
- 2 Packages, Iron-on Stars
- Fabric Fray
- Iron-on double-sided tape
- Hair elastics
Step-by-Step Instructions for DIY Cheer Bow:
Cut a 30″ piece of the base ribbon.
Two fat quarters, one in white and one in blue.
Cut out one inch x 13 inch strips, three white and three red.
Sew the right sides together of one white and one red using a 1/4″ seam.
You can sew a red strip on the other side of the white, before ironing, if you want. Or you can iron and then sew another side. Make sure you iron the seams open.
You also need to iron the ends underneath. For this strip, it will be the red sides. So you do not have raw edges on the red ends. I ironed them under so that the red and the white are equally wide.
Place the stars on your red & white combo. I learned (later on) that the stars should go sorta near the bottom, so they are kind of hidden on one side. Iron them on.
Using some fabric glue or double-sided iron-on, iron or glue the strip to one side of your blue ribbon. Make sure the ends meet.
Repeat for the opposite side, this time with white-red-white combo. See I spaced out the stars better.
Put the ends together, right-sides together
Fold in half.
Cut on the angle.
This is what the end will look like now. I put some fray stuff on the bottom so it won’t unravel.
Lay your ribbon kind of like this, with the stars and stripes facing upwards.
Make a tube out of the blue, by folding into thirds.
Wrap the blue around the ribbon, like so.
Add your hair ties in the back.
Use some fabric glue to glue the blue tie. Here, I put some clips to keep it in place while it dries. I discovered that using a rubber band is also pretty helpful (wrapping the rubber band around the blue tie part.)
Last step is just to cut off some of the blue fray in the back to tidy it up.
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