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DIY Hair Ties | How to Make Hair Ties {FREE Pattern}

Those lovely DIY hair ties are soo cute and soo easy to make. It’s a project that is great for both beginners and kids and whips up in just 5 minutes. Learn how to make those bow hair ties with our step by step tutorial.

It is such an easy to make hair accessories, that you can sew them in bunches and give away as a gift.

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Below you will find my written tutorial how to make hair ties with VIDEO instructions  for all the visual learners.

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Watch the diy hair ties video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Print and cut hair ties pattern

Download the knot bow hair ties pattern and print it out on US letter paper without any scaling. Don’t print directly from the browser as the template may not print correctly. Cut it out.

STEP 2: Cut fabric

Cut fabric according to pattern, the seam allowance is already included so you don’t need to add it.

If you need to fussy cut your fabric, trace the pattern on a piece of clear plastic material and cut out the template.

2 pieces of fabric cut according to the knot bow hair tie pattern

STEP 3: Sew around hair tie

Sew around the hair tie fabric using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

stitching around the hair tie

STEP 4: Snip & clip

Snip both corners of the hair tie, then clip around the curved edges to allow the fabric to lay flat and give the whole thing a more professional look. If you have pinking shears, use them instead. Do not clip the turning gap or it will make turning the hair tie around ridiculously difficult.

pinked edges of the knot bow hair elastic

STEP 5: Turn it around

Turn the whole thing inside out. Use corner turner or something pointy to push the corners out.

turning inside out the knot bow hair tie


STEP 6: Press

Press well with an iron. I know that a lot of people hate ironing with a passion but hear me out. Pressing your makes gives them a professional polished look. Although I, too, hate ironing, I always press my makes. I keep a small pressing pad (that I made myself) next to my sewing machine and it’s really convenient.

pressing flat the fabric of the bunny ears hair tie

STEP 7: Stitch opening (optional)

Stitch the opening closed. I tested topstitching the whole hair tie but honestly I didn’t like how it turned out. I prefer NOT to topstitch it as it looks much better in my opinion.

topstitching the knot bow hair tie to sew the gap closed

It has a special fluffy look that I like. I can’t really describe this in words, but if you guys are interested, let me know in the comments below and I’ll snap a picture so you can compare them side by side. They say a picture is better than a thousand words, and in this specific case I totally agree!

STEP 8: Tie it around the hair tie

Take care to make both “bunny ears” look equal. If you made it from two fabrics you can opt to twist one of the ears for a more interesting look.

Tying the bunny ears knot bow around colorful rubber hair tie

That’s it your diy knot bow hair tie is ready! Now go make a bunch more to match each of your outfits or sew some for your besties to give as gift!

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Did you make this DIY hair tie? What colors you used? How many did you make?

If you loved these bunny ears hair accessories, you’d love my collection of Easter projects

Do you have an idea how to make hair ties easier or better? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you


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Michelle - May 19, 2020

These are so cute! And they look easy to make, too. I love the fabric you used.

    Helen - May 21, 2020

    Thank you! They are easy. Just try!

Life Diet Health - May 19, 2020

You make that look so easy! I’m sure it would take me much longer than 5 minutes! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

    Helen - May 21, 2020

    It is easy! Once you get the hang of it, it will take you just few minutes I promise

Allie - May 25, 2020

Oh my gosh, these are so adorable!!! Thanks for sharing this quick tutorial. It definitely looks easy enough to even hand-sew… IN fact, I’m tempted to do just that!

    Helen - May 25, 2020

    Do it! They are really cute and so easy!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - May 26, 2020

Those are more than adorable. I pinned this to make some for my new great-niece. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea with us at #HomeMattersParty

    Helen - May 27, 2020

    Thank you so much, Donna! I’m sure she’ll love them. I’d love to see them when you make them, tag me on social 🙂

Michelle - May 26, 2020

What a cute idea!

Thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

    Helen - May 27, 2020

    Thank you for stopping by, Michelle! I love CC

Kerryanne - May 28, 2020

Such cute hair ties Helen. Thank you for sharing them at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your DIY hair ties at tomorrow’s party and pinning them too.

    Helen - May 28, 2020

    Thank you so much for the feature, Kerryanne. I’m delighted to hear you liked them so much

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Kathy A - May 29, 2020

These are so cute; want to make some for the “grands!”

    Helen - May 31, 2020

    They’ll love them

SUSAN - February 27, 2021


    Helen - February 28, 2021

    Hi Sue,
    I can’t check the measurements right now, but there is a test line at the top of the page, which helps you check that the file was printed at the right scale. The only way to know if a pattern has printed correctly is to check the test line.

Mary - March 28, 2022

I loved these for my nieces but how did you put the thing on to hold the elastic.

    Helen - March 29, 2022

    You just tie the bunny ears around the elastic. That’s it!


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