Making a Fabric Covered Bow Board

Posted 10-22-2013 at 09:13 AM by whitneywalters

I have three daughters and they all like wearing bows. I have been making hair bows since my oldest daughter was a toddler and we have a very  large collection of bows. For a long time I kept all the bows in a basket but I found it hard to dig through and find the bow we needed for that day. There were several ideas on bow boards online so I decided to make one for all the bows we had.
Making the board was pretty easy. We have two of this style bow boards and three of another style.

What you need -
Framed canvas in size of choice
Staple gun and staples
Measuring tape

Step one -
Start by cutting your fabric to size. Lay your canvas, upside down,  in the middle of the fabric fold one end of the fabric over the edge of the frame. You may need to tuck the fabric under the frame slightly and then staple the fabric in place. Do this all around the canvas, make sure you are pulling the fabric tight enough. I wrap each corner like you would a present, I think it makes the fabric lay nicer.

Step two -
Measure you ribbon and cut it to size. You can do your bow board the long way or short way, it depends on how you want it to hang. I put between three and five ribbons on for hanging spaces. I have gotten to the point that I do not need to use my measuring tape to make sure that the spaces are even but if you are doing this for the first time, I do recommend measuring your spaces. Staple the ribbon in place on the back of the canvas frame. I like to double staple but this is not a must. Some of our bows are heavy and I just like the extra support the double staple gives.

Step three -
Measure and cut your ribbon for hanging. The size of the hanging part is totally up to you. Staple it into place.

Step four -
Embellish the bow board anyway you choose. I have put flowers on the top, buttons on the top of the ribbons, jean pockets for a place to put pony tail holders and more.

Step five -
Hang your board and fill with hair bows.


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