How to make bow for derby hat

How to make bow for derby hat

Creating a bow for a derby hat is a classic and stylish addition that can enhance the hat’s overall look. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a bow for a derby hat:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Grosgrain ribbon or satin ribbon (1.5 to 2 inches wide is a common choice)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Hat pin or clip
  • Lighter or heat source (for ribbon ends)
  • Measuring tape (optional)
  • Fabric glue (optional)


1. Measure and Cut the Ribbon:

  • Determine the desired size of your bow. The size of the bow will depend on your personal preference and the size of your derby hat. A standard size is around 4 to 6 inches wide.
  • Measure and cut a piece of ribbon to the desired length. You’ll need two pieces of ribbon—one for the bow’s loops and one for the center knot.

2. Create the Bow Loops:

  • Take the first piece of ribbon and form a loop by bringing the ends together. The size of this loop will determine the bow’s size.
  • Overlap the ends slightly and secure the loop by sewing or using fabric glue.
  • Repeat the process to create a second loop of the same size.

3. Form the Bow:

  • Lay the two loops on top of each other in a cross shape, with one loop perpendicular to the other.
  • Pinch the center of the cross to create the bow’s characteristic shape.
  • Wrap a smaller piece of ribbon around the center of the pinched area to secure the bow’s shape. This piece of ribbon will serve as the knot that holds the bow together.
  • Sew or glue the center knot in place.

4. Trim the Ribbon Ends:

  • Trim the ends of the ribbon tails at an angle for a neat finish.
  • To prevent the ribbon from fraying, you can quickly run the cut ends near a flame (such as from a lighter) to seal them. Be careful not to burn the ribbon; a brief pass near the flame should suffice.

5. Attach the Bow to the Derby Hat:

  • Decide where you want to place the bow on your derby hat. Common positions include the front, side, or back, depending on your preference.
  • Sew the bow onto the hat at the chosen location using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Be sure to secure it firmly.

6. Test and Adjust:

  • After attaching the bow, check to ensure it’s securely in place and positioned as desired. Make any necessary adjustments.

7. Wear Your Derby Hat with the Bow:

  • Now that your bow is securely attached to your derby hat, you can proudly wear it for derby events, special occasions, or simply to add a touch of elegance to your outfit.

Adding a bow to your derby hat is a classic way to elevate its style and make a statement at derby parties and other formal events. You can also customize the ribbon color and size to match your outfit or personal style.

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