For fastpitch players, softball hair bows are practically part of the uniform. From the littlest coach-pitch players to the college athletes, fans will find ribbons on ponytails. I made these “softball streamer” or “pony-o” style bows for my daughter’s team, making sure they were made as tough as the girls are. Customize ribbon colors for teams, school spirit days, or occasions.
To Make Softball Hair Bows
You will need:
- 5-6 styles of coordinating ribbon, varied patterns and widths as desired
- Elastic ponytail band, no metal pieces
- Needle and coordinating thread
- Fabric glue or hot glue
- Lighter or heat tool
Step 1. Cut ribbon in 24″ lengths. I find that older girls (10+) like the longer length rather than the shorter, poofy, style. If you’re looking for short and poofy, cut ribbons to 15-20″.
*tip* If you’re making bows for a whole team, cut all the ribbon at once and make them assembly-line-style (all of step 1, then all of step 2, etc.) rather than making one full bow at a time. It cuts down on having to switch out supplies over and over.
Step 2. Arrange ribbons and sew together. Line up ribbons in desired order, with narrower ribbons toward the top. Thread needle, knot end, and sew ribbons, weaving in and out of each ribbon as shown. Once all the ribbons are sewn, gently tighten thread to gather ribbons together. This method will produce more volume than simply stacking the ribbons flat and stitching through them.
Step 3. Attach ribbons to ponytail holder. These are sport bows, they need to be as strong as our players are. Stitch through ponytail holder and ribbons, wrap thread around both pieces 4-5 times, and stitch through holder and ribbons again. Knot thread, and trim excess.
Step 4. Cover thread with ribbon. Use 2″ length of ribbon (1/2″ to 5/8″ wide). Tie a half-knot in the center for a bit of extra detail, then glue knot directly in center of stitching. Hold in place for a minute or so until glue dries.
*note* Do not use anything containing hard plastic or metal as a decorative accent in this area if you are planning to use these bows for sports. Those materials are illegal for safety reasons, and won’t be permitted on the field. The ribbon knot is perfectly legal.
Wrap loose ends of ribbon piece around ponytail band, trimming excess if needed, and glue in place.
Step 5. Trim and seal ribbon edges. Use scissors to trim edges of ribbon so the ends of each ribbon type are even, cutting at an angle. Ribbons can be cut all the same length, or varied lengths and angles, depending on preference. To seal ribbon edges and prevent fraying, pass end of ribbon lightly over tip of lighter flame or heat tool until the cut edge just becomes glossy. (Alternately, dab white glue or decoupage medium on edges if flame or heat tool is unavailable.)
Once the ends are trimmed and sealed, you’re finished. And if you made them for everyone, you’ll have a team full of happy girls at the next practice. Yay you!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great season!