How to Tie a Dress Bow

Tell me I’m not the only mom of little girls who has tied, and retied, and retied again their pretty dress bows because that center knot refused to come out right?!  With some experience I’ve learned a few tricks to tie the “perfect” dress bow.

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How to Tie a Dress Bow

  1. Stand so you’re on the backside of the bow.
  2. Using your dominant hand (sure enough, I’m left handed), cross the ribbon over the top of the ribbon in the non-dominant hand.
  3. Still using your dominant hand, grab the ribbon that comes out from the under position and make a loop with it.
  4. Wrap around the loop with the ribbon that came out over the top.
  5. Pull through; straighten and fluff the bow.


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  1. Brilliant! I hate tying those dress bows. I was pretty excited to have black velvet jumpers (w/ no bows to tie!) this year for my girlies, but I’m thrilled to have your technique to try next time. 🙂

  2. I’ve been wondering this for 2 1/2 years! THANKS!

  3. I fondly remember my mom’s warm breath going down my back as stood above and in front of me. She always said that the trick was being above the bow.

  4. I’ve also found this is the only way…what to do when the girls get too tall to tie from the front?! 🙂

  5. Aw, you have the prettiest dress model :)!

  6. Thank you! I’m actually going to share the link to this. I’ve been a mom to a girl for 5 years now and had never figured out the trick! LOL. THANK YOU!


  1. […] How to Tie A Dress Bow @ The Finer Things in Life was a huge help to me. I’m almost 5 years into being the mom of a little girl who always wears dresses and I hadn’t figured this out yet. My bows never look like they do in the stores!! Thank you for sharing, Amy! […]

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