In this video lesson, Cheerleading Instructor Lucy Spain teaches how there are several ways to make cheerleading bows, starting with simple ribbons in school colors and moving to more complicated sewn bows.
Video Transcript: LUCY SPAIN: "Hi everyone, I'm Lucy Spain here to show you how to make cheerleading hair bows. The most common cheerleading hair bow is going to be a collection of two simple ribbons that you can buy at any local craft store. You're going to tie them together to simply form a bow, loop that through your ponytail holder so it's nice and secure and won't fall out while you're running around. You want to make sure you use your school colors, or you can use one of your school colors and white or black. A step up from that is going to be a simple ribbon that we're going to decorate with puffy paint. You're going to want to get a wider ribbon this time from your craft store and get colors of puffy paint that correlate with your team colors. On one side of the bottom of the ribbon you can write your name, school name, mascot, or some team player's numbers. You're going to want to make sure you cut triangles at the bottom of all your ribbons. This is going to keep them lasting long and from fraying. Last but not least, we have the fanciest cheerleading ribbon which is going to be made with a sewing machine. This is going to be taking a thick piece of ribbon from a craft store, like so. You're going to want to loop it into a bow and then we're going to take a hot glue gun and actually attach this to a barrette like we have here at the bottom. Once you have it attached to your barrette, you can simply unhook the barrette, clip it in through your ponytail holder, and attach the ends. These bows are going to be a little more difficult to make, so if you have a mother of someone on your squad that has a sewing machine, this would be a great time for her to help you out and get into your team spirit. And this is how you make a cheerleading bow."
In this course, Cheerleading Instrucutor Lucy Spain gives 11 video lessons on Cheerleading Stunts and Accessories.
Cheerleading was invented by a man in 1898, who first directed a crowd in cheering on the University of Minnesota. Since then, cheerleading has become a popular culture phenomenon and a sport. Cheerleaders began as male; but slowly females, who had few offerings for collegiate-level athletics, dominated the hobby. In the early 1970s, the Dallas Cowgirls changed professional cheerleading into simply dance, removing most of the stunts and tumbling in favor of revealing outfits and choreography. In the early 1980s, cheerleading as a competitive sport became popular, and stunts and gymnastics gained in popularity for high school teams. Now there are both amateur and pro official styles of cheering. In this free video series on cheerleading, an experienced cheerleader demonstrates a variety of cheerleading stunts and explains cheerleading accessories like hair bows and pom poms. Learn to do cheerleading toe touches and cheerleading jumps. Perform the splits and a cheerleading pyramid with the help of an expert, all in this free video series on cheerleading.