It only took me 3 hours to do my first one!! LOL After I got the hang of it, I was able to finish one in less than 10 minutes, I think. I'm a bad judge of time. Anyways, I have found it easier using 5/8" ribbon versus 3/8". It is much easier to get the braid even, in my opinion. Plus, it takes less ribbon and less time! What does the back of everyone's look like? Just like the front? If so, I'm not quite doing them right, but they still look nice, so I'm sticking with it.