I tried freehand and my bows were ridiculous looking!
They say it gets better with time but I was so frustrated I bought the templates. Boy am I happy I did! I use the TNT templates and love them! They help me keep it even and i was having trouble with that. My alligator clip comes today and I'm praying it helps me with my creases... I'm thinking I just don't have the fingers for bow making or something!