Ugh! I'd be so upset. Not even at the cost of the materials but the time you spent on it. I've only made my daughter 3 sets of bows so far and I'm so protective of them that I won't let her wear them to school (that's what the cheap Target clips are for!) One fell out on a shopping trip once and I actually found it when I backtracked to the children's section of Old Navy. It sure would be nice if someone would sell solid metal headbands - at least then you could bend them back into shape.