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Old 06-28-2012, 10:52
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I am new to this business. I was asked to whip up a hair bow sign for my daughter's cheer squad and they loved them. Well a parent wanted a bow made for her daughter's b-day party. I came up with the design and the mom loved it! But I didn't . Again I am new to this and I would like all opinions on how to make this better! I will let you know that I can not make a boutique bow to save my life! All the looping and trying to tie it gives me a headache, no matter how many tutorials I look at. So I have been making tuxedo style bows. I already know that i need to cut the angles on the ribbon a lot better. Also, I want to starch/hairspray my bows. Please give me any advice!
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:10
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Hi,
I have found that using grosgrain ribbon is the easiest to work with. So I would first try using that kind. Also, I used this site when I first started trying to fold a boutique bow.
http://girlythingsbows.com/boutique_bow.html

I now do a couple of things differently, but I still use this basic idea. Practice, practice and practice some more! I know lots of people on here talk about tuts and templates that they love. Do a search for the twisted boutique bow and that will give you some other ideas too!

As for the starching, I use spray starch from Wal-Mart (Stay Flo I think?) and mix it with water. It works well! I really like starching the ribbon before I fold because the bow folds better and holds its shape. HTH!
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I only use the grosgrain ribbon too. It looks great!
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Yes after I made this bow, I realized that grosgrain seems to wor best. There one bow designn that I am making where the customer wants a metallics glitter look on some of the ribbon. What is the best ribbon for that?
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:34
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Yes grosgrain ribbon works best. I like the figure eight method. As far as your V cuts go I have found that when you fold and cut them leave them folded and heat seal them. This way you won't get that U shape. HTH!
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Yes grosgrain ribbon works best. I like the figure eight method. As far as your V cuts go I have found that when you fold and cut them leave them folded and heat seal them. This way you won't get that U shape. HTH!
Thats a great idea! Thanks
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I also agree on the grosgrain ribbon. Also Maybe is my personal preference but the surround loops are usually for the twisted bows. I think that if you add surround loops to a bow tie style bow it kinda over powers the bow. I would suggest using thicker ribbon 1 1/2" or maybe 7/8" for a bow this big. Good Luck!
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I think maybe your surrounds are just a little bit too big. I make a lot of the classic bows using the BBM templates and I use the surrounds ont hem and like them. Maybe just make the surrounds a tad bit smaller so they are hugging the bow more??
BUt on the other hand, if the person buying it likes it, don't change anything!!
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I also agree on the grosgrain ribbon. Also Maybe is my personal preference but the surround loops are usually for the twisted bows. I think that if you add surround loops to a bow tie style bow it kinda over powers the bow. I would suggest using thicker ribbon 1 1/2" or maybe 7/8" for a bow this big. Good Luck!

The ribbon i used was 7/8" but for the surround loops was 3/8. I am going to try practicing the twisted bow a little bit more so that I can use the surround loops. Thanks everyone for the advice!!!
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The ribbon i used was 7/8" but for the surround loops was 3/8. I am going to try practicing the twisted bow a little bit more so that I can use the surround loops. Thanks everyone for the advice!!!
I haven't tried selling my bows because I'm still in the practicing stage. But Like mlhardison1 said I too have used surrounds around the classic style bows. I don't think there are only for the tbb, its just personal preference.

I also like satin ribbon but agree that it is harder to work with. I know my cousin and a couple of her friends prefer satin classic bows to grosgrain classic or grosgrain tbb.

The only thing I see, not sure if its maybe because of the pic, is that the wrong side of the satin ribbon is showing on the bottom half of the top bow. If you really like satin maybe try doublefaced satin or just be careful when folding to turn the ribbon if needed so that the shiny side shows where you want it to.
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Hipgirl 40 Yards 3/8" Grosgrain Fabric Ribbon Set For Gift Package Wrapping, Hair Bow Clips & Accessories Making, Crafting, Sewing, Wedding Decor, Boy Girl Baby Shower-(20x2yd Solid Boutique Ribbons)
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