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Old 09-25-2012, 08:47
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Default Cheer bow help!

I've been hired to make up a team set of cheer bows... no problem, I make bows all the time... but they want a particular style/size and I'm looking for some hints! I posted a photo of what they'd like below

* how much ribbon does it take to make a cheer bow?
* any tips on the best place to buy the sequin ribbon?
* do I need to do anything to make the ribbon stiff enough or is it pretty stiff already? I saw something about adding fabric/wonderunder to the back of grosgrain....

* how much to most people charge for cheer bows?
Thanks for your input!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:04
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Default Re: Cheer bow help!

For a tick-tock I end up using 30 inches at a minimum. The holograph mystique is around $14- $16 a yard and I get around 50 bows (if I remember right) when I'm only doing half the bow. I know I can get 30-35 full bows to a yd.

I stiffen my bows and bake them but that's just me. I know some folks don't do either. I guess it's more of a personal preference. I just know that mine don't get mangled if they get tossed in the cheer bag or we drop a flyer so for me the extra time is worth it.

Depending on the bow complexity is how I charge out.
I use the typical time + materials + 30% and then have a surcharge for the PITA factor (pain in the you know where)

If it's a general bow with minimal sewing then I can go a lot lower.
My dazzle bows with a ton of rhinestone work.... much higher especially the ones I'm hand setting. Ones like this I go usually $15-17. Some people charge a lot more though. So my range is from $10-12 upwards to $35+
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