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Old 05-07-2008, 05:52
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Ok, so I know there are a thousand posts on here about boutique bows, and trust me I have read all of them. However, I am still not getting it I can't seem to get the angles right and still keep the bow together at the center long enough to sew it. How do you keep that back piece from getting bent all funny when you move your loops to a 90 degree angle?

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Old 05-07-2008, 06:35
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I am so with you on this. I tried one day in the car for about 3 hours & still looked like crap. I started again today. I am using the cheating method & finally got 1 bow that looks right. I decided that since I kept losing it before I could get it folded that I was going to try a dab of hot glue. I started with putting a tiny dab of glue on the ends to keep them together then I put that on my middle mark & added another dab of glue. As I was pulling my sides in I added another dab of glue there too. There is barely any glue on each of these places, just enough to keep things where I want them. The 1st time I tried this with the glue in all 4 places I made a beautiful bow. I was so excited & my husband looked at me like I had 3 heads. He doesn't understand how many "bows" (and I use that term loosely) I have tried & thrown away. I have probably used at least 50 yeard of ribbon.
I am going to take a picture of this one & post it.

It is worth it to give it a try.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:58
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Default Re: Boutique Bow frusteration

I was gonna suggest that too, using a stitch to hold. No matter how tight I hold it, it usually twists on me. Or, it looks nice and perky until I wrap the center.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:46
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lol. join the club! I was just fussing about this yesterday!
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I am new to bow making myself (just started trying a couple of weeks ago) and have been struggling w/ the boutique bow as well. I tried using the clip from Sallies and that has really helped me. I was really having trouble w/ the folding the center, everytime I would try it fell apart. They are still FAR from perfect, but they are getting better. In fact, I was just getting to post a picture of one I made and ask for opinions.

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Old 05-08-2008, 10:07
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I get the loops all perfect in my hand - I get so excited THEN when I start to fold - it crumbles in my hand like a crunch chocolate chip cookie
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:46
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LOL! I was in your boat a few months ago and kept posting pics. The girls here were helpful and funny. I was sounding like the verizon wireless commercial. I would have to agree to use a couple extra alligator clips. Also the center fold are key and the loops how there placed. Trust me made tons of lop sided bows.
I can try and help can you post pics?

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Old 05-08-2008, 02:39
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Default Re: Boutique Bow frusteration

See the problem is that I can't even get the loops right in my hand to even begin thinking about the center fold. I think maybe I am not folding the bow right or something. It seems like the back of the bow is always slipping. Let me attempt to attempt one and take pics and see if I can post what I am referring to.

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Not quite sure if I'm doing it right either. It seems like it always looks lopsided to me. I also did the ribbon upside down.... sewing it has definitely helped it get better, but I keep striving for some of the bows I've seen on other ladies websites.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:57
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I swear by michelle's technique. My bows weren't pretty until I followed her instructions and used the elastic thread. You can adjust your bow even after you tie it. Sometimes I still mess up. Then I'll take it apart (iron it if the ribbon is totaly wrinkled and start over).
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