Monday, January 11, 2010

Beginner's Bow Making Starter Kit

Are you new to bow making? Don't know where to start? Check out this great list of resources by Polka Dot Designs
Bow Making Templates:
• No Bow No Go templates; also called TNT (Top Notch Templates). These are the templates and instructions I have and can attest to their awesomeness:
• Brilliant Bowmaker bow making system. I haven't used this set, but I've heard good things about it:
• DIY templates: (scroll to the bottom of the page)
• Gator Bite:
• Gator Bite Demo Video:
• Sally's Beauty Jumbo Clip:

Useful Tools:
*Heat Sealing Ribbon Ends*
• Woodburner tool: How I Cut & Heat Seal in 1 Step,
Glass Mat to cut ribbon with woodburner tool:
• Lighter:

*Lining Clips*
• High temperature hot glue gun and glue sticks
• Specialty Tapes double-sided tape (OMG, it's awesome!):
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• Sealah double-sided fabric tape

Non-slip product for clippies:
My favorite nonslip method is Duck Hold-It carpet tape: I get mine at Walmart for $8.97/roll.
Video demo that shows how well it works:

Sharp Scissors or a Rotary cutter: rotaryc.jpg
Self-healing cutting mat. You can get these at Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics and Joann. You can see here that prices vary greatly:

A variety of clips and barrette sizes; purchase online or locally at Sally's Beauty Supply.
snap clips:
single prong alligator clip:
double prong alligator clip:
french barrettes:

Starchin' and a bakin' - this method is great for making your bows AWESOME. You can squoosh them, put them in your purse or whatever trauma bows go through and they will spring back to life and not get wrinkled.
Spray your bows with starch of your choice. Sta Flo is the most popular, purchase at WalMart in the laundry department.
Bake bows at 275 degrees for 25 minutes. These variables can vary. I've seen different degrees and minutes posted, but this works for me.
Great tip I've learned is to place your bows in the freezer for a few minutes to set them or just let them cool at room temperature.
You can also spray them once again after you've baked them. I don't, but you may want to.

To sew or not to sew! This is a matter of preference. I tie my bows and I use the Gator Bite. It's worked out great for me, so far.

Sewing Bows:
Upholstery thread or plain waxed Dental Floss
Long Sharp Needles

Video tutorials from
Video tutorials from LookAtMeBaby You Tube Videos

Tutorials from
Here are the tutorials they have:
How To Make A Hair Bow
Stacking Hair Bows
Make A Layered Hair Bow
How To Make Korker Bows
Make A Surrounding Loop For Your Hair Bows
Attaching Barrettes or Clips To Your Hair Bows
Applying A Center Knot To Your Hair Bow
Make Double Loop Toppers
Making Hair Bow Accent Spikes
Easy Pinwheel Bows
Ribbon Woven Headbands
Six Ribbon Woven Headbands
How To Line An Alligator Clip
Make a Beanie Cap
How To Make A Silk Flower Barrette
Tie A Cheerleader Bow

Suppliers I've used:

Check out the original thread by Shelby2000 on
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