It starts by selecting the ribbons to make the bow from. I’ve been in business for 30 years and have accumulated a huge variety of ribbons to choose from. Then I shape the bow from the ribbons and add stitches to hold it together. I pay really close attention to make sure the loops are even and symmetrical. An even symmetrical bow is a beautiful bow. An uneven unsymmetrical bow is just plain ugly.
This is definitely NOT one of our bows! The loops are uneven, of different lengths, and the bow completely asymmetric. Don’t put a bow like this on your child!
Then I glue the bows to the barrette or clip I want to use. I use very strong top quality industrial-grade glue. The bows are nearly impossible to pull off the barrettes once I glue them on. I then make a knot with the ribbon I want in the center of the bow. I wrap the ends of the knot around the bow and put in a stitch to hold them together. Then I put in a stitch to anchor the the knot to the bow ribbon. This holds the knot in place and keeps it from rotating around the barrette. Once I do this I put in two more stitches through the knot ribbon, double-knotting each stitch. For the final step I trim the ends of the bow with a hot knife. This seals the ends of the ribbons and ensures they will not fray.
All this attention to detail and hand stitching are critical! It makes my bows very durable and built to last. I have customers putting my bows on their kids that were bought for them by their mothers when they were kids. And they still look great! I’ve put bows on 3 generations of families (shows my age, oops!) and they are still coming back for more.
A word about barrettes. I use only top quality barrettes from certain special manufacturers. (Take a look at our post “Let’s Talk About Barrettes” to learn more.) They cost more and are harder to get, but they’re worth it. There are a lot of junky barrettes out there that fail quickly. They won’t close properly or break easily, making the bow useless. There’s no point in making a beautiful and durable bow unless the barrette is just as good. If you buy one of my bows you can be sure it will be beautiful, stylish, and durable. So, what are you waiting for?