Custom Hair Bows: Are They Worth The Price?

Are custom hair bows worth the price tag? For some of you, the answer will be a resounding yes! Personally, I learned how to make bows because the prices made me cringe. I try to stock less expensive options in my shop, as well as taking custom hair bow orders. Occasionally I write tutorials here on the blog, for my friends who prefer to just make bows themselves.

Custom Hair Bows: Are they worth the price?

Today I’m showing off some recent custom hair bows, and talking about price differences in custom versus RTS (ready to ship) hair bows.

Custom Hair Bows

Custom hair bows are made by me, upon your request. They are one of a kind, and often designed to match a specific outfit or for a special event.

OTT stands for over the top, and too much is never too much. Over the top can apply to a custom or RTS bow, and the price range varies a lot, even on the bows shown in this post. Sometimes my custom bow prices are very comparable to RTS in the shop, depending on supplies used.

Custom Hair Bow

For example, the hair bow above has almost $20 in supplies; including designer ribbon, rhinestone hardware, feathers, shabby flowers, tulle, lace, Swarvoski crystals, and other details.

Custom Hair Bow

That doesn’t include the cost of labor or shipping. Often a custom OTT bow requires a trip (or multiple trips) to the nearest supply store, or supplies must be ordered. Depending on your order and availability of supplies; there could be a wait time.

Custom Panda OTT Hair Bow

This panda hair bow has over $12 worth of materials. Designer ribbon was shipped from Australia, and the felt appliqué panda pieces were hand made. I made this bow for my daughter, but if I listed it in the shop it would be difficult to fetch $20. A $20 price tag would earn me minimum wage. That’s why I  make custom OTT bows upon request only.

Custom Panda OTT Hair Bow

Character bows are almost exclusively custom orders. I still have lots of Angry Birds (as well as other) ribbons from when they were very popular. As a result, I prefer not to shop in bulk for themed or character ribbon.

If you see a print or design that you love in the shop, you may want to buy it quickly. I usually buy small amounts, and designer ribbon is not mass produced. There is often only one place to get it, and if I have a high demand I may not be able to get more until or if there is a re-print.

Custom Hair Bow

I refuse to use sub-par materials or techniques, and shop as ethically as possible. I incorporate my leftover designer and imported ribbon scraps and into RTS hair bows. Nothing goes to waste, and I can offer better pricing in the shop.

Snowflake Hair Bow

Most of my sales are custom orders. When I have my supplies out, I try to make a few bows for the shop. They are often more affordable than the custom bows, but still have all the impact. I usually only make one or two.

Custom OTT Bows and RTS bows

Here is an example of custom hair bows versus RTS bows. The bow on the left is 6″, while the RTS bow is 5″. Size isn’t a significant factor in pricing, but the smaller size allows the “I Wake Up Fabulous” ribbon to be a focal point. It would get lost on a larger bow.

The lace fan and feathers are replaced with more glitter tulle for the RTS, and a rhinestone bottle cap centerpiece is a cute alternative to the large blingy crystal button. Instead of 2 side bows with bling hardware, the RTS rocks a single bow at the bottom of the spikes. The custom bow has more designer ribbon prints, and Swarvoski crystals. Crystals are applied with a special heat tool. It takes a little time and a steady hand!

Deciding whether custom hair bows are worth the price is up to the buyer. The customer is always right! While a hand made shop can never compete with mass produced store bought hair bows, I try to have something for everyone and have lots of price range to choose from. Stop by SewsNBows on Etsy to look at my ready to ship bows!

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New Hair Bows in the shop!

Whoa, it’s been a while! Hello friends! Here are a few new hair bows in the shop.

I Wake Up Fabulous OTT Hair Bow

This one is my favorite! The looper ribbon says, “I wake up fabulous”. It’s a 5″ bow with your choice of clip or barrette.

Personally, I wake up like a dump truck; but if you got it, flaunt it!

Gold & Black OTT Hair Bow: Perfect for hunting season!

This 6″ hair bow is perfect fall hunting season and holidays. Gold and glitter for the win!

Hair Bow with felt deer

Check out the felt deer nestled on top. The black ribbon has deer embossed in gold. It fastens with a French barrette.

OTT Panda Hair Bow

This 5″ panda bow is available on your choice of hardware. It’s inspired by a custom bow I made for my daughter. Hope to show you some of my custom bows soon!

Panda Hair Bow

Due to the high volume of local orders, I’m unable to meet a Christmas deadline for custom order bows. But if you’d like to check out these bows and see what else is in the shop, visit SewsNBows on Etsy!

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Sew Fashionable 10/13/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Fall Nails

Bows are finished, and corsages are lined up all in row. I literally just got done…but we’re ready for homecoming Saturday! A picture of nails because I can’t look at flowers for a while ;)

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Make

Angela’s not-poncho

Helen’s wardrobe basics

Kelli’s Blair shirt

Carolyn’s chic raincoat made from a shower curtain

Style

How To Mix Prints at Southern Curls & Pearls

Learn

Make a narrow hem on curves at Itch To Stitch /

Ideas on storing PDF patterns

Shop

IndieSew Fall Collection

The Kelly Anorek from Closet Case Files

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Sew Fashionable 10/03/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Pinktober Cheerleader

This week we had our first PinkOut game. (Did you see my Pinktober Cheer Bow tutorial?) Our squad looks awesome for breast cancer awareness month.

I’ve been so busy with bow orders, costuming, and homecoming preparations that I almost forgot to post today! And I totally spaced out on posting the t-shirt I made Bella. But I got some quick pictures just now, so hopefully I’ll have an actual sewing related post soon:)

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Make

Lindsay’s Melilot Shirt and Driftless Cardigan

Abbey made 3 garments for the Style Maker Fall blog tour

Elena’s Jenna cardigan hack

Tanya’s shift dress

Kelley’s Pendleton jacket

Katie’s Helmi dress

Style

How To Style a Blanket Scarf at Southern Curls & Pearls

Learn

Single welt pocket tutorial at Itch To Stitch

Heather’s shibori dyeing techniques

Becca’s 15 minute caftgan tutorial

Shop

The Boylston Bra is now available in sizes DDD-J

(Omg yay)

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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