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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Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial #pinkout

Pinktober is almost here! It’s time for cheerleaders to trade in the team colored pom poms and bows for pink. The Great Pinkout promotes breast cancer awareness across the nation. Check out this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial to DIY your own!

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Cheer bows are the easiest bows to make, and there are tons of options for embellishment. I worked with the materials I had on hand for this year’s bows, but with a larger budget you can can go all out.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Materials:

Two 20″ lengths of 4″ wide ribbon

One 2″ length of 7/8″ ribbon for the center 

One 2.25″ length of 7/8″ ribbon (to cover the French barrette)

Upholstery or heavy duty thread

4″ French barrette

Hot glue gun

Embellishments such as glitter striping, Swarvoski crystals, rhinestone mesh, embroidery letter stickers, glitter letters, etc

Note: The light pink below is two pieces of 2″ ribbon, joined with the glitter stripe. I couldn’t find the right shade of breast cancer awareness pink in the 4″ width; so I had to improvise. You can use this method to make half your bow two-toned or mix prints.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Begin with the 4″ wide lengths of ribbon. Lay them criss-crossed, forming an “X”. You will accordion fold the center, and pinch it together with your fingers on one hand.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use a needle and thread to secure the center, and trim the excess thread.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Glue your French barrette to the back of the bow. Remove the wammy bar for now.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use the 2″ strip of 7/8″ ribbon to secure the barrette to the bow in the center. Make sure the front of your bow is nice and smooth in the middle.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

The 2 1/4 inch strip of ribbon goes over the seam. This further secures the barrette to the bow. Now you can pop the wammy bar back in place.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Embellish the center of your bow. I used a strip of rhinestone mesh. Large rhinestones and bottle caps should be secured with super glue. My preference is gorilla glue* gel. (*amazon affiliate link)

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Trim your tails and heat seal the ends with a lighter. Embellish your tails. I’ve seen vinyl, embroidery, and hand painted creations. The sky is the limit!

Cheerleaders wear their ponytail as high as they can, with the bow tails facing forward. It sits high on the girls’ heads because the crowd is above them. The cheer bow should a dazzling accent to the uniform, because when you look down at them from the stadium it’s often the first thing the crowd will notice. (Other than the talent, of course!)

Cheerleaders don’t want wimpy bows. Click How  To Stiffen Hair Bows to ensure that your bows are crisp and not floppy!

How To Make Cheer Bows with Step By Step Instructions

I hope this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial is helpful. These bows are great all year round- for any occasion.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

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Sew Fashionable 09/19/16

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

Pinktober Cheer Bow

It’s hair bow season! I’m working on our Pinktober bows for Bella’s cheer squad. I made do with the supplies I had on hand. If I had the budget, I’d cover them in Swarvoski crystals and blind the other team with our dazzling bling. I did manage to get lots of sparkle though:) The best part is: I’ll have a tutorial for you later this week!

On a side note; I feel like I’m cheating on sewing with hair bows. I can’t resist the glue gun lately.

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

Sew Fashionable

Make

The Gemma tank as a dress at Made By Rae

Jacqui’s harem pants

Theresa’s Alder shirtdress

Niko’s Delphi maxi dresses

Learn

Make a convertible body suit

How to fade your denim

5 tips for better pressing

How to do a high round back adjustment

Shop

The Timeless Tunic sewing pattern from P4P

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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New Hair Bows in the Shop

I’ve got some new hair bows in the shop in time for back to school! These bows are made with lots of designer ribbons and I purchase all my supplies here in the U.S.

Be sure to visit MayenDesigns on Etsy if you need some fabulous hair accessories!

It really is true that the best parents buy bows. People who buy my hair bows tend to improve their credit scores and enjoy a longer life expectancy; and their children score higher on school exams. My customers also burn up to 30% more calories during an average workout. Just sayin’.

The statistics and statements above have not been proven in any official studies or test groups. They are my opinions as a certified hair bow expert. Except I’m not actually certified.*

What's Poppin Bow available at MayenDesigns on Etsy

Dream Chaser Hair Bow available on MayenDesigns on Etsy

Hello Beautiful Hair Bow available at MayenDesigns on Etsy

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Mermaid Hair Bow available at MayenDesigns on Etsy

Owl Hair Bow available at MayenDesignson Etsy

Dream Chaser Hair Bow

Um Duh Hair Bow

Shop MayenDesigns on Etsy!

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