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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American Flag Pallet Display

This DIY American flag pallet makes an easy gate marker or patriotic display for 4th of July. Plus, it’s easy, fast, and inexpensive. Win!

American Flag Pallet Display

I made this American flag pallet last year but never got around to showing it on the blog. I used it to mark my gate for our 4th of July party since rural driveways tend to look pretty monotonous. It’s much easier than “2 farms after the farm with all the cows” or “look for the crooked willow that bends to the north”.

(It just occurred to me how badly I need to make a permanent gate marker with my address. I’ll add that to the to-do list.)

Making an American flag pallet display

I’ve been so busy getting ready for this year’s party that I didn’t have time to sew much or write last week. Luckily I had these pictures from last year; hurray for finally writing a blog post!!

It was the easiest thing to make and I had all the supplies. I’ve seen a million of these on Pinterest and had to make my own American flag pallet. I used leftover paint and an old kitchen sponge for the stripes. The stars were free handed with a tiny kids paintbrush. Whatever works, right?

Trust me, you do not need to be crafty to make this. You could paint any flag really, show team spirit, or design a pallet for every holiday.

American flag pallet display

I’m really excited for our party. Last year we had a pretty good turnout, and I bet we have more people this year. I’m not going overboard on decorations, but I do think that bright colors and festive displays set the atmosphere. If I have time I’ll show you some of the other ideas we are copying off Pinterest. But then again, I said that last year! I have a 4th of July board on Pinterest if you’re interested. I also have a party ideas board that you might like.

Until next time!

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Big Valentines Day Hair Bows

Big Valentines Day Hair Bow | Over The Top Bows

The bigger the bow, the better the mom. That’s what I tell myself, anyways. Here are the big Valentines Day hair bows I made for my daughter and my niece.

Big Valentines Day Hair Bow. Love the candy hearts ribbon and belonged bottlecap center!

This bow has candy hearts ribbon, a blinged bottle cap center, pearl strands, feathers, and a cute side bow.

Big Valentines Day Hair Bow | Over The Top Bows

Big Valentines Day Hair Bows

I didn’t have time to write a tutorial, but you can check out my tutorial: How To Stack A Boutique Bow.

Big Valentines Day Hair Bows with link to tutorial

This big Valentines Day hair bow turned out really cute too. I used curly ostrich feathers in pink and black with tubing, tiny accent bows, and black Swarvoski crystals.

I used the leftover ribbon to make small bows for Bella to give to her friends at school. I forgot to get pictures of them…but who wants to see small bows anyways?!

Check out my Etsy shop if you’d like to purchase a bow, or contact me by email or social media if you need one custom made. Happy Valentines Day!

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New Year, Same Me | Sewing Goals

Say It Again

New Year, Same Asshole

I’m not making “resolutions” for 2016. Resolution means you are resolved and determined to do something. I’m just not that motivated, and I have commitment issues. But I do have a few sewing goals I’d like to aspire to, as well as blog ideas and gardening plans and…well; here’s the list!

No Motivation

Sewing Goals:

Brother CoverPro

Learn My Coverstitch: Get really familiar with my new Brother 2340 CV. (Amazon affiliate link*)

Textile Design: I’d like to learn about digital textile design, as well as experiment with fabric dye and techniques.

Tackle Fit Issues & Pattern Alterations:  Make friends with the FBA, swayback, and several other adjustments for women’s wear. Cuz I have a lot of fit issues.

Conscience Spending: Continue sewing through my stash and only making necessary purchases.

Blogging Goals:

I Don't Do New Years Resolutions

Site Redesign: I don’t like the colors of my header and sidebar items. Why did I choose circus colors?! I’ll probably keep the header but shift to a more calming color scheme.

Social Media: The SewsNBows Facebook page is seriously neglected. I need to do a better job promoting my posts within sewing groups, too. I’m not super committed because social media is so consuming; we’ll see. Balance and time management are key.

Etsy: Research marketing tips and other platforms for selling. My shop sales aren’t that good, I can market myself more productively.

Life Goals:

Say It Again

Gardening: Plan my garden well. I want to grow what we eat, then can it and eat it all year. 2 of my uncles also grow vegetables. If we each grow a couple of staple items, we could really stock our pantries and theoretically do less work. Perhaps 2 or 3 large gardens will be easier than 10 small ones?

Health: Move more, eat better. Blah blah. Living healthy is gross and annoying, but health problems would suck worse. I kind of want a Fitbit. Or someone to constantly slap the donut out of my hand.

Organization: Continue purging unneeded items, and refrain from impulse buying.

Financial: Keep saving money to build a house. Also watch for investment ops in commercial property. There’s an imminent housing boom coming… Dreaming here, but a future nail shop/boutique with my sister would be so awesome. Reality though; even if we just sat on a commercial property, the value should skyrocket for resell.

Einstein

Priorities: I don’t want to miss out any of life’s moments because I’m doing something on this list. I gotta be in the moment with my family. (And less addicted to Pinterest.)

Those are my very loose plans for 2016. What are your New Years resolutions? Did you eat yummy food for the holidays? I’d love to know!

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