These new Spring releases are so cute! We can’t wait to see that floral, especially! It’s a sweetie. So we have 5 new colors of Jumbo Dots, 3 new Ikats, Spring Daisies and NEW Easter Eggs! And of course, lovely, high-quality Satin Roses at a super good price. So cute! We’re so excited!
Whew – and we’re back online! Here at Ribbon and Bows Oh My, we switched to a new website layout and knocked our blog down in the process. New, responsive, beautiful, and easier to navigate, we’re in love with it! If you have not seen it, go check it out.
Along with the new website, we added some new goodies – RABOM Felt Bows! 21 new colors and enough material to make six adorable bows. You can mix-and-match the loops, double up loops or tails, and make tails-out or tails-down bows. What’s our favorite thing about these new bows? No sewing! They come together entirely with a glue gun. You can sew if you like, but you don’t have to!
It’s finally here – something we’ve been excited about for a few weeks now! Officially Licensed Disney Character Ribbon! We have Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff – everyone from Frozen! And of course we have the Disney Princesses: Belle, Aurora, Rapunzel, Ariel and Cinderella. We have a ton of Mickey and Minnie ribbon (as well as some guest appearances by Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto!) And totally new to us here at RABOM, we have Doc Mcstuffins and Sophia the First!
So many cute prints on 1.5 and 7/8 inch satin – we can’t wait to see these bows!
It’s here. The tutorial to help demystify the enigmatic, often-confusing but totally AWESOME Boutique Bow. In my Boutique Bow journey (lol, but seriously), I have discovered many things (symmetry, focus of attention) and some things still remain a mystery to me. Bowmakers who can create a Boutique Bow by folding and pinching? Give those ladies props because that’s some serious skill! The way I learned how to make a consistently cute Boutique Bow was through placing and pinning my loops. You will see in the video that I do not attempt to fold the bow while holding it – rather I pin my loops in place, removing and replacing pins as I go, until I have a bow that can be pinched and un-pinched without the overlapping loops ever moving out of place. I found that this was the best method for me because – quite simply – if I messed up my pinch, I don’t have to remake my bow! And I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
So before I give you a list of things to “Keep in Mind” while you bow, here’s a list of materials. If you guys are like me, you want to skip to the action immediately (and then wonder what went wrong later when you didn’t read the directions but, like, YOLO, you know? I get you. I’m that way ) If you can press on with some instruction beyond the list of materials, more power to you!
You will need the following:
1.5 inch grosgrain, 30 inches
straight pins (at least 2)
alligator clips (at least 2, ideally 4)
needle and thread
So here are some things to keep in mind while making a bow with this method:
Keep your placements and angles symmetrical.
You’re going to be using evenly-spaced creases in your ribbon to make all of your placements, so this shouldn’t be a difficult rule to follow! The best looking bows are the bows that have been made with careful attention to symmetry. Especially the symmetry of the loops. You want the loops on each side of the knot to be the same size, right? Yes. In order to get there, all of your previous folds must be on-point, as they say. So just keep this in mind whilst you fold – symmetry is king!
Use right angles
Overlap your ribbon at 90 and 45 degree angles. We’re talking Parallel and Perpendicular lines here. Once you get going and cranking out some awesome bows, then you can start relaxing this rule. But initially, try and be close to a right angle.
Go slow at first.
This method takes time, it’s not quick. But that’s ok! Once you get the idea down, I think you’ll be able to hold-and-fold! This method gets you a boutique bow that looks good every time and teaches your brain the basic structure of the bow. After you *get it*, you’ll be soaring through these bows! But for now, go ahead and be OK with this taking about 5 mins per bow.
Taking a break allows your brain to work better. If you feel frustration mounting during this process, just take a break and try again tomorrow. When I started learning how to make this bow, I took days of in between and found that each time I came back to try, a new part of the process would make total sense to me. And my bows were better! So do take breaks.
It’s our RABOM Real Tree on Pink Grosgrain and… well… it was a major “ah HA!” moment for the RABOM design team. You know when you’re cooking and you’re using a recipe you’ve made 100 times but you do something a little different and it majorly pays off? Let’s say you’re making thumbprint cookies and this time you decide to add some almond extract to the dough and maybe some lemon zest to the jelly in the center. When you take that first bite of the cookie and you recognize the cookie you’ve enjoyed a hundred times BUT IT’S LIKE SO MUCH BETTER! Just that little difference and – BAM! – it’s amazing! Well. That’s how we feel about Pink Tree Camo We heart it very much!
Three new Awareness prints! For the girls who want to rock their support and their camo at the same time, there’s a Save The Rack Realtree awareness ribbon! We love it and we can’t wait to see the bows. And of course, we can’t talk about “Save the Rack” without also throwing down a “Save Second Base” print! Cleverness and Awareness make a Great Pair! No pun intended
Motivation Monday! Maybe don’t let go of everything, but let go of that small thing that you can let go of. You’ll know what it is. And you’ll feel better once you’ve set yourself free from fretting over it
You just have to see these in person. They’re perfect! Granna’s Goodies bows are the expert work of one Granna, Sharon C. You can find her on Facebook and do all your shopping with her there – find price lists, size charts, and payment and order info on the left-hands side of her FB wall.
So what do we love about these bows? Well WHERE to start! The variety of colors and textures in these bows is so delightful and well-balanced. These are the kind of bows that a Bowmaker can love and appreciate just as much as a kiddo who just loves big bows! They’re beautiful from all angles and SO well made. Granna’s Goodies is a bowmaker after our own hearts – frills, loops, glitter, integrity and clearly made with love! Thank you to Sharon C. for letting us snap some pics of these great creations!