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!
Check out all new RABOM Round Bow, RABOM Medium Bow and RABOM Baby Bow!
Five templates, infinite gifts to wrap Choose from one of five templates, send us your last name, and it’s 50 yards of ribbon from Your Family (!) for $50! Add that extra special touch to your work, neighborhood, school and church gifts this year!
Hello all! Here it is – the Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture Hairclip Tutorial! < that’s a mouthful. Wow.
Is this your first Ribbon Sculpture Hairclip? Great! This is a great one for a beginner start! It’s pretty easy – just keep these words in mind while you work: Slow, Symmetrical, and Simple. Work slowly, since this will allow you to place your ribbon switchbacks more precisely. And always pay attention to symmetry! Are your branches even on each side? Are the loops of your topper bow of equal length? Just keep checking your symmetry. Finally – simple! This is a simple ribbon sculpture, only takes one or two attempts to get it right, so don’t overthink it Three diagonal rows of rhinestones is all you need! You can do more, but if you don’t want to take chances, just stick with the Three Diagonal Rows pattern!
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and we can’t wait to see the pics of YOUR Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture Hairclips!
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!
20% off Glitter Ribbon and Printed Ribbon is happening through 10/14/14 at RABOM! Here’s a few glamour shots of our Glitter ribbon! These are just five of the eight varieties of glitter ribbon on sale! (Glitterific, Stretch Glitterific, RABOM iridescence, Color Shimmer, 3/8 Dazzle Dots, Glitter Polka, Dazzle Grosgrain and Sheerly Glitter are all on sale)Enjoy and check out the sale right here
Hey Ribbonistas! New video tutorial is up!
So the Pinwheel Bow has proved to be a little less predictable (albeit JUST AS CUTE) than the Boutique Bow. We’re pretty sure NO ONE in the history of bow making has ever felt that way, but there it is! The RABOM Boutique Bow is just *that* easy to make. But fear not, we’ll get you making some fantastic, adorable Pinwheel Bows in no time! So before anyone has to ask, no we currently do not sell the Bowmaker. But we’re working on it! For now, we found ours on Etsy and know that they can be bought online. You can even find some with handy measurements printed on the bowmaker! Very cool.
So. The Pinwheel Bow. There are ways to do it without the Bowmaker! But when we talked about which method got the best quality bow and which method was the easiest to get right *every* time, the RABOM design team kept coming back to the use of the Bowmaker. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop trying to freehand that bow! Because we like for our tutorials to be accessible to all
At this point, you can skip over to the tutorial OR peruse the list of materials you need. We cover this in the tutorial as well.
You will need the following:
- 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon, 30 to 28 inches
- matching 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
- between 2 and 6 alligator clips with teeth
- needle and thread
- glue gun
Things to keep in mind:
- You can correct your folds in the center! Don’t just cinch and let that be it, go in and pull and push those creases until they are even and clear. Before you wrap your thread around your knot, your bow is still in a very flexible and malleable place! So don’t be afraid to arrange the center folds just how you like them.
- You do not have to use a 3/8 inch ribbon center. I personally LOVE the 1/8 inch center – I think it’s so dainty! And the Pinwheel bow is a great bow for showing off bling, so add a cap or accessory in the middle if you like.
That’s it! Enjoy and let us know if we can make this tutorial even *better*! And be sure to share your successes
And if you can’t get either one of those, sugar and caffeine are ranked #3 and #4 in the Ribbonista’s Guide to Making the Best of That Day from ‘H’ ‘E’ Double Hockeysticks <3
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
- glue gun
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!
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.
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.
We love the RABOM Specialty Shop. Maybe it’s because it’s impossible to look at sparkly, wired ribbon without thinking “Christmas!” or maybe because we subconsciously just want presents (wrapped in these, of course). Or maybe we just love the Specialty Shop because the ribbon is just gorgeous and stylish! In honor of our 20% off sale going on through Tueday 9/30 (just two more days!) here’s a post of some of our favorite items from the RABOM Specialty Shop! Wired ribbon, embroidered ribbon, christmas ribbon, burlap, chevron, checks and color galore!
Your RABOM Design team is hard at work putting together a lovely, informative, and simple Boutique Bow tutorial and the process has been equal parts FUN and WORK. If you’ve never made a tutorial video, here are some tips we’ve discovered through during our tutorial journey.
- Resolve tricky or time-consuming steps of your tutorial before you start
Is there something that you’re doing in your tutorial that is causing you to forget your words, train of thought or process? Is there a particular step that is taking a lot of time? Are those things 100% necessary to the video or photos? No? Then take those out! If cutting your ribbon on-camera is taking a lot of time and making you forget your words, cut it beforehand. No one absolutely HAS to see that step.
And ALWAYS thread your needles off camera! Threading needles for an audience? That’s too much pressure for one Ribbonista to handle.
We know that you can use “loop” and “ear” pretty interchangeably when talking about a bow, but stick to one – it’s easier on YOU and it’s easier for your viewers to understand. And anything that is easier on you is ultimately better for your presentation. Words to watch and use correctly: bottom, end, top, back, front, up, down, left, right. These are all relative words and some ( The “ends” of your ribbon / The “bottoms” of your ribbon) can be used interchangeably but also may get confusing for viewers, so before you get started, take a few minutes to choose your words and stick to them while you talk!
- Wear something comfortable that’s not a bright print or pattern
This is some Group Photo Taking 101 – wear grey, white, khaki, chambray or subtle blues because this will allow your viewers to focus on the craft without naturally wanting to gaze at the beautiful pattern of your sleeve. Also – bright pinks and reds will cause “blowout” on a computer or tv screen – this means the pixels loose the ability to show depth because, for lack of a better phrase, the color has blown the mind of the camera with its intensity. This sounds cool, but it’s a bit painful on the ole’ eyeballs.
- Make more than one tutorial
By the time you’re set-up and ready to go and you’ve rehearsed what you’re going to say AND you’ve managed to film a good run-through of your tutorial, you may as well sit down and do a few more while you’re camera is set up! You’ve got your materials out, you’re cozy, and chances are you have more battery power in that camera so keep going!
- Divide your process into separate videos
If you’re showing people how to make a cute cluster of Shabby Chiffon Flowers for a headband and you know you’re using a Fold-over elastic headband, make a separate video showing people how you made the fold-over elastic headband! Split your process up so you have more videos (more visibility!) and more content for those Social Media rainy days! And your audience will thank you – what’s easy and obvious to you may not be easy and obvious to others!
- Talk about what went wrong
If you read any Cooking Illustrated publications, you’ll know that they start the recipe out by telling you ways they tried to cut time / money / material and whether or not it worked. We’re all trying to streamline all the time – if you tried something in your process that didn’t work, let your viewers know! This builds trust with your following and trust = longterm followers! Also, this gives you credibility as a crafter / maker / cook / DIY’er who isn’t afraid to be adventurous and try some hair-brained things! AND lastly – you know those moments in tutorial videos that, well, you can hear crickets chirping in the background? Because you’re busy tying a knot and that’s an important, time-consuming step? This is a good time to chat with your viewers about something like “Guys, DON’T do what I did this one time… “
- Memorize your first and last line
This is a story-telling technique that works in a million scenarios. This is actually a life-hack.
When you’re going to do something difficult but you know you have to talk through it, memorize the first sentence you’ll say and the last, concluding sentence you’ll say. Everything in between will come naturally if you have a concrete start and stop, one that is rehearsed and makes sense to you. Try this the next time you are telling a story! You’ll see how helpful it is to know that you’re not struggling to start OR stop talking!
- The best camera is the one you have.
It’s an old adage, but it’s true. Get out there and shoot with what you have! If you have an iphone you already have a pretty awesome video camera – use it!
- Light! Lots of it. But not directly.
Get as much light on your work area as you can – this will make all of your movements clear and easy-to-see for your followers. And if you can, get light from multiple directions! Set yourself up in a room with a lot of windows and film at a bright time of day but avoid direct beams of light as this will cause your screen to go completely white in certain areas (this is called “blowout”) and that’s just as unhelpful as areas that are in utter darkness.
If you need to make a joke, make a joke! If you aren’t a big talker, that’s cool, too! Just talk when you think it’s necessary. Do you say “um…” a lot? That’s ok! Don’t be harsh with yourself. Are you actually this amazing actress who is pretty good at DIY but AWESOME at making people smile? Go for it. Have fun. The tutorial is a creative endeavor, so put yourself in there.
That’s it! We’ll probably think of more as we go on and of course we’ll keep you posted about it. Have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments!