Happy Independence Day!

I must admit that after making my bow, I got a little bow happy!

I had tons of ribbon left over from the 4th of July Ribbon mix. A friend of mine has the cutest little girl ever, and I asked if I could make a bow for her. Her cousin was in town for the holiday so I made one for her as well. While I was making these bows, I had an epiphany! The two bows I’ve made have been super ugly. They look okay from above, but from the sides, they needed help. I finally realized what to do to make them better after watching some more TOTT Hair Bow Instructions.

I puffed up the loops! I know it seems so silly to all of you who are so skilled at making bows, but I was SO happy to have this realization. Now I want to make bows for everyone! I can see why people sell bows. They are SO much fun to make!

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The two matching ones are for my friend’s little girl. In exchange, she’s going to give me a
picture of her wearing the bows. I will post when I get them! :)

Since I was on a bow making kick, I made some bows for my other friend’s little girl who was having her 2nd birthday party! I made one and then made another just in case. They are all pretty simple, but I have the confidence now to do those more difficult ones. If any one has any suggestions, or some favorite bow styles I should try first, let me know!

Happy Independence Day - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}The dress I gave her to go along with the bows actually has all of these colors and more in it.
I had such a hard time deciding which colors to do, hence the two bows.

After making those bows, I decided to make more 4th of July bows since I STILL had ribbon left over. I decided to make some bows and bring them to my family party and hand them out if any one wanted them. FYI – I made 6 bows with ONE ribbon mix and I STILL have ribbon left over! I love ribbon mixes! Granted my bows were pretty small, so keep that in mind.

Happy Independence Day - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

It turned out to be such a good thing I made more, because I couldn’t find my bow I made specifically for the day! I was so bummed! My ten-year-old cousin ended up wearing my bigger bow and I wore the smaller red one. It turned out okay, but I LOVED my bow. :(

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Happy Independence Day - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Luckily, we found it when I was taking a nap. It had fallen out of my bag and was under a crease in the blanket! I got to wear my bow for the rest of the day.

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What do you think? Do they look so cute and festive??? :)

It was so fun to look at all the little girls where we were celebrating and see their bows and ribbons in their hair. It gave me a few more ideas for next year and for holidays in general.

On Sunday, my little guy was able to wear his tie! He looked so handsome! I made myself a Posie with more leftover fabric from his tie. We were matching! I loved the Posie. It was so cute and pretty easy to make! I will post about it today or tomorrow.

Happy Independence Day - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For the rest of the day, my son wore his USA onesie. He wouldn’t pose for me to take a good picture, so here he is on the trampoline jumping by himself for the first time.
These are just going to have to do.

Happy Independence Day - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

If any one would like to make projects like this onesie, you can buy the double-sided adhesive from The Ribbon Retreat! We carry Heat ‘n Bond in both lite and ultrahold. I use this for tons of stuff. I love it!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! If you have any projects that you’d like me to do, please make a suggestion! I will be going over all the entries for the Facebook organization giveaway and posting about my favorite ones. I will also be using a bunch for my own craft room. I hope everyone had fun with that giveaway. Some of you are so organized! It’s amazing!

One last thing – if you haven’t heard yet, we have new fabric in!! And it’s all so cute! I need to get finished with all my projects so I can get more fabric. Better yet, you all need to go and buy some and then make cute stuff and let me live through you. :) You can see them here.

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  1. Tina
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I love the bows Shirley! And the onsie and the tie. Whoa! I love your Posie the most and the matching your little man is so cute. You are truly amazing. The Ribbon Retreat makes me think I should give crafting another try :)

  2. kim
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    so cute. Heat and bond, does it work well with the ribbon. I am thinking of using it on cheer bows.

    • Shirley
      Posted July 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kim! I am not sure how it would do with Heat and Bond. Do you mean using it to put ribbon on a onesie or shirt? Or bonding ribbons together? Let me know and I’ll try it out for you and post about it.

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