Twisted Boutique Bow

One of the neighborhood girls turned three yesterday! She had a little birthday party. I depend on the girls in the neighborhood to need bows since I don’t have much requirement from my 15-month-old toddler! (His hair is actually long enough for bows, the husband won’t let me cut it!)
Gifts are perfect opportunities to hone my bow making skills!

I’ve been making a lot of the basic bows and I have it down pat!
I can even do it without instructions. 🙂

Since I’ve mastered the beginning bow, I wanted to try a new one. I LOVE how the Twisted Boutique looks so I had to try it out.

My first attempt failed horribly. I’ve never started over on a bow
(not saying that I never needed to…) but I absolutely had to with this one.

Here is my second and third attempt:

Twisted Boutique Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

What do you think? Did I pass for my first second bow?

I learned that making a bow is much easier with a thicker ribbon width, like 5/8″ or 7/8″. This size was a little tricky, so I am going to try those bigger widths soon. I also learned that I don’t have to tie the knot for the middle as tight as I can. Who knew! I wondered how everyone got such cute knots! 🙂

I thought it was so cute, I decided to keep it for who knows when, and I made these cute bows instead. This was the first time I glued ribbon together like this.

Twisted Boutique Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This week has been crazy, so I apologize for not having posted much. But I have been working on stuff. Here is a little preview:

Find TOTT Hair Bow Instructions, click HERE
Twisted Boutique Bow ribbon, click HERE Wild One
Boutique Bow ribbon, click HERE Lady Bug Mix

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  1. Lanae
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Love the bows!! Very cute!!

  2. Macy
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Hey, you’re doing great! And it is MUCH easier to use thicker ribbon!! Ooooh, try the big loopy stacked bow like shown in the TOTT instructions on page 41!! They turn out soo cute!!!!

    • Shirley
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll try it out this week!

  3. Idaho Falls
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Nice post, really enjoyed the bows, they are cute. Girls love them! Always enjoy the site and the pricing on your grosgrain ribbon wholesale! Thanks RR!


  4. Alice
    Posted July 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the post on hairbows. i have 2 grandchildren that are finally ready to start wearing them. You’ve given me the confidence to try to make one myself and surprise the mothers with the gifts. BTW I think you did a super job.

  5. Macy
    Posted July 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Great!! I made the hugest bow ever this week for my brothers football games! I love it!!!! I’ll have to email it to you. 🙂 it’s almost exactly like the one on page 51. I do love my TOTT instructions! Lol. And I did find that the by hand method works better for me than the one on the actual bow maker. So if it doesn’t work out for you one way, then try the other!!

    • Shirley
      Posted July 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Macy – you definitely should email it to me! Would you mind if I posted it and threw tons of compliments your way? 🙂

  6. Macy
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Lol I will email that right now. That’s totally fine!

  7. tan
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    their sooo cute.i know how you feel.even if mine look good to my 10yr i tend to do a do over,lol.the twisted is my fav.i find myself doing those alot.i’m doing a lot of stacks with the different combos but trying to pull myself away from the stacking and do some individual styles.the smaller widths are sooo hard to me i thought it would be the other way around.i have a friend that just had a baby so i wanted to create some tinier versions of my girls bows but boy this has been a task.just keep at it you, me and some other girls are learning as we go along.

    love the site:)

    Posted July 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink


  9. Posted October 19, 2010 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    These look great! I STILL CAN NOT get the twisted boutique bow down. It’s the only one I’m having a ton of trouble with…..

    • Shirley
      Posted October 19, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Erin! Have you tried both with the bow maker and without? I think it’s easier with the bow maker, but others find it much easier to do it without.

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