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    I would like to get more creative w/ my bow making skills LOL. I always say - I knew how to hand scissor a Standard Poodle before making a nice bow Any suggestions on what I should buy? I thought I could buy some supplies and practice in the evenings. There is a cool hobby/craft store by my home. I am so sick of my "blah" bows! I would love to see pics!

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    Don't feel bad. I do not do well in the bow making dept either. I needto practice more. I do like making bows to match bandannas by cutting a small square and folding it like an accordian and then fasten with band. My customers the have male and female pairs love it.
    "Whoever Said That Money Can't Buy Happiness Forgot About Puppies"
    Nancy

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    • #3
      I'd suggest small flowers, buttons, feathers, and a bottle of clear craft glue for starters. You can dress up a plain bow by gluing a couple of small feathers in the center, than add a little flower. Sport's themed buttons for little boy's clothes make a cute addition for "boy bows".

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      • #4
        pics

        Ok, let's see if I can post a pic.

        Finger's crossed, hope this works.
        Attached Files

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        • #5
          very cute!
          Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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          • #6
            These are the first bows I made just recently:
            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...WS/STARBOW.jpg
            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...FEATHERBOW.jpg
            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...7PURPLEBOW.jpg

            I went to the fabric store and bought everything that was on sale that would make or decorate a bow. I had a blast making them, but stink at putting them in. Helly, thank you for posting how you put on bows in my thread. It works wonderfully!!

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            • #7
              Shell, I agree! I really stink at putting the bows in, too. And Helly's advice was the best - after I read her post on the old board I put some in a couple of dogs... and they actually stayed in long enough for their mom to see them!!!

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              • #8
                Cute Bow Helly!

                That's a cute bow Helly! How do you attach the fluff to the latex band? What size of band do you use? And thanks for all the great tips!

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                • #9
                  Attaching a bow

                  The easiest way to put a bow on that will be straight and stay on is with hemostats. If you twist the band around your hemos 2 or 3 times (depends on the size of your bands) and twirl a tuft of hair and clamp your hemos around that. Next you will pull the hair thru while rolling the band down the hemos around the tuft of hair.

                  If you've never done this it may take you two or three times to get it right but trust me it works great once you get it. The bows really go in nice and straight and hold really good (sometimes til the next groom!) WITHOUT matting the hair!!!

                  Good luck!

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                  • #10
                    At Christmas time my daughter came up with the idea of cutting strips of the bandana fabric with pinking shears and making bows that matched the bandanas. They were cute. Maybe I'll try they same for Valentine's day and add some heart shaped beads or other doodads...
                    "The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind"-Theodorus Gaza

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                    • #11
                      Wow, what pretty bows! That hemostat idea sounds great too.

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                      • #12
                        Does anyone know where online to get the roses for the bows? Or maybe other little flowers?

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                        • #13
                          I have for a few years now, taken the left over material and make bows to match the bandanas. I display them on the counter and sell them by the set for about 3-5.00 each. Especially at the holidays,

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                          • #14
                            I found the roses (very pretty) at our local Dollar Store. They are great...what I do is I make a regular bow and then I glue the rose in the middle. They are gorgeous. I also dress up my bandanas with a bow at the end and then a rose or some type of deco. My clients save them!!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KimPollard View Post
                              I have for a few years now, taken the left over material and make bows to match the bandanas. I display them on the counter and sell them by the set for about 3-5.00 each. Especially at the holidays,
                              Oooohh, aren't you smart!! I was just given' em away....
                              "The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind"-Theodorus Gaza

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