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SCMJ
Apr. 7, 2009, 10:37 AM
Just wondering if anyone here has some instructions or tips on making your own show bows for your little one...not the show bows that go over a bun!...I mean the bows that go at the end of pony rider's braids. I know lots of people think they can be super tacky but id love some pointers from those of you who have made your own!!

Hunter Mom
Apr. 7, 2009, 11:07 AM
Most of the ones I've seen have just been ribbon tied at the end of the braid in a bow. If you're wanting something more permanent, you can always tie a bow around an elastic and tack it with a needle & thread so it stays.

Trixie
Apr. 7, 2009, 11:37 AM
We just always went to the craft store, bought a bunch of pretty ribbon, and tied bows.

SCMJ
Apr. 7, 2009, 11:54 AM
I was thinking more along the lines if people knew how to make bows like these---

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_d1G4WI0DoF4/Rl-AZr8RdbI/AAAAAAAAAGM/YHl8rEKVuyE/Littlewood+Winter+Finale+050.jpg

or

http://www.beval.com/mainstreet/forms/ms_item_images.aspx?item_guid=4349d76d-8559-4e37-9e71-1f8bdd9eba0c

etopolsk
Apr. 7, 2009, 02:42 PM
If you go on ebay and type in the search term boutique bows you will see a million of them and most of the time they will let you pick the color and size and what type of clip they will put it on. I just ordered ten bows in the colors I wanted for 14 dollars. I had them put it on that french clip/barrette thing becuase I find they can clip right over the end of the braid. I like the smaller ones. This is how they look on my daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqv_c9DyvsE

damecheval
Apr. 7, 2009, 03:14 PM
I used to go to a stationary store or the florist and get a few rolls of pretty ribbon every spring. As long as you don't loose them, one set of bows can last you a few days. I keep all of my show shirts in same range of color to go with my jackets though, so you might need more than two rolls. But either way, if you just cut the ribbion into two 6" sections you should be fine. :)

MHM
Apr. 7, 2009, 03:18 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Please make sure the bows do not, repeat, DO NOT cover the rider's number.

Thank you.

SCMJ
Apr. 7, 2009, 03:33 PM
If you go on ebay and type in the search term boutique bows you will see a million of them and most of the time they will let you pick the color and size and what type of clip they will put it on. I just ordered ten bows in the colors I wanted for 14 dollars. I had them put it on that french clip/barrette thing becuase I find they can clip right over the end of the braid. I like the smaller ones. This is how they look on my daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqv_c9DyvsE


Thanks so much...those look great! I have so much ribbon though and would love to learn to make them myself...(high hopes maybe :lol:)...

your daughter and her pony are adorable!!!

etopolsk
Apr. 7, 2009, 04:27 PM
Thank you for the daughter compliments SCMJ. I would make them myself if I could but I am not that talented. I used to buy the ribbon and just tie them myself, but it was quicker and neater when they were made up and on the barrette and I could just clip them on, but somebody makes them from where I get them on e-bay so I'm sure you could to. Good luck. (I know some people hate them, but I love the bows and I do make sure they don't cover the number).

Private Diamonds
Apr. 7, 2009, 04:52 PM
I always bought plenty of ribbon from the fabric store and cut and tied my own, the bigger the better.

Limerick
Apr. 7, 2009, 05:10 PM
I've been buying my oldest daughter's ribbons at Michael's. They have a great selection. One excellent tip I got from another pony mom was to buy the wire edged ribbon-it definitely holds the shape. And I would bet if you take that photo from Beval's into a craft store that sells wire edged ribbon, they'd show you just how to make them. :)

Good luck! My daughter is ten and growing out her bangs-she is going to decide if she wants to get her hair cut quite a lot to let the bangs blend in better......I'm going to miss her pony kid braids if she does.

Aubreyyy
Apr. 7, 2009, 05:38 PM
I was thinking more along the lines if people knew how to make bows like these---

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_d1G4WI0DoF4/Rl-AZr8RdbI/AAAAAAAAAGM/YHl8rEKVuyE/Littlewood+Winter+Finale+050.jpg

or

http://www.beval.com/mainstreet/forms/ms_item_images.aspx?item_guid=4349d76d-8559-4e37-9e71-1f8bdd9eba0c

I am a total bow nerd and make my own... and I don't even have a little girl! I sell them to riders, cheerleaders, and mom's in the south lol

PM me and I'll try to find some instructions for you.

Ready2Ride
Apr. 21, 2009, 12:01 PM
I just made a pair for my daughter! I will make some for you (or anyone) if you PM me. They were a big hit at her first show and she got TONS of compliments.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh42/flyingd/Misty%20and%20Miah%20first%20show/bowsandbling.jpg

and the whole album of pics
http://photobucket.com/firstshow

Dirty Little Secret
Apr. 21, 2009, 12:58 PM
funny you should post this, I was JUST making bows for a kid in my barn. Well trying....
HELP!!!! Send instructions!

Ready2Ride
Apr. 21, 2009, 01:07 PM
hehe, well, this was my first time making them, so I ended up taking the first one apart and redoing it because I didn't like it. First I used a really narrow double sided tape to put in between the two ribbons at each end to hold them together. And be sure to burn the ends of the ribbon with a lighter so they won't fray. then I made a loop about 5" long with both ribbons, taped it and then used a needle and thread to gather it in the center. Then I did the exact same thing again with more ribbon to make 2 identical loops which I then sewed both loops together in the center to form the 4 loops per bow. then I took a small ribbon and put some double sided tape on it and wrapped it around the 2 bows that are sewed together AND a hairtie. then I used a needle and thread again to sew the small ribbon down and to sew the hairtie down to it all. Then I repeated the whole process again for the second bow. And, I broke 3 needles in the process, poked my thumb a bunch and even swore a couple times. All while I should have been out bathing the pony and getting her on the trailer to go. hehehe. It took a lot longer than I thought it would the first time making them! Use strong thread because you will keep breaking it if you don't. :mad:

SCMJ
Apr. 21, 2009, 01:10 PM
http://www.sweetbabybowtique.com/ ------> they sell good instructions that i got for 12$--totally worth it

MHM
Apr. 21, 2009, 03:50 PM
I just made a pair for my daughter! http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh42/flyingd/Misty%20and%20Miah%20first%20show/bowsandbling.jpg



I will amend my earlier statement to say:

Please make sure neither the bows NOR the hair cover the number in any way.

It makes it much harder for the judge to see the number.

Thank you.

Ready2Ride
Apr. 21, 2009, 05:17 PM
I will amend my earlier statement to say:

Please make sure neither the bows NOR the hair cover the number in any way.

It makes it much harder for the judge to see the number.

Thank you.

I'm glad you came back to elucidate.

SCMJ
Apr. 21, 2009, 05:48 PM
Ready2Ride--

Youre daughter is absolutely adorable and you seem to have as much fun as I do dressing up the little ones on ponies. It doesn't last long so enjoy!!!! I always dread the day when they move on to tall-boots, hair-nets, and HORSES. :lol:

There is nothing like an impeccably turned out pony and little girl with bows...gets me every time.

You're bows look great---I understand the frustration. Would you like me to send you the instructions I bought?I wouldn't mind emailing them to you so you don't have to pay. They offer tips that seem just a bit easier than some of your steps...even though i admit that I've tried them all---hot glue, needle and thread, bowdabra, tape...and the list goes on.

Dirty Little Secret
Apr. 21, 2009, 10:06 PM
Thatd be great if you can send any tips! I can't have this kid going in ugly bows! Would be so embarrasing

MHM
Apr. 21, 2009, 10:52 PM
I'm glad you came back to elucidate.

My pleasure. Every judge I've ever judged with has had the same opinion on the matter of bows.

Wizard of Oz's
Apr. 22, 2009, 07:46 AM
I know a little girl who has really cute ribbons at shows. Her mom just buys two rolls of ribbon, (one an tal/brownish plaid and the other just brown because her shirt is light teal) layers the ribbons, and ties bows. The layered bows look really cute and pretty fancy too.