Customer Appreciation Weekend!

It’s customer appreciation weekend coming up!  Make sure you like us on facebook for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Halloween Pettiskirt

We are giving away FREE HALLOWEEN PETTISKIRTS! The sale will begin on Saturday 09/28/13, but for the next 5 days we are giving away a $25 gift certificate every day just for sharing this post! Keep reading for more information! In order to win a $25 gift certificate to alwaysunderpay.com, you need to do the following: 1. You must ‘like’ our page. 2. Comment on the Free Halloween Pettiskirt post. 3. Share this photo with your friends. Share must be public otherwise we can’t see who shared!
1 winner will be chosen 09/26/13-09/30/13. A total of $125 in gift certificates will be awarded. You can share each day for an opportunity to win! This gives you a chance to let all of your friends know about our awesome Free Halloween Pettiskirt giveaway. We will have spider-webs, black/orange, zebra/orange, polka dot, black/yellow (for bumble bee costumes), until they are gone! Winner from previous day’s post will be chosen the next day at approximately 9-10 am MST. So Thursday will be chosen on Friday, etc. Winner will be selected randomly using random.org. We will be issuing a coupon code on Saturday for the free pettiskirt. Offer will be good through Monday the 30th or while supplies last. Coupon code will be valid for 1 free pettiskirt per order and does not include shipping. Our shipping remains the same as it always has on our website during this special event. Due to the volume of orders, we will not be able to combine orders at this time. Thanks for being such wonderful customers!

We will have 3 sizes available.  Infant (baby), 2-4T and 4-6T.  These look so adorable on girls.  I mean, we are giving them away, totally for FREE.  Come get yours while you can!

Tutorial: How to Make a Boutique Bow

Today’s tutorial is on how to make a boutique bow. I used to be pretty intimidated by these bows. I thought they looked hard, but they are actually pretty darn easy, so I’m excited to share that with you today!

Boutique Bow

You will need:

Boutique Bow SuppliesAbout a 30″ Length of 1.5″ Grosgrain Ribbon

A Small Scrap of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

 Lined Alligator Clips

Some String

Scissors

A Lighter

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by laying your ribbon out horizontally flat in front of you. Then take one end of the ribbon and make a loop by pulling the end up and around the flat ribbon.

Now take the other end of ribbon and make a second loop on the other side like this:

Next, bring up that longer piece on the right in the above picture and make another loop that curls under. This part is a bit tricky–you need to tuck the tail of this loop under the tail on the first loop. I hope that makes sense because I couldn’t really get a good photo to illustrate. I did try though.

Below is a picture of the backside of the bow at this point.

Now bring the tail back up and make your last loop curving the tail up through the center of the bow.

Next smoosh the center of your bow together sort of like an accordian.

Wrap the string tightly around the center to keep your bow from unraveling. Once you are comfortable that the bow is secure, tie a knot in the string and trim any loose ends off.

Trim up the tails on your bow. I like to cut mine into V shapes.

At this point you should heat seal the ends of the tails on your bow. Just run a lighter lightly over the V shape cuts you made to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. It doesn’t take much heat–you will see it happen. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Now glue your lined clip to the back of your bow.

Almost done. Next, glue your scrap piece of 3/8″ ribbon around the front of your bow and over the back side of your alligator clip. Trim up the ends and heat seal the 3/8″ ribbon end. Done! Super cute and easy to make bow!

Boutique Bow Tutorial

**Note**This bow is the 2nd piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow

Thank you for taking a look at our hairbow tutorial, directions and patterns.  They are free for you to use.  Our online tutorials are to help you make cheer bows for cheerleaders and cheerleading.  They are also great for little girls.  Making bows is fun and the possibilities are endless.  Come look at our shop to purchase grosgrain ribbon for your hairbows, or to look at our hair bows that are for sale.