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Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy

The Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy is a simple yet handy invention for tying the perfect bow quickly and easily. Before I get into my review of the Bow-Easy, allow me the indulgence of a bit of reminiscing about the woman behind this tool. After all, the crafting industry is a personal one; paper and glue bond more than our cards together.

Valera Scott has been in the crafting industry for 40 years and has shaped the industry in amazing ways. She has so many wonderful stories to tell. In a brief e-mail interview she mused about the early days of crafting: “The first trade show we had shown the Bow-Easy at was the HIA (now CHA) show in Chicago in about 1982. They had a one day consumer show the Saturday prior to the Trade Show opening on Sunday. That HIA show was also the first show to introduce the use of using embossing powders with ink and rubber stamps. I remember it was extremely hard to get Ranger (then the predominant embossing powder house in the country) to even sell to us. They had no idea what this “Craft Industry” thing was and really were not interested in participating. As with many of our inventions, we were about a decade too early. Needless to say, we could not get the “craft stores” interested. It was just too different at that time.”

The invention of the Bow-Easy came about in 1980 when Valera was only 10 years old and crafting with her mother Betty Scott. As they sat making hundreds of very small bows for a charity project, the invention of the Bow-Easy dawned upon Betty.

Stamp by Toodles & Binks

How It Works
The Bow-Easy is a flat, plastic slotted tool about 4.5×4.5 inches square. It goes beyond dowel and fingers to not only be an extra hand for you as you loop ribbon into a bow, but also to help shape the bow into a perfect pretty little thing.


The original Bow-Easy, which retails for $6 US, can make seven sizes of bows: 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4, 1 3/8, 1 3/4, 2 3/8, and 2 3/4 using widths of ribbon from super thin cord style to 3/4 inch wide ribbon.

I admit I had quite the time figuring the instructions out. I am a visual learner and the 2D illustrations and written instructions got me quite confused. I was ready to give up but then I saw Jerri Jimenez’s Video Tutorial, and Sharon Johnson’s wonderful Picture Tutorial. When you realize that each “leg” is a loop of your bow, and the middle slot is where the knot will be, it is a lot easier to understand. You are looping around the whole leg (both sets) then dividing the large loop into a bow by running a tail of ribbon through the center slot. As I make bows “rabbit ears” style, which starts with two loops, this concept was hard for me to grasp at first.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous Bows – even teeny tiny ones look perfect!
  • Double and triple loop bows
  • Inexpensive
  • Made of sturdy plastic that will last

Cons:

  • Legs not marked for size
  • Written instructions were difficult for me to follow

I do recommend practicing on some cheap ribbon that you do not mind ruining until you get the hang of it. Once I figured out how to use it, I fell in love with the Bow-Easy. I admit to being a previously bow-challenged kind of crafter. No longer do I need to tinker and pull and twist forever to make a bow look pretty. Yay! While the instructions say that you are limited to up to 3/4 width ribbon, I found that one set of legs allowed for 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon or even wider if you scrunch it temporarily. Posi-Bendr now makes a larger Bow-Easy that will make larger flat bows in 4, 5, 6 and 8 inch sizes.

The original Bow-Easy retails for $6; the larger Bow-Easy #2 retails for $10.


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154 Responses to Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy

  1. I'm Crystal June 30, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    LOL…I have actually used my teeth with both hands trying to tie bows…. Looping with my hands and then pulling the last tail with my teeth…

    It’s a sight not sure who’s winning sometimes, me or the ribbon!!!

  2. Kristine June 30, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    Aside from tieing knots in ribbon, I don’t do bows at all…..but if I had this handy tool, I might just start.

  3. Janice June 30, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    This looks like a pretty cool tool! I guess I tie my ribbon bows like most people tie their shoe laces and then fiddle with it until it looks decent. I can see this creation coming in pretty handy!

  4. Peggy June 30, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    I also use the ¨Rabbit Ear¨ technique for making bows. I am intrigued by this tool and would love to win one!

  5. Katherine June 30, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    I don’t think I have ever made bows the same way twice! LOL! I fight with them every time too. I would love to have a go with the Bow Easy – maybe making bows won’t be so stressful!

    Thanks for the opportunity and the terrific review!

  6. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I make my bows with a little contraption I bought at a rubber stamp show years ago. They look great but can only be one size. I would love the variety of sizes offered with the bow-easy. ~~Mary Lib

  7. Melissa June 30, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    I make my bows by hand and they are not so cute. I would love to have this handy little device!

  8. Janet L. June 30, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    What a great tool to ease the chore of making bows of so many different sizes! Thanks for the chance to win one.

  9. Marie June 30, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Thanks Suzy for this informative article!
    I’ve heard of Bow Easy before but always thought they looked too difficult to use.
    I’m a knotter rather than a bower but on occasion I have turned my project upside down for a bow (mine always turn out upside down for some reason!).
    Would love a chance to win this “contraption” and learn to tie more bows!

  10. Angie June 30, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    Wow, what a neat tool! I can’t make a decent bow by hand; no real technique. I’d love to have this tool so I can make pretty bows!

  11. Lindy Stamper June 30, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    I have a BowEasy years ago that I bought on a whim. Figured, it’s only $5, and it was at a very small stamp convention, that’s the small part I can do for that small booth.

    Trust me, the first month, I’ve gotten so much use out of it, it’s not even funny. You’re right the instructions are in Greek, and definitely needed more help on that. But, once you figured it out, it is quite nifty and helpful.

  12. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    I avoid bow making. I’m just awful at it. A knot ok, a bow never! I’d sure love to own one of these!

    lindastamps at gmail dot com

  13. Shell June 30, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    sadly I am bow challenged, so I either leave them off totally :-((( or I make two loops then staple that on to my project

  14. Tamikko June 30, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    I don’t do bows because I really don’t know how to. This is a great little tool. Thank you for finding it available in Canada, and thanks for the review and chance to win.

  15. Else Slipsager Petersen June 30, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    I use my hands, but then again they do not always look that nice.

    Sometimes I just tie a knot instead.

  16. SMK June 30, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    well, i too just do my bows by hand… not always fabulous, let me tell you, hehe! thanks for the chance to enter :)

  17. connie June 30, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    I REALLY need this. You would think with 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters I would know how to tie a NEAT bow! Thanks for a chance to win.

  18. Kathy M June 30, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    I use the “rabbit ear” technique also. However, it looks like the Bow-Easy would change that.

  19. Linda June 30, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    I just pretty much tie my bows like you would tie your shoes. I must admit that most of my bows are just not very professional looking. I really have a hard time making them look the same twice….so I don’t put two on the same card. LOL
    This little gadget looks like it would be very handy….I would like to give it a try.

  20. Bonnie B June 30, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    I cannot tie a bow and I see these wonderful, big, perfect bows and I’m saying HOW do they do that? So right now I am using a cardboard template from another crafter and I’m getting by. I practice everyday but I’m hopeless.

  21. .................... June 30, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    I just tie bows as good as I can and leave it at that. I’d love to try this!

  22. Candy June 30, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Bow tying makes me CRAZY. I have arthritis in my hands and I can NEVER seem to get hold of the end that has to come through the loop. This would be the answer to my bow-tying problems. I’m so glad you introduced it. Thanks.

  23. Jen June 30, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    I make my bows like I’m do my shoelaces. Then I pinch, pull, tug, poke, twist until I’m satisfied or fed up. Which ever comes first.

  24. Sandra June 30, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    that is easy! With extreme difficulty! It is a very rare card I use a bow on, I am so challenged!
    Thanks for the review!
    Sandra

  25. Krista June 30, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    I must admit even as big of a crafter I am, I gave up the bow battle years ago and use store bought bows ;-(
    I would LOVE the chance to try this nifty tool!

  26. Axes DesigNs June 30, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    I used my fingers … the like 10 minuts trying to give the perfect form hehehehe… but I hear before about the bow-easy and I love it.. I hope I can be lucky this time because I really.. really love it!!!!!!!!

  27. akagreenhouse June 30, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Right out of high school, I worked in a flower shop and learned to make bows for flower arrangements. Not the kind to put on a card. When I had a daughter, I learned to make hair bows. Again, not the kind to put on a card. I have never been successful making the kind of bows to put on cards so I rarely put a bow on a card…even when it could use one! This would be a great addition to my bow-making skills! (Napoleon Dynamite reference! LOL)

  28. Claude June 30, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Right now, I just wing it when it’s time to make a bow!
    I’d love to win this!

  29. Kaytee June 30, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    I fail miserably at bows!! I use the rabbit ears technique and they just don’t come out even. One loop is up top and the other is below~! It just doesn’t look right. I try to use pre-tied bows in a coordinating ribbon to what I am using…

  30. Lynda June 30, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    I also use my teeth often but my problem being left-handed, they always come out with two loops on one side – just like my shoe laces!!

  31. Heidi June 30, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    The only way I can make a GOOD looking bow, with all the right sides bent and showing the right way, is the make a loop of ribbon, cinch it in the middle with a glue dot. Attach 2 tails with glue dots and then wrap the middle piece around and attach with a glue dot. It would be so nice to be able to just TIE a bow.

  32. Tricia June 30, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    My bows are definitely hit or miss! I’ve been intrigued by this bow maker for awhile.

  33. Sharon Caudle June 30, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    If Suzy loves this, I’m sold!! I spend so much time on my bows trying to make them perfect. It would be awesome to be able to make one without fussing so much. Keeping my fingers crossed!! thanks for the opportunity to win.
    hugs
    Sharon

  34. Becky June 30, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    I really do, because they are so difficult for me. When I do, I do rabbit ears, or a knot in the ribbon.

  35. Eva June 30, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    This is such an interesting tool. Love the idea! Right now I tie my bows the old fashion way.

  36. skyviewstamper June 30, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    I actually have one of these but could never figure out the instructions. I will defintely check out the video and pictures! Thanks sooooo much for posting this or otherwise it would of just sat in a drawer because I couldn’t figure it out!! Off to check out the video!!

  37. Pat Huntoon June 30, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    I would love to win this — I currently loop around my scissors tip or a pencil and I would love my bows to look perfect!
    p huntoon at optonline dot net
    http://www.patstamps.com

  38. campbelljudy1228 June 30, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    I use a pencil sometimes, to try too make a bow. It’s hard sometimes too, pull it tight once it’s pulled off.

  39. Anna Banana June 30, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    This is a really cool idea!
    The way I make my bows right now I make two loops (the rabbit ears of the bow) and pull them thru each other – like you would for a little girl’s fancy dress bow. If I tie a “shoelace” bow, I need to do it upside down so the tails both come out on the same side.
    Either way, I have to fiddle with the bow for a while until it looks right.

  40. StampinCathy June 30, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    What a great thing to have to make bows. This way you don’t have to schedule other hands to help you make bows. Thanks for a chance.

  41. Debi June 30, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    The occasional bow that I tie is done by tying as on would tie a shoe string. I don’t use bows often as they are not easy to do freehand. But once in awhile a card calls for one and I do my best. Having a tool such as this would make things so much easier.

  42. Grumpycat June 30, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    I usually tie around a pencil for a “classic” bow. If I am doing a “fancy bow, I will either wrap around my hand or something like a can to get more even loops. This is a very cool tool!

  43. Karen June 30, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Until receiving my own Bow Easy, I did everything I could NOT to include a bow on a card or scrap page. I LOVE MY BOW EASY!!

  44. Helen June 30, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    I simply tie them with my fingers. I don’t make a lot of small bows because it’s too hard. Larger bows, for projects other than cards, I make the way they do in a floral shop, where I learned from my mother to make them. Would LOVE to try this new product, though!!!

  45. Jan Castle June 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Oh my…do I ever need one of these!!!! I am sooooooooooo bow making challenged! I can do bows that are tied, untied, tied, untied…you know what I mean!I avoid making bows as much as possible, so pleaseeeeeee pick me!
    Jan Castle

  46. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Tie them with my fingers…then I twist, scrunch, untie, retie, and then sigh and stick it on anyway! This looks like a very easy to use, easy to store bow maker!
    If I am not lucky enough to win, I will be difinitely looking into getting one!
    Diane Cooper
    diane7@rogers.com

  47. java diva June 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    I make cheater bows with 2 pieces of ribbon. I feel like my fingers get in the way of making perfect bows.

  48. Katherine A. June 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    If it’s for a basket, etc. I make sure it is wired ribbon so that I can scrunch it up to make it look presentable. If it’s for a card or scrapbooking, I just don’t do bows because they never look nice. I do knots.

  49. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    I do have the Bow Easy – purchased it from Impress Rubber Stamps last year but couldn’t follow the written instructions. Thanks for the video tutotial. It’s not a nightmare to make bows anymore!!

    PatM.

  50. Christina June 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    I use a pencil to tie the ribbon around or a large marker. :(

  51. pescbrico June 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Oh I simply cut the ribbon the size I think I need they I do it with both hands trying to keep everything straight… Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Elly June 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    What a relief to read that i’m not the only one struggeling with her bows!
    I attempt to make my the bunny ears way, and till now 6 out of 10 bows that get the okay was good enough for me, but if the P-B-B-E is as good as it looks, it’s on MY wishlist.
    Thanks for the review.

  53. Marilyn Hitterman June 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve always made bows the way I was taught when I was a floral designer – in my hand, then wrapping thin wire around the center. I’ve made hundreds that way. The Bow-Easy should make that process much easier!

  54. Michelle (mla1111) June 30, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I have been looking at this! I have such a hard time making bows… I just keep struggling the old fanshioned way until it looks ok. Oh, how I would love to have fabulous looking bows!

  55. Carolyn June 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Oh, wow! I have just been tying my bows, and retying, and retying and retying, trying to get one that looks good, usually with no luck, so I just give up and put it on my
    project anyway or just tie a knot and use that. This looks like it has a learning curve but those bows are awesome. thanks for the opportunity to win.
    carolyn s
    ceashark at aol dot com

  56. Susan June 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Um, I just tie them. I’d Love to give the Bow-Easy a try though!

  57. StacyC June 30, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    I also use the bunny ear technique, but they do not always come out that great… For larger bows for presents and home decor, I have a bow maker but it only makes larger bows…

  58. Elaine A June 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    How do I make bows? With a lot of screaming, hair pulling, weeping and nashing of teeth. I finally rip it apart, throw it out and go buy one. I can never get then right. This sounds like a lovely little tool.

    Elaine ALlen

  59. KanataNewf June 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    hmmm..well, I usually am putting mine on cards so very often I will cheat and use two pieces of ribbon and a brad. One long piece gets attached to the card and the other gets attached to the other piece of ribbon and card. And then I tie a quick know….loopy bows are my downfall!

  60. Donna June 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Oh man, could I use one of these. I am so bow challenged that I normally do not put bows on my cards. When I do I fuss for so long I wonder why I even tried to do it in the first place. This looks like a must have for someone like me! LOL.

  61. Connie W June 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Tying a bow with my hands can be difficult. I usually try to tie the bow as you would teach a young child to tie their shoe…..make 2 loops, cross them over each other and tie a know. Then you have to adjust for the size.

  62. Kelly S. June 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    How nice that they would send some to give away. I am less embarrassed to say now that you also use the “rabbit ears” way to tie bows. I never did learn how to tie my shoes the old fashioned way everyone else does. I so need this bow maker!!!

  63. Tammy June 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    omgosh, I tie a bow then untie it, tie it again and untie it, tie it again….this can go on for an hour because I am terrible at tying bows! I usually end up giving up and tying a knot because my bows look so sad. I would love to own one of these handy tools, I know I would use it all the time!

  64. Cindy g June 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    I can’t tie a bow to save my life…..LOL It’s a big joke in the family. I’m the craft person and can not manage to tie a decent bow. I guess that comes from having boys and they don’t really like bows. Even if I don’t win, this nifty little tool is definately going to end up in my craft room.

  65. isa dona June 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    incredible… want to try this fabulous tool !!!

  66. alexandra June 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    i use to do my bowl by hand… but this stuff is great

  67. Tammy Q Howell June 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    I use the “rabbit ear” method as you stated you do. I found that was the easiest for me. Most of the time I just tie a knot. I love the pretty bows on cards, but am bow challenged. Would love to try this helper out!

  68. Ann Martin June 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m a lefty and make my bows upside down and backwards… not necessarily a good thing. The Bow-Easy sounds like my saving grace!

  69. Rebecca June 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    How do I make my bows?? NOt very well! LOL!

  70. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Suzy,
    Yes, I’m like you, I use what you call the rabbit ears method – two loops, and then cross one over the other and then around and under, through the hole, just as if you were starting to tie shoe laces. I’m sure that the Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy makes much prettier bows. Looking at Jerri’s and Sharon’s posts on the subject I love that you can make double looped bows too.
    Anne P. dinkuminkum at yahoo dot co dot nz.

  71. kandilin June 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Actually except for the bunny ears
    method I don’t tie them

  72. Debby June 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Well I must say I am bow challenged. I usually tie a bow around a pen or glue stick or something that is in front me. Works for me for now.

  73. kkaisu June 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I usually skip the bows because they never look nice. This tool will fix that!

  74. Stephanie Smith June 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    I don’t really have a technique. I just keep tying adjusting my bow until I am satisfied with the way it looks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  75. Rebecca Ednie June 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    I can make pretty good bows already but I love the speed and consistency of the bow easy.

  76. Anne McIntosh June 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    I have carpal and arthritis so have a hard time with small bows. I end up cutting a length of ribbon and tying it around the base ribbon. Doesn’t quite make a bow, but looks ok. I make big bows (1 1/2-4″ ribbon) in my hands the old fashioned way. I’d love to try this one. If I don’t win, guess I’ll have to buy one. Thanks for keeping us up on all the new stuff!

  77. lorrietori June 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I just make bows like tying a shoe lace and then futz and putz with it until it looks ok, it never looks very perfect at all! This would be a great tool to use!

  78. Gwen P. June 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I tie bows like I do my shoes but at times I make Faux Bows just to avoid the hassle. I too am a visual learner. Thank you so much for the video…going to check out that Canadian store you mentionned. Thanks!

  79. Gina Wrona June 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Sweet!

    Sometimes it’s just the good old fashioned “rabbit ears” technique.

    Thanks!
    Gina

  80. daizee June 30, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    I use the rabbit ears technique as well and I’m usually disappointed with the results. I would love to have one of these to try!

  81. Stacie June 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    My bows never turn out quite right. I have evenlooked for bow tutorials on the web!

  82. Monika/Buzsy June 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    I just use my hand… I can never do it the same way… love to try the Bow-Easy! TFS!

  83. Michelle Adams June 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    I just tie my bows like I tie my shoes…No wonder they don’t really turn out very well! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  84. Louise June 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    I make bows with great frustration!!! Sometimes not getting one made. I’ve been wanting one of these bow-easy things for awhile now, but could not find out where to buy it!!! Thanks for the chance to win one!!

  85. Ezmina June 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I tie my bows using the rabbit ear method. Mind it does notr always turn out perfect!!! This ttol would definitely be handy

  86. lindagerig June 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    I just tie them free hand. these look better. lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

  87. Kim J June 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    I make 2 rabbit ears and attempt to twist them together and pull through the middle. But somehow it just does not work right. Thank goodness for this tool!

    bast830@comcast.net

  88. Jen June 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    how do I make my bows? with a great deal of frustration!!! Usually I have to do it several times to get it right, maybe this is the answer.

  89. Cheri Howard June 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    I am so bow challenged that I hardly ever make them unless their shoe-string bows some other super simple one. I love those multi-loop bows, but have NEVER made one. I LOVE to win a Bow Easy…thanks for a chance!

  90. Mari June 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    How do I make bows? There are four steps:
    1. Choose ribbon, usually pretty and always the last piece.
    2. Try to tie the bow.
    3. Swear and (possibly) beg for help
    4. Give up and tie a knot instead!

    LOL At least that’s how it works at my house! :D

  91. Lisa j June 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    I am a bow making challenged crafter….I have tried many different ways and usually without much success. I have given up and usually just do a knot all by it self or place some other type of embellishment on top. Would love to try this!
    formeitsthree at yahoo dot com

  92. Okispice June 30, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    I’m all thumbs when it comes to tying bows so I’d give a big Thumbs UP to winning the Bow Easy!

  93. Angie Marion June 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    How do I tie my bows? Very carefully with these big fingers I have! My friend has one of these and they are great! You can make any bow size!

  94. carpediem June 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    What a great tool! Well tied bows can make a huge difference in the look of a handmade card or layout. For me it’s always a challenge! laura j

  95. ke123h June 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    I have a drawer full of bow making gadgets… buy them, try them, throw them in the drawer and back to the manual method of doing them by hand but never quite pleased with the end result… so this tool would be so helpful!

  96. paper bag create June 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    I just wing it with my bowmaking and hope that it turns out…..would love to try one of these bowmakers…. Thanks for the chance.
    Smiles.

  97. Anna June 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    I use the easy bow creator or something like that.

  98. Debbie June 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    I am left handed and so bow challenged. I have a sister that can make great bows, but I’m pitiful. I have to work and work to get it right. I usually do the ‘rabbit ears’ method and re-do it a dozen times. geeze…

    thanks for the chance to win the Bow-Easy!

    Debbie

  99. The Mama Monkey June 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    LOL I use dowels to make my bows! Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Barb June 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    I guess that I am not very creative when it comes to making bows. I just use my hands and hope for the best. I would love to find a reliable way to tie a bow.

  101. Kimberly S. June 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    I use the “rabbit ear” technique. Sometime I ask my fiance to assist me because I need an extra hand.

    This tool would be a handy item to have.

  102. Elaine June 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    I’ve been watching the Bow Easy on blogs and am now wanting it badly!! I love the look of the sweet bows on your cards Susie! And on other projects that I’ve seen too. Thanks much to craft critque for the chance to win! :)

  103. Lori June 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    count me in as bow making challenged as well…if a project absolutely must have a bow I do it the same way I learned to tie my shoes and then fiddle around with it until it looks decent …this tool is very cool , I sure would love to win one …

  104. sandyh50 June 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    Well, I make my bows with some difficulty! IN fact, at my last card making class I asked the teacher to tie my bow! LOL! I would love to win one of these, and if I don’t win, I might just have to buy one!

  105. Amrita June 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    I just use my fingers and hope for the best! This tool would be great to have.

  106. Lisa June 30, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    Holy crap do I need this! I am so bow inept it’s crazy. Even if I don’t win it I’ll buy one. :)

  107. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    I was taught to make a bow by a older man when I worked at a flower shop. I start in the center, loop and twist until my bow is large enough for the package. Then I tie with a floral wire. As for a flat bow-I think I can tie a great one. “You just have to hold you mouth just right”! LOL
    Lola
    lfields624@comcast.net

  108. Kelley Eubanks June 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    I just tie my bows but would love a way to make pretty bows! I get so frustrated and want so badly to make pretty bows…. please pick me! ha… :-) thanks for the chance to win!

  109. Casmiles June 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    I make my bows the “bunny ears” way. The first time someone showed it to me I was just amazed – can’t get any easier…

  110. ellen June 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    I make bows with lots of glue dots. I fold, dot, fold, dot… and sometimes a bow shows up!

  111. Bel June 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    I (try to) make bows the old-fashioned way: with my fingers! Would love to try this neat little tool… Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  112. Kristen June 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    I tend to create a loop and tie 2 knots at the ends. Cut and then drag it across the card.
    Lots of fiddling.

  113. snarflemarfle June 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    I’m always fussing with my bows. And if I want to make a really tiny one, I use a fork (and I imagine it works just like the Bow-Easy)

  114. Brainybairn June 30, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Hand tie! This little contraption looks like it would make things really easy!

  115. Katie June 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Well, I do my bows the slow way! LOL! To start, I make my bow as normal…just like tying a shoe. Then, I will pull it out and tighten it back up until I have the shape and size I desire. It is tedious work but it makes for great bows! I have heard of the bow easy and would love to give it a try. Thanks for the review and chance to win! Katie

  116. Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    I make mine like you did, “Rabbit Ears” style. This looks like an interesting product.

    C Burke

  117. Betty N June 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    I usually tie knots instead of bows – much easier : )
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  118. melita June 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    i generally use the rabbit ears method, but more often than not, i end up not using the bow because it doesn’t look right.

  119. June June 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    This is awesome! I don’t do bows, period! I grab a bunch of ribbon and have a friend of mine make them for me and if I don’t have what I need then it gets left off. This would be great to have so that I can make my own bows without begging someone else to do it for me! lol :)

  120. mypaperpleasure June 30, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    when I started making bows was when I wear a “bow” blouse, I always tied very good bows, my friends would admire them, but when they asked me how I did it and teach them, I did not know how to show them, because I had to wear the shirt on and where and how I could do it, other than that I always mess up, just like I do it when it is on the card. I do a lot of bows when I make cards, but very depends on luck, I wish I can win the Bow-Easy that makes this task easy, thanks for the chance.
    I can’t wait to try to see how easy it might help.

  121. Kathy Jacobson June 30, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    I don’t do a lot of bows, because it takes too much time to fuss and get just right. Knots are the way I go!

    Thanks for the review … I’ve been seeing this product used quite a bit lately and now you’ve enabled me!

  122. c.darwin June 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    No rabbit ears for me, but bows are my source of endless frustration! I think I may have to give this a try.

  123. Gailanne June 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    I use the rabbit ears method, but then must fuss and fiddle until the bow looks right. One of my friends has a Bow-Easy, so often during a stamping class I just hand my ribbon to her. Don’t have to say a word!

  124. Melody (lacyquilter) July 1, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    I usually don’t make bows simply because they don’t look that great. I guess I tie my bows in a ‘normal’ manner – whatever that is. I’ve tried the rabbit ears, but could never get it tight.

  125. Bandon, Oregon July 1, 2009 at 2:08 am #

    I so need this Bow-Easy!!! I can’t tie tiny bows for my projects… I would love a chance to win one…. Thanks,
    Faith

  126. LisaNRoxy July 1, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    I usually make them by hand and they are pathetic!

  127. Christine July 1, 2009 at 5:47 am #

    Wow…who would have thought a little piece of plastic could help that much? That’s amazing. I would definitely love to try this out. I really am bow-challenged. I gave up on bows and just do strips.

  128. lauriewe July 1, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    I make my bows the old fashioned way, just tie them, but they never come out symmetrical!

  129. Cassie July 1, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    Sometimes I just tie a small bow and then attach it to my project to make it look like I tied it around the project. Otherwise, it’s a little difficult to get those babies wrapped around the card ;)

  130. Andrea July 1, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    I’ve seen this product before, but it looked to confusing to use. Now that I’ve watched the video tutorial, I see how simple bow construction can be. Wow! I’m a make-a-bow-like-you-tie-your-shoes, and I can make a pretty decent bow. That doesn’t mean that I enjoy it. I would love to win a Bow-Easy, but if I don’t, I’m sure I will be buying one in the future.

  131. Conniecrafter July 1, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    I usually tie my bows like I tie my shoe laces, as you can imagine I don’t use many on my cards but would love to give this one a go!

  132. Sandy O July 1, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    This item looks very interesting. Cuttently I either make a bow without any tool, or use a dowel type tool I purchased from the “paper ladies”, I think that is the name. Last I heard, they are no longer in business due to a home fire. This item has many more options than the one I am currently using. Sometimes it is a struggle, other times I luck out and end up with the perfect bow. It is frustrating either way, considering the time taken to create the bows.

  133. Scrapycandy July 1, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    I wind my ribbon around something…it sounds like this has a similar concept. This is a terrific product!

  134. Jenn July 1, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    I am highly confused! lol

  135. Nancy ~ Inkcicles July 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Sometimes I cheat and tie a knot around my finger. Other times I just tie and retie my bows until I get it looking decent.

    :-)

  136. Linda Bandow July 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    I love this tool and wish I had thought of it….too many of my bows have drool marks from holding one end or another in my teeth. lindy3957@msn.com

  137. Charlene H. July 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Bows… I’m still learning how to tie a nice knot with my ribbon. I can honestly say that I have only tied one bow on a card and that was the kind where you put a flat piece of ribbon across the card and make a bow by folding the ribbon and wrapping a separate piece around the center. Not the easies method, but hey… what’s a girl to do without a Bow-Easy!

  138. Brenda July 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Wow! Would love to have so many options for bow sizes. I use the rabbit ear technique and then tweak it until my ears are drooping as much as the bow! Bow-Easy would make bow making so much easier.

  139. Leslie July 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Can I just say that I don’t make bows! I either do a knot or I do not do anything and just put a flat length of ribbon. I have tried the rabbit ear method, which does work for me, but it wastes so much ribbon because I obviously don’t know what I am doing. LOL This Bow Easy would open soooo many opportunities for me! Win or not, I’ve got to have one!

  140. Donna Scanlon July 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    I’d love to win one of these. I need all the help I can get! I meant to pick one up at my last stamp show but time ran out. I get my more gifted friends to make bows for me. DTS

  141. Anonymous July 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    I tried to make my own bow easy with cardboard but it didn’t work to well. Thanks for the chance to win this great tool. Hugs, Nellie.

  142. Michelle Cline July 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    I don’t… I tie a knot. I really need this thingy!

  143. twinklescrapbooks July 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    I have never ever been able to make a good bow. :( I have only ever used my hands or borrowed a friend’s finger for the middle part (and consequently tying their finger in the process). I guess I am bow-impaired. :)
    tina

  144. Teresa July 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    I did tie my bows like a shoe lace.But now I use the bow easy. It is great!!

  145. Janice M July 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    I do my bows by hand, sometimes I tie them a 1/2 doz times till I get one I like! I’d love to try out the Bow-Easy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  146. Louise Dubord July 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    By hand and with a lot of patience and frustration. This tool would be very welcome in my house

  147. terrypi July 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    I make my ribbons like rabbit ears, also. They come out kinda crooked!!

  148. Daria July 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    You’d laugh if you could see me glued to a how-to video while I try to follow the directions and tie a bow. Over and over.

  149. SuzanneS July 3, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    I have a hard time doing bows and would love to have a way to not only make it easy but look great…..

  150. Jean July 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    I learned how to tie bows from a show called Chez Helene I watched when I was a wee little girl.Loop one end, loop the other, tie the two together as you would a knot – still make my bows this way and can’t do it any other – not bad bows if I’m crafting but I look sort of dorky when I’m tying sneakers. Perhaps I should get my grandson to teach me. lol

  151. Oma July 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    I get very frustrated tying bows so now I just knot my ribbon. Would love to have the bow easy!

  152. Karen T September 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    I tied it anyway my fingers will not get caught!! Thanks for the chance to win this great tool.

  153. Gina October 26, 2009 at 5:18 am #

    I make bows the old fashion way, with my figers getting all knotted up and ooops there goes that loop. lol they turn out less than perfect but at least I still can make them for now. lol.

  154. Leanne November 3, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    I stay away from ribbon just for the simple fact I CANNOT TIE A BOW!!! No matter how hard I try they never turn out pretty :( This would really help me want to try again!!
    Tobusyscrapping@bellsouth.com

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