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Vendor Spotlight : Top Notch Templates by No Bow…No Go

Top Notch Templates by No Bow…No Go are templates used to assist you in creating amazing, boutique hair bows. I  will admit to being skeptical of this system. I said to myself “I’ve made bows before, why would I need this.” Then, I remind myself that yes, I have made bows for my daughter in the past, but usually ended up taking me a long time, having to get someone to help me hold, while I twisted wire, or worst, the bows ended up falling apart after one or two wearings. So I decided to go in with an open mind, and give the system a try.

First, let’s get started on what the system is about. There are bow templates, which are made of durable, quality materials, and instructions for how to make the bows. You can create your own kit on the website, so you can choose from as many templates as you like, bow instructions (in the form of either a printed, spiral-bound book; 3-hole-punched book, or and eBook). For the purpose of review, I received the full, spiral bound book (which was wonderful) and 12 templates. I also received the Clip Grips, which are self-stick, non-slip pads to help hold the clips on, especially for baby-fine hair.

Knowing from experience, I decided to read through the book and understand what was going on before getting into the bow making. The instructions are very detailed and organized and feature instructions for 8 various bows, as well as some enhancements, to take the basic bows further. There are also pages on how to line alligator clips for use, set up your work area, seal the ends of ribbon, and set the finished bows, so that they retain their shape, wear after wear. One of my favorite parts of the instructions involves a photo of all of the finished bows and the various templates needed.
After reading through the instructions and tips, I got my work area set up. You don’t need much to get started. Just some ribbon, clips, scissors, needle and thread, and something to seal the ends. Suggestions are offered, as well as alternatives if you don’t have something listed. In the past I have used fray check or clear nail polish to seal the ends of my ribbon, but did you know you could use the side of a wood burning tool? I didn’t until I saw it in the book! It quickly melts the trimmed edge and creates a nice seal.
So, lets get started creating a bow! The templates are easy to use, and the instructions are very easy to follow. You just wrap your ribbon around the template according to the instructions, then clip into place (with clips using non-slip material) so your ribbon doesn’t slide off. Until you want it to, of course!
After you get the ribbon in place, you stitch up the middle in the “slot” of the template. The instructions detail how many stitches, and which ribbons to go through to get the bow to crease the correct way. After completing your stitches, you just remove the clips and slide the bow off. You also don’t finish off your stitch, just leave the thread a bit long because you pull it to tighten the bow, then wrap it around and stitch to finish.
You then attach your bow to the clip of your choosing (with hot glue) and create a center. There are instructions in the book for creating 3 different centers, straight, pyramid, or knotted. You then wrap your center around your bow and clip and you’re finished!
There is also a great set of instructions for an Itty Bitty bow. This bow is 1″ wide and only uses 5″ of ribbon. Such a great way to use up ribbon scraps and make cute bows that can be used on scrapbook pages, cards and more.

The Itty Bitty bow is made using one side of the 2 template and is super simple to make.
The templates and instructions in the book are a great starting point, but you don’t have to be limited to hair bows attached to clips. My daughter is really into headbands right now, so I decided to add a bow to a headband instead.

Here is my bow after finishing the work on the template and stitching shut. All I need to do next is add my center.

I added a dab of glue to the back and stuck the bow on. I went with a knotted center, and wrapped the excess around the headband, gluing into place.

And here is the finished product. Such a quality bow and it didn’t make me go nuts in the process!

Now she’s ready to go!
Pros:
  • Easy, easy, easy! And seriously, each one took 5 minutes to complete.
  • Versatile – The bows made with the templates can be used for anything and everything.
  • Detailed – The instructions are quite detailed, so if you get confused, don’t worry!
Cons:
  • Cost can be high if you don’t see yourself using the product multiple times
  • Not many other uses besides making bows.
The basic starter set begins at $19.95 and includes 4 templates and instructions. The price goes up for more templates or the printed instructions and can be purchased direct from their website.
Overall, I think this is a great product. I can definitely see myself using the templates again in the future for a variety of projects including gift wrapping and holiday decor. And when I said easy, I meant it. If you have the supplies on hand, several bows can be whipped up quickly for birthday party gifts or a quick bow to match and cute new dress. I look forward to making more!The No Bow No Go Instruction booklet and TNT Top Notch Templates can be purchased online at their website {NoBowNoGo.com}.

What do you think? Look like something you’d be interested in using? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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5 Responses to Vendor Spotlight : Top Notch Templates by No Bow…No Go

  1. Linda August 30, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    This does look very interesting. The bows you made are very lovely!! I think I would probably use this but not sure it is in the budget right now.

  2. Becky August 30, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    This does sound interesting since this is one of my biggest problems, making a bow 🙂

  3. Devon August 31, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Use code NBNG10 for a 10% discount on orders over $20. :oD

  4. Anonymous September 2, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Devon is amazing! She responds quick to answer your questions and her instructions are very easy to follow. Thank you for a great product NBNG!

  5. amy October 21, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    how do u buy?