What is a pre-notched bow?
Pre-notched bow is one of the oldest bow
designs commonly used by florists, crafters, bridal
shops and other bow makers. They are also called
hanks. Each bow consists of several yards of folded
ribbon. Small “V” or “U” shaped cuts are made in the
center by machine or scissors. That is where the
ribbon is then tied with florist's wire, chenille,
narrow curling strings or specialty staplers.
To transform such folded ribbon into a nicely shaped
bow, loops have to be pulled one at a time,
twisted and then pulled again towards you. All loops
must clear a middle notch so that they don't slide back
under neighboring loop. Don’t be discouraged if the
bow does not look perfect after you’ve done all this.
It only means that more adjustments is needed so
keep twisting and pulling loops until you get
desired shape. Our pre-notched bows are made with
instructions are included in the package.
While we use machine to produce neat die-cuts ready
for fluffing, pre-notched bows can also be made by
using few yards of ribbon and a pair of sharp
Don’t confuse pre-notched bows with pull bows, also
sold in our store. While they both ship as pre-bows
they form in a different way. Pull bows form in
seconds. Loops automatically arrange themselves when you pull
the two inner strings.
Pre-notched bows have to be fluffed one loop at the
time which requires approximately 2-3 minutes per bow
with additional primping as needed. Most colors and
color combinations sold in our store are available
both in pre-notched and pull bows format.