From a young age I’ve always enjoyed crafts and making things, through youth clubs and Girls Bridgade, I even remember the time I won 1st prize at an agriculture show for craft I made in school which was entered into the competition. The feeling of knowing you made that piece of craft and people voted for it was a nice achievement and it felt good to see people liked it! When our first daughter Maisie was born back in 2016 I took a real notice for little girl’s handmade hair bows. I remember searching online through Ebay, Etsy and Facebook to see what types of bows were available. They all looked so pretty and I really wanted to buy some for Maisie! The vast amount of colours and prints of fabric bows was exciting and probably for myself, who’s quite indecisive, a challenge to pick some that would match a lot of Maisie’s outfits!
I placed my first bow order from a small business in England and they arrived 4 days later. I was so excited to see them and try them on Maisie!! They looked so beautiful on her!! It got me thinking that when I was back searching for bows to buy I couldn’t find a local business who handmade hair bows! And that’s when it got me thinking was it something I could maybe make for Maisie myself?! I decided to take one of Maisie’s hair bows apart so I could see how it was made. Yes I had now dismantled a beautiful hair bow I had spent ages looking at online and deciding whether to order or not! But it was all with one very good reason in mind!!
The hair bow consisted of two shapes of fabric folded and glued together and then attached to the soft baby head band. Gosh I thought!! I could definitely give this a go myself! I placed my first order of fabric online from Ebay, as I didn’t know any suppliers yet so Ebay at the time was the easiest and quickest option! Lol. My parcel arrived and I sat down one evening and attempted to make some hair bows for Maisie! I printed a template off online and used it to create the stencils for the bow. !5 minutes later I had made my first hair bow for Maisie!! Yeah!!! Now I felt like the world was my oyster!! I continued to make little hair bows for Maisie, and one day I was back at my parent’s house and I mentioned to my dad what I had been doing. Dad is self- employed and runs his own businesses from home, which he started from scratch himself. He’s very passionate about what he does and proud of what he has achieved to date and is always full of new ideas.
Well this news of me hand making new bows sparked an idea in Dads head. He said “Gillian why don’t you consider turning this hobby into a business? I was immediately thinking he was mad in the head suggesting this crazy idea for me, yes me Gillian a trained nurse with really not much knowledge when it comes to running your own business! It never even crossed my mind about selling my hair bows to others and the thought of having my own business sort of frightened me but after a discussion with dad and my husband Gareth, I decided to give it a go. Tiny Bows was officially launched in December 2017. I was apprehensive at first about what others would think of my hair bows but I knew I didn’t have to be. I enjoy making hair bows and working with different fabrics and styles and I want to show that passion through my hair bows J Nearly 18 months trading I still enjoy every order and it gives me great satisfaction when I get sent pictures of my little customers wearing their Tiny Bows hair bows and the lovely reviews I get sent also. Tiny Bows continues to grow to this day and my new website is nearly ready for launching!