Maybe Matilda: Birdsong Bows Pattern Review and Giveaway

Friday, February 3, 2012

Birdsong Bows Pattern Review and Giveaway

 ***Giveaway closed! Thanks for entering, and congratulations to Chelsea, the lucky winner!***

I got the chance recently to take a pattern from Birdsong Bows for a test drive—what a cute shop with such adorable designs!

There’s a lot to love . . . page after page of photo-packed, tutorial-style patterns for hair bows, tutus, fabric and ribbon flowers, and other accessories. Here are a few of my favorite items:
I love how fancy the flower patterns look . . . they have such a whimsical, fairy-tale look. Deanna, the designer and owner of Birdsong Bows, told me: “I started my business in 2006, selling bows, because my youngest daughter needed some cute bows to go with her school uniform! I'm originally a journalist. I love designing patterns as much as I love writing and photographing the steps!”
I picked out the Camellia Flower pattern to try myself—something about that full, fluffy flower called out to me. I figured it might be a little too big for me to get away with wearing in my hair, but never fear . . .
DSC_0313-1 . . . it is a fabulous pin (feel free to picture me saying that while making some dramatic hand gestures). It makes such a great accessory for little girls (hello, gigantic hair bows!) or big girls (this would have been a really boring outfit if it weren’t for that big fun flower, don’t you think? It sure helps my unexciting wardrobe look a little more interesting!).
DSC_0336-4 I love the full, soft, fluffy look of this flower, and the pattern definitely gets two thumbs up. There was a photo for every single step of the way, so I never had any questions or concerns that I was messing anything up, and the instructions were so thorough. This is the difference, I think, between spending a few dollars to purchase a pattern versus just winging it based on a couple pictures, or trying to follow a confusing tutorial you found free somewhere: I knew exactly what I needed to do to make my flower come out exactly like the picture. I feel confident that this pattern would give great results even for someone who has never made flowers or accessories like this before . . . no worries about experience here.
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It was quick and straightforward to make, and I think it’s going to be getting a lot of wear (and a lot of matching friends . . . one in every color)!
Want to try out some patterns for yourself? One winner will receive FIVE PATTERNS of their choice from Birdsong Bows! That is a lot of patterns . . . think of all the cute accessories you could create!
Here’s how to enter: GIVEAWAY CLOSED! THANKS FOR ENTERING! (leave a comment for each entry, and make sure I have a way to contact you, either by leaving your email address in the comment or having email enabled on your Google profile!)
1) Visit Birdsong Bows on Etsy and leave a comment telling me your favorite pattern!
2) And for an extra entry . . . ‘like’ Birdsong Bows on facebook and leave a comment saying so!
That’s it! (Am I the only one who hates giveaways with like 52 different entry methods? If there are more than 2 or 3 ways to enter, I don’t even bother. So we’re keeping it simple.)
I’ll randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, February 8th. Have fun!

61 comments :

  1. I also like Birdsong Bows on FB :)

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  2. so cute! i love the color you chose too. i also love the camellia flower pattern on the website.

    how fun!

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  3. and i liked birdsong on facebook too... (:

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  4. So many cute bow!! I love them all but my favorite would be the bow-ties. I would love to see my little guys in some!

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  5. I like Birdsong Bows on Facebook. Thanks for the great giveaway! Your flower is beautiful.

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  6. They are all so darling! I think my favorite is the over the top bow!

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  7. Love the ribbon headband fascinator! All the patterns are adorable!

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  8. I love the Hannah Flower/headband
    pattern. I have a bunch of little girls who would LOVE those headbands.

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  9. I love the fabric flower tutorial with the white flower for a headband...so beautiful! :)

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  10. I also liked Birdsong Bows on Facebook! :)

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  11. Ooo, fancy! And Deanna actually lives near my hometown. Small world!

    I like The Camellia Flower. I would totally put that on my future baby girl's noggin.

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  12. I also liked them on facebook!

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  14. I really like the fabric flower tutorial :)

    Thanks for running this, and for making it simple!

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  15. I like the fabric flower tutorial. It's so pretty!

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  16. I like the twisted boutique bows and korkers! So cute!

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  17. Oh man picking a favorite isn't easy! The No-Sew flowers are adorable! The felt flowers, the headband fascinator are all probably among my favorites!

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  18. My favorite is the Annabelle flower! kendraalexa@gmail.com

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  19. I like Birdsong Bows on Facebook! kendraalexa@gmail.com

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  20. This pretty flower headband:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/82454673/fabric-flower-tutorial-pattern-with

    and these cute flop flop decorations:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80728165/sale-learn-how-to-make-funky-loopy-flip

    are my favourites from the etsy shop.

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  21. I like the bright red DIY Valentine PDF Fabric Flower!

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  22. I think I'd pick the Camelia flower too. Darling!

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  23. The boy bowtie pattern is my favorite!

    -Amy
    suzysetter(at)cox(dot)net

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  24. Love the Ribbon rose instructions and ruffle flower hair bow. Thanks!

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  25. Those ribbon pendants look neat. I would NOT want to have to figure out how to do those on my own.

    And I, too, hate the 10 ways to enter giveaways.

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  26. Gosh the refreshing simplicity of the Hannah flower is wonderful, but I'm a sucker for the Poinsettia flower. So fun!

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  27. Nice giveaway. My favorite pattern if How to Make Boutique Hair Bows Hair Bow Pattern.. I have a new grandaughter and her Mommy wants to know how to make them herself!! I would be willing to teach her--after I teach myself!! Thanks

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  28. I also "liked" Birsong Bows FB page for another chance to win!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  29. I love the felt flowers! I have been making things from felt and having a blast doing it.

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  30. I love the Camellia Flowers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/80013217/make-fabric-flowers-instruction-tutorial

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  31. I like the Annabelle flower!

    chelsa45@gmail.com

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  32. I like Birdsong Bows on fb

    chelsa45@gmail.com

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  33. My favorite is the camellia flower headband.

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  34. I like Birdsong Bows on Facebook.

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  35. I really like the felt Camellia flower as well (seems to be a popular choice!). Great giveaway!

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  36. Hi-
    I love your blog and check it ALL the time for your crochet tips! I love the felt flower. I would even use it to decorate a pillow or picture frame!

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  37. I liked Birdsong bows on facebook too! lorenzsm@hotmail.com

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  38. i like the headband ... and a ton more skeime at gmail

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  39. I really like the ribbon flower headbands.

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  40. I also follow birdsong on facebook!

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  41. I love love love the fabric flower pattern! I love how vintage the image looks that they used on the website! Looking forward to your give-away, and thank you for all the tutorials! They're great!

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  42. Just liked Birdsong Bows on good ol' Facebook!!

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  43. I can't make my mind up I just love them all. I'd have to say any of the headbands BUT maybe I live the tie. It's all too hard to just pick one...............

    junglejane75(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I love the Funky Loopy Hair Bow.

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  45. I visited Birdsong on Etsy, I loved the bows so much, I couldn't wait for the giveaway and had to purchase an e-book right then! my e-mail address is lauralim@bellsouth.net

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  46. I like the How to make a felt flower or fabric rose PDF pattern DIY tutorial

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  47. I think the Hannah Flower/Headband is my favorite! :)

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  48. I can't believe you want me to pick just one. For starters I think I missed the flower you were wearing. BUT I like the Hannah headband and the tutu instructions and the fabric flowers and.... oh forget it. You can see I will never be able to narrow it down.

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  49. I like Birdsong on FB

    (btw I agree...all those hoops to jump through for a giveaway makes me just move on. Thanks for not doing that).

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  50. My favorite would be:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80852170/diy-valentine-pdf-fabric-flower-tutorial
    susand1408(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  51. I've liked on facebook
    (crochet addictcfs)
    susand1408(at)googlemail(dot)com

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