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Five groups you need to be part of on Facebook: Bow edition

Bow makers unite. Making bows is not an easy hobby whether you’re part of the faux leather team or you make fabric or ribbon bows, there are plenty of groups to help you on your journey. We all need help, even those that have been doing it for years and the best people to help you are other people that have made the exact same mistakes that you have.  Why you should be part of Facebook groups? Facebook can be your best friend or your worst enemy and for me I chose that it would be my friend. There are so many groups that just make your life easier and unless you’re insane, you should probably want to make your own life easier. So I’ve spent the last six months looking for groups that you’re going to want to be a part of and finding the best ones in each of the crafting categories, here’s five groups that you need to be part of on Facebook – bow edition. Group #1: Hair Bow Materials Destash/Advice This is a fantastic group for both products and advice, currently it’s just for members in the UK, but I would assume that’s only for the selling aspect of it. 99% of the page is selling, but if you have a question and post it people do reply to you in a fairly timely and helpful manner. Group #2: Bow talk  I loved this group from the moment that I found it – the line is “if you dont like sharing your bow knowledge, this group really isnt for you!”. The group is full of positive vibes and helpful advice, plus plenty of inspiration (which means I want to make everything that I see).  Group #3: Cat’s Hair Bow tutorials My aim is to be Cat one day, she is just goals. She is unlike a lot of other crafters, is just so open and supportive about every single bow maker. We share a lot of similar thoughts where I personally believe there is enough room for all bow makers. She has a youtube channel too, posts regular videos and even has specific hours for people to share and support other small businesses. Group #4: Bow making, destash UK I harp on about this group all the time, but it really is the holy grail of buying destash fabric. I think that I have bought about £100 in total of fabric from this group and I know that the clays alone are worth a lot more than I buy them for. The issue is that sometimes you find something, but people can’t remember where it’s from. I think it’s still worth it though. Group 5: Jolif the Craft Shop friends and customers If you’ve not bought from Jolif yet, you’re missing out. The fabric that I have from there is just out of this world, but the customer group is just amazing. Considering most of the people in the group should theoretically be competition, they’re all so helpful and amazing. Honestly, I answer so many questions and ask so many more. So there you have it! My favourite Facebook groups. Come back next week for my favourite vinyl groups.

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Design Space sets to help organise your pantry

When buying your Cricut there’s a rite of passage, and one of them is that you have to use vinyl to label everything in your house. There are plenty of TIKTOKs that take this to another level, but on a whole it’s one of the easiest first crafts or first activities that you can do with your machine. As I mention in other blog posts, I have a maker, but this can be used with any machine. Although Design Space is £7 a month, I personally don’t use it enough, and this is something that I’m trying to use more, however they don’t make it easy to find amazing templates and sometimes you just need to find one or two that you like and you can take a look at the entire brand set. Pantry Labels with Icons These are cute and perfect for anyone just starting out, they’re a good size to learn weeding skills and also they’re really simple and can be any colour. The great thing about these labels is that they’d be pretty easy to recreate. You could easily grab a square and some other images and create some bespoke ones. Cute pantry labels These would be much harder to recreate, but they have so many general ones that you’d never be stuck for choice. Pantry definition labels Pantry definitions are cute, but I would recommend using printable vinyl rather than actual vinyl as this could be a nightmare to weed. Farmhouse Pantry Labels These cute farmhouse pantry labels with a whole farmhouse scheme, there’s also some cute signage that can go with them which will help you create a cute farmhouse theme. Organise this, Organise that This goes way beyond your pantry, but if you’re that kind of person this set gives you three times what the other sets give you. If you’ve given any of these a go, I would love to see your work.

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My name is Clare and I’m a marketer by day and a crafter by evening. Just before the lockdown I bought a Cricut machine and since then have been obsessed with creating. You can request a tutorial, ask a question or just say hi below. If you’d like free SVGs and tutorials straight to your inbox sign up to my newsletter.

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