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Faux Leather Tips & Tricks

So I have a few tips. For the faux leather centers, I would always cut the piece by hand instead of using a template and then making them a 1/4-1/2 inch longer. This way when I glued them, there wasn't as much tension applied to it and I could trim any excess. On the rare occasion I do make a hair bow, I also line the inside of the clip with a strip of felt a bit wider than the clip. I have found this will also help keep the faux leather strap in place. 

I find that applying the hot glue to the colored side of the leather and as I apply it, I run the hot tip on it real well. The coating is polyurethane, which is a kind of plastic, so if you do this it melts the coating just a little so when you fold over the center and attach with the felted side, it creates an extra bond.

If that doesn't work, try an adhesive called E6000. They have it at every craft store. It doesn't smell great and it takes a while to dry, but the smell goes away and it creates a much tougher bond.

If you don't have any laying around, run to a dollar store and pick up some clothespins. They are your friend to hold the centers in place for a bit regardless of what kind of adhesive you're using. I typically use a scrap piece of faux leather and felt as a buffer between the bow and the clothespin because the clothespin can leave marks on it due to the pressure.

While these tricks have worked for me and my novice skill set, I have heard from many professional bow makers that these techniques have still not helped produce the desired result and have had to scrap the whole idea of faux leather centers. This many have opted for glitter centers instead.

I hope this makes sense. I'm a very visual person so I understand if these tips are difficult to interpret without pictures. Let me know if you have any questions at all or if you run into any other troubles. Before picking up any E6000, try the other tips. Like I said before, I'm not a pro, but the bows I do make for my kiddo have never come apart. But there are a lot of makers who use E6000 for everything. The choice is yours!

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