Hi, I'm Shannon the owner of Southern Belles Like Big Bows. I have enjoyed creating since I was a child, but it wasn’t until I became an adult that I learned to sew when I met my dad's sister for the first time. It turns out my Grandma (her mom) was an avid seamstress and quilter. She had learned the craft from her mom and was now happy to teach me how to sew by making quilts. I loved working with my hands to create lasting pieces that could be used in everyday life.
Within a few years, we left that town and moved to my husband’s hometown here on the gulf coast of Mississippi. Shortly after we had a son and then a daughter. I became a stay-at-home mom. As with so many other mothers, my hobby took a back seat. I loved being a mom but I missed that creative outlet and sense of completion when the project was done. A friend of mine got me over the fear of a glue gun when she showed me how she made simple flower headbands. From that first headband, I was hooked on making hair accessories for my daughter. I loved working with my hands on a creative project that I could finish during a nap or while my children slept at night. Most of all I loved seeing my daughter wearing my creations.
HOURS & HOURS
I wanted to stay at home with my children, but I also knew we needed additional income. People had been asking where my daughter's bows were coming from and I realized I might have a way to contribute financially to our family. With the encouragement of my sister-in-law and a friend, I paid for a space in a local craft fair. My husband lovingly went along as I bought $55.00 worth of supplies and spent hours upon hours making hair accessories while our children slept. I didn’t sell out at that first craft fair, but I did make enough to order more supplies! Soon after that I began selling online through social media and to friends locally. I wasn’t making a lot, but it was enough to help out.
REALLY LIKE BIG BOWS
Around that time Southern Belles Like Big Bows was born! It got its name from that same friend that encouraged me to begin selling bows. When I would ask her if a bow I was working on was big enough for her daughter she would always tell me to make it bigger. When they were finally big enough I knew that southern belles really did like big bows! My husband encouraged me to open up a storefront in our 1897 historic home. A few months after the opening I also began selling online and on Etsy which contributed to the growth of the business immensely.
We specialize in monogrammed boutique bows, graduation cap topper bows, and baby headbands. I was also able to get back to my first love of sewing with the expansion into school uniform accessories, bow ties, suspenders, and our immensely popular necktie and bow tie pacifier clips. We pride ourselves on making quality products with loving attention to detail. Our sewn accessories are made from name premium fabrics. For all of our hair bows we use quality, made in America grosgrain ribbon. Our embroidery is densely stitched and large. We only use premium French barrettes and alligator clips for better durability and longer wear. All of our products are stress tested by my growing children. I see first hand how items look when worn and how they hold up over time.
I love the interaction with our local customers that our storefront provides. It is crucial to staying in touch with what people want. Plus, customers have great ideas! I love turning their ideas into something that can be worn every day! At the same time, the support of the online community has been invaluable in supporting the growth of the business. Our town is fairly small and could not support the shop entirely on its own. With the combined customer base I was able to hire a team of mom's and young women that I have been able to pass on the skill of sewing and embroidery too. When you buy from Southern Belles Like Big Bows, not only are you supporting the manufacturing of made in the USA products, you are supporting families just like yours.