My mother-in-law told me that I made beautiful bows. I think I learned the art of a perfect bow while living in the South for a couple a years. It wasn't officially Christmas until every mailbox in our neighborhood was adorned with it's own velvet bow. I got roped into the neighborhood bow making committee one year. We all met down at the pool house and spent a fun evening talking and making velvet bows. After about ten or so bows, I was convinced I could make them in my sleep.
Bows are easy and no fancy guides or tools are needed. I used an entire three yard spool of ribbon for each of my sleigh bell arrangement bows. Have a length of floral wire handy.