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Cheer bows

I told you before about Emily’s desire to be a cheerleader…  if you recall, our first attempt wasn’t successful and our second attempt looked somewhat promising but didn’t quite made my girl feel like a cheerleader.

You can read a little about those attempts in one of my older post:  To be a cheerleader

Over the last year, the same club where we tried that second time, moved into their own gym and added classes.  This summer they decided to give themselves another chance at creating a team of kids with various abilities.

Emily wasn’t sure she wanted to try…  Actually I believe she said she couldn’t be a cheerleader.

That broke my heart as although I know she might not be a top cheerleader ( I certainly wasn’t cheerleader material at her age) I feel she deserves a fair shot at it.  I feel quite strongly that she should be allowed to try and have fun.

Entered the new and improved Cheer Olympia

Emily’s cheer team is 2 other girls with special needs and 3 coaches.  All 6 girls are around the same age and they all look like they are having a blast.

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Emily feels so comfortable and included that she made a painting for the gym.

Her team are the Pillars and this is Colleen with Emily’s painting!  It is displayed at the gym, which makes Emily really happy.


Now that my girl is a happy cheerleader and that the gym has confirmed that they are not only continuing but also expanding their program in the fall, Emily asked if “we” could make cheer bows for her team!


I always fall for the we, when in theory, I should know by now that it means, I will do it, whatever “it” is.

We in our house means me!

We looked-up a you tube video and went to get supplies!

The most important step in making cheer bow, is the first one!  Pour yourself a glass of wine and gather the supplies!


Our (my) project was a no-sow project as I don’t sow.  And as a disclaimer, I am not crafty!

Please enjoy the pictures showing the steps, including the moment, we officially became just me 🙂

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Beginners mistake #1.  Verify that you buy enough ribbon.  One of our roll was shorter…..

Off to the store we went.  Again!

Somehow when we returned, Emily was more interested in her book than in helping.  That is the official moment when this became my project!

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Beginner mistake #2.  Don’t use newspaper, use parchemin paper…  paint and glue on thin ribbon ends up sticking to newspaper…  I guess I should have known that!

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Emily was really happy with the end results and can’t wait to give the bows away on Thursday!

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What do you think?  Did “we” do ok?

19 thoughts on “Cheer bows

  1. Pingback: My cheerleader! | Lessons from my daughter

  2. I thought it was a good idea like me i wanted to try cheerleading but i have really bad anxiety so its hard for me to do cheerleading

    • So far, Emily is doing really well with this group. The team should be bigger this fall so it will be a different experience. I hope she continued to be happy and participate but it will be up to her. I can only drive her there and cheer for her and help her see that she’s progressing. She tried other things that were just to stressful or no fun before and those didn’t work out. Thank you for reading!

  3. Those are the most awesome first attempt bows!! Great job! My daughter attends the same great club and I too attempted to make bows for her team 2 years ago…. I took no pictures as she would probably never let me live it down as they were unwearable! LOL.

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