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Chicago, Illinois | 660 Sales

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Note from shop owner A new member of the “Bowdana Crew” is about to make his entry into the world! Follow on FB and IG for updates on his arrival and for dates on the shop’s re-opening. Thanks for visiting!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 6, 2019

A new member of the “Bowdana Crew” is about to make his entry into the world! Follow on FB and IG for updates on his arrival and for dates on the shop’s re-opening. Thanks for visiting!

Emily Waddell

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Emily Waddell


Living the Bowdana Dream

I am a stay-at-home-mom of three beautiful girls, Grace, Caroline and Violet. My husband took a job in Salt Lake City a little over two years ago and moved us across the country from the Midwest! I've always had a creative personality, but it wasn't until we moved here that I decided to put it to work.

My grandmother passed away about 5 years ago, and before she died she left me a gift certificate to a local sewing shop in Illinois. Years went by and I would look at it from time to time thinking, "I really need to learn how to sew.. for my Nana. " I knew that it would be beneficial to be able to do small projects here and there for my girls and that every time I sat down at my sewing machine, I would think of her. So, I traveled home to Chicago and purchased what is now my "Bowdana Maker"!

One of my favorite things about having little girls is that I get to dress them up everyday! As we got ready for my daughter's six month photo shoot, I was brainstorming. How can these pictures stand out and be unique? How can I shake the "professional photography look" that swarms my Facebook newsfeed. The boutique, couture trend is adorable. Believe me.. I have fallen to it's grace's one too many times. But my Caroline, she is classic. A natural, All-American beaut. And what is more classic.. then a bandana? I quickly sat down at my craft table and started fashioning what is now "The Bowdana".

These are more then accessories to me. When I sit down to sew, I am not a mother, not a wife... I am Emily. So many women get lost in the busyness of living the American Dream and forget to nurture the woman behind it all.

My business is brand new. With this comes many challenges, but I know that no dream is too far out of reach! I hope that you have some interest in my story and will make "The Bowdana" a part of your little girl's sweet charm. Thank you for visiting my shop!

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Shop members

  • Emily Waddell


  • Lori Ciaccio

    Marketing Director

Shop policies

Last updated on November 9, 2018

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Please remember... THE SIZES LISTED ARE GENERAL SIZES. If you would like to guarantee fit, please measure the child's head and leave the exact size in the notes section at check out.

CANCELLATIONS must be made 24 hours after purchase.

PLEASE read ALL descriptions carefully.

Payments will be accepted from:
Etsy gift cards
Current production time is 1-2 weeks. (custom orders require additional time) Each bowdana is unique and is handmade by the shop owner. Rush shipping is available for an extra charge. All orders are shipped via USPS First Class. Allow 2-5 business days for receipt. International orders require an additional 6-14 days.
Additional policies and FAQs
All Bowdana material is pre-washed in Dreft Laundry Detergent for your little ones precious skin.

Wholesale inquiries, please contact my shop.