Wednesday, May 4, 2011

the bow tie (tutorial)

So, i decided to make a tutorial, just for fun. 
Last month i looked at several bow-tie pictures and tutorials and   combined them. Then after making several and adding a few little tweaks i thought it would be handy to put it all down in one place. Especially since i'm sure i'll forget everything once my bow-tie infatuation fades a tad. :)

  Ok, so you only need three pieces of fabric and just a few simple steps to make one of your own. 

1)Prep the 3 pieces of fabric- I spread out a 1/2 yd of fabric and ironed on a large piece of interfacing so i'd be ready to cut out a few "bows" and "center" pieces at a time.
Neck strap- this needs to be as long as fits comfortably around your child's neck- with a little overlap for velcro. 
(Baby Ben's strap was about 10ish inches and our 5yr old was about 16inches. Both were 2 1/2 inches wide.)
- Fold this in 1/2 wrong side out, sew around 3 sides, turn right side out and iron

Bow- for this, figure out how wide across you want your finished bow-tie and then quadruple that length. I wanted mine around 5 inches so i cut the piece 20 inches long. For Ben's i made them about and inch shorter. 
- Fold this piece in 1/2, wrong side facing out, sew around 3 sides, clip corners and turn right side out and iron. 
Center- this is the piece of fabric that goes around the center of the bow. It is about 2 inches wide and maybe 3 inches long- just long enough to loop around the bow with a little overlap. 
- Fold this lengthwise, sew 3 sides, turn inside out and iron.

2) Make the Bow- Here are some pictures of the 4 basic steps.

3) Attach the neck strap Once you have your bow all ready, just slip the neck strap through the center piece in the back. Hand sew a few stitches to keep the center piece attached to the bow and the neck strap attached and centered to the entire bow. Then, hold it around your boy's neck, mark it and then sew your velcro on. I put a pretty big piece of velcro on mine so they could be a slightly adjustable depending on whether my boys wear them with or without a collared shirt. 

And you're done! Strap it on your lil man and soak up the cuteness!

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Gaspord Adventures said...

SO, so, cute!!! I want one for my baby - that is if it is a boy. :)

Love you!

Jo-Anna@APrettyLife said...

This is adorable!

Cassandra Potter Kemp said...

So cute! Could you please clarify some things to make it a little easier? Could you specify on the bow & neck strap if they are to be folded lengthwise or not? You only clarified with the center. Also you said how long to cut the bow material but not how wide? It would also be helpful to know what size seams you used..

Diane said...

Thanks for the tutorial. There are a few things that need to be clarified. For the bow, the length only needs to be doubled, not quadrupled. I cut my fabric 20 inches and it created a bow that was 10 inches long. Way too big. Don't you mean 10 inches, not 20? Also, you forgot to include the width you used. I'm guessing 3 inches?

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Thanks for the tutorial! I'm trying to figure out how long to make my 16 month old's bowtie. How old was baby Ben when you made his?

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