Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bow Tie Tutorial

Bow ties are much easier to make than people make them out to be. However, tying them is well...not exactly a piece of cake. That's okay though, because it is up to the man to take care of that.

To make a bow tie you will need:
--typical sewing tools
--matching thread
--1/3 yard fusible interfacing
--1/3 fabric

First, you will need to find a bow tie or a pattern of a bow tie. It is easiest to find a cheap bow tie at Goodwill or Salvation Army so you know it will fit.

Next, trace your pattern,or your pre-made tie with an additional 1/2 inch, onto your fabric twice.

Now, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric using the iron.

Then, cut out the two pieces of the bow tie.

Next, break out the machine! I know you are excited, but go slow!! Sew around the edges with a 3/8 inch seam with the right sides of fabric together. Be sure to leave about a 5 inch opening along a straight side at the back of the neck so that you can turn it right side out later.

Now, you are ready to turn it right side out. You may want a chopstick or the end of a pen or pencil to help. Be patient and take your time.

Next, make sure the gap you left unsewn folds in and matches up, then sew around the entire bow tie with a 1/4 inch seam. This will hold the gap in place as well as give your now tie a more polished look.

Lastly, iron that bad boy and lightly starch of needed and surprise a lucky man with a beautiful gift he could actually use! :)

If you have any questions, ease let me know. I would also love to see your bow tie once completed!

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