bow tie toot.

making a bow tie is a great project for beginner sewers.  it takes very little fabric & time which also makes it a fun party favor or prop for a lil’ man birthday.  they {also, also} coordinate well with our easter printables {available here}.  wether you plan on using them for a party, gift or your family, they are incredibly cute and satisfying to make.

materials:  needle & thread {if sewing by hand} or sewing machine . fabric scissors or a rotary cutter . ruler . cutting mat {if using rotary cutter} . iron & ironing board . small piece of fabric . small piece of flannel . corner maker, knitting needle, or chopstick to push out corners . clip of some sort &/or headband for girls

1. cut 2 pieces 3.5 x 4.5″ & 1 piece 2 x 3 out of your main fabric.  then cut 1 piece 3.5 x 4.5 out of flannel.

2.  lay the two pieces of main fabric right sides together and lay the piece of flannel on top.

3. sew around the rectangle sandwich using a 1/4″ seam & leaving a 1″ opening on one long side.  back-stitch at the beginning and end.  {directions for hand stitching using a back stitch are at the bottom of this toot.}

4.  trim excess fabric from corners.

5. turn right side out.  use a corner maker, knitting needle or other pointy object to ‘poke’ out the corners.  fold the raw edges from the opening in and iron your rectangle.

6. fold your 2 x 3″ piece of fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together.  sew along long edge.

7. turn right side out and iron open with seam down the middle of the back.

8.  fold in half short wise right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from edge making a little ring.  turn right side out.

9. accordion fold your big rectangle lengthwise and slide your ring into the center.  puff out your bow tie…..

10. admire your cute bow tie!

BACKSTITCH:  to hand sew using a back stitch you will need to thread your needle and tie both ends of the thread in a knot to make a double strand.  put the needle into fabric from the top & come out about 1/4″ and pull thread tight without puckering fabric.  now take your needle and go back through the fabric at about the same spot you started your first stitch & come up 1/2″ from the starting point.  now put your needle back down at the place your first stitch came up and take another 1/2″ stitch.  repeat until you have sewn around leaving a one inch opening along one side.  tie a knot at the end.  continue with the rest of the instructions.

now it’s time to decide how you want to attach your bow tie.  because our toot is for a party favor bow tie, i used a hot glue gun to attach a bow to a headband and paper clip {assuming most party guests won’t be wearing a collared shirt}.  to make one to add to your little guy’s wardrobe, there is a good velcro band tutorial here.

that was fun!  thanks for joining us!  feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below.

xo .  jane + rae

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  • Karie April 13, 2011 at 12:49 am

    You guys are fantastic!!!

  • jennifer griner April 13, 2011 at 4:58 am

    how about a shout out for those cutie pa-too-tee kiddos! i love the pics! (and the toot!)

  • Drelli April 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Tilly’s look is pretty much the c u t e s t thing ever!

  • Lolly Jane April 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Easter! I made the CUTEST bowtie for my little man to sport today at church- thank you for the tutorial! 🙂