Dresses from Shabby Apple

Friday, April 6, 2012

DIY Bow Tie Tutorial

About a week ago I decided to make bow ties for my dog and cats for Easter this year.

They turned out really cute, and they were super easy to make!
This was actually my first EVER sewing attempt, and I'm proud to say that I made it through :)

So I thought I'd share with you how to make your own bow ties for your human or fur babies!

Here's what you'll need:

1. Two 3" x 10" pieces of solid color/patterned fabric.  This will be the actual bow tie.

2. One 2.5" x 4" piece of matching solid color/patterned fabric.

3. One 3" x 10" piece of felt.

4. One pice of 3" x _ _ " piece of matching solid color/patterned fabric OR white fabric
I chose white fabric.
This will be the neck strap, and I will tell you how to measure this in a minute.

5. Piece of 1" x 1" square of velcro.

To get the measurement for the length of the neck strap:
-If you are making this bow tie for a child, they need to be wearing the shirt that they will wear the bow tie with.  Raise the collar and measure around the neck.
-If you are making this bow tie for a dog, simply measure them around the neck, or measure the length of the collar.
(so if you measured your child's neck at 13", the fabric needs to be 3" x 15")

Take the two pieces of 3" x 10" fabric and place them "right" sides together.  Place them on top of the piece of 3" x 10" felt.
(The "right" side refers to the side that you would consider the front of the fabric.)

Sew around a 1/4" seam around the entire rectangle of fabric, leaving a gap about 2" wide at one end.
(The gap is indicated with the arrow.)
Trim corners.

At the gap, start to turn the fabric inside out.  Be sure you are turning between the two pieces of fabric so that the felt ends up on the inside between the two pieces of fabric.
I used scissors for this.
Now your rectangle will be right side out with the "right side of the fabric showing on either side.

Tucking in the unfinished edge, bring both ends together and sew them together in the middle.
I used a zig-zag stitch for this.

With the zig-zag portion you just sewed facing out, fold the rectangle in half long ways like the two pictures above show.

Sew an inch long seam about a 1/2" from the edge going through all the layers where the arrow is pointing.
This seam is running from my index finger to my thumb and crosses over the zig-zag stitch.
You may have to hand sew this.
This is to help hold the bow tie together before adding the middle strip of fabric.

When you get done, it should look like this.

Next, take your piece of fabric measuring 2.5" x 4" and fold it in half long ways so that the wrong side is showing and the right side in inside.
Sew a 1/4" seam down the length of the two free edges.

Turn the piece of fabric inside out so that the right side is on the outside again.

Squeeze the top and the bottom of the bow together to make your creases.
Then wrap the little piece of fabric you just sewed around the middle of the bow tie.
Hand sew the two free ends together in the back, making sure to tuck under the frayed ends.

Make your neck strap the same way as you did the little piece of fabric for the center of the bow tie.
Turn right side out.
Use your scissors to guide the neck strap through the middle of the bow tie.

Sew the pieces of velcro onto either end of the neck strap tucking under the frayed ends before you sew.
Make sure that the pieces of velcro are on opposite sides of the neck strap so they will fasten.
In my pictures, the hook and loop part is on the bottom side of the neck strap and the fuzzy part is on the top side of the neck strap.

And there you have it!
Cute bow ties for every occasion for children and dogs alike!

You do not need a sewing machine in order to make these.
In fact, the very first one I made I hand sewed.
Of course, the sewing machine makes it go faster, but it's not a hard or long project without it.

I used satin fabric, but you can use any kind you want.

Let me know if you have any questions, and let me know if you make any!

Happy crafting :)

This tutorial was adapted from the tutorial seen HERE.

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