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Easy Bow Tie Tutorial

Every now and then I like to mix it up a little bit and make something for little boys instead of girlie things (like these onesies)!  I love bows and was asked to make a few
bow ties for my cute little nephews.  This is an easy bow tie tutorial.

This tutorial is easy.  I, being a simple sewer, can do it – so you can too!  I made these for my new little nephew and his older brother.  This size fit them well, they are two months old and two years old.

What you will need is a small piece of fabric (I got a fat quarter), a sheet of felt, your sewing machine, and alligator clip or velcro.


Cut a 5″x8″ piece from the fabric and fold in half long ways with the right sides touching.  Stitch along the side and then turn right-side-out and press it down with the seem in the middle with your iron.
I cut a piece of felt the same length and width as my newly made ‘tube’.  Stuff the felt down in the tube until it matches up evenly with the top and bottom. This is to make the bow tie more sturdy and thick.

Take your tube and fold it in half with the right sides touching so you have a bracelet-like object.  Stitch the meeting sides together and then turn right side out and press.
To fold into a bow just fold in half with right sides touching, then fold the other sides down.

Here is where you make the little piece that goes in the middle of the bow and holds it together.  Cut a 2″ strip from your fabric and fold right sides together.  Stitch down the side and then turn right-side-out and press with iron.

Wrap it around your folded bow and run under the sewing machine.  You want it to be as tight as you can around your bow.  Then cut off any access fabric.

Attaching your bow tie to your actual boy can be personal preference.  I don’t have any boys in my home but have heard that the younger babies seem to do better with clip-on bow ties and older boys are better off with a bow tie on a band around the neck.  Here, I am showing a band I made with the extra fabric and attached velcro at both ends to keep it on. 
There are many ways you can do this.  My cute nephews are sporting these cute bow ties around and they look so cute in them!

To check out my other bow projects click below:

http://www.pinterest.com/kami_watson/sweet-charli-sewing/

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