June 3, 2017

Bow Tie

Made bow tie for Tim to attend a wedding.

This bow tie is made with simple construction compare to traditional bow tie. It's using elastic band as strap so it's easy to put over through your head and go under the collar.

With this simple bow tie you can use it as a bow tie, hair clip or pins!

Bowtie


Originally I was going to make fabric strap but made last minute change that using elastic band. It is a lot easy alternative to wear it around the collar.

Materials:
- Denim fabric
- Elastic band

Supply:
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing needle
- Thread
- Ruler/tape measure
- Piece of paper
- Sewing machine
- Iron

Bow tie measurement:
Bow: 3cm x 25cm
Bow knot: 1.5cm x 8cm

Bowtie: material



Step1: 
Use any piece of paper to decide the on bow size and use it as pattern tracer.
For bow, you need two of 3cm x 25cm
Bow knot one of 1.5cm x 8cm

Trace your pattern on fabric with chalk and decide how much excess fabric you need to stitch. (I left mine with 3/8).

Bowtie: prototype



Step 2:
With 2 pieces of 3cm x 25cm, put the front-side face together and use needles to pin together to secure for sewing.

Bowtie steps



Step 3:
When sewing, have about 5-7cm unstitched so you can flip it inside-out. Leave a mark so you don't accidentally stitch all the way.

Bowtie steps



Step 4:
After stitching around with a gap in the middle, cut the 4 corners and any excess fabric around it. This will help get cleaner fold when you flip it inside-out.

Bowtie steps



Step 5:
Flip the bow inside-out.

Bowtie steps



Step 6:
Use iron to get to get cleaner fold.

Bowtie steps



Step 7:
Stitch the gap to close.

Bowtie steps



Step 8:
Optional: Hem across the edge for decoration.

Bowtie steps



Step 9:
This is how bow will fold in final form. The ends of the bow should align with the loop of the bow.

Bowtie steps



Step 10:
Stitch across the fold to secure the shape.

Bowtie steps



Step 11:
The bow knot is folded twice. Use needle to secure the fold and hem the edges on both side.

Bowtie steps



Step 12:
When two pieces are ready to put together, wrap the knot around the bow and decide how tight you want the knot to wrap around the bow.

Bowtie steps



Step 13:
I went for looser wrap, just enough to see the bow folds. After that stitch the knot together.

Bowtie steps



For final finish, you can thread elastic band through the knot and decide how much elastic you need to wrap around the collar.

Bowtie steps

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