Hello Between U & Me readers! I am so excited to be here! I am Ange from Decorating the Dorchester Way and this is my first ever guest post! Thanks Courtney for giving me this opportunity!
I started Decorating the Dorchester Way last year after quitting my marketing / social media / event planning job to stay at home with my now 2 year old Little Man! I LOVE LOVE LOVE being home with my son, but I also am excited to have my blog because it allows me to be creative.
On my blog I share craft projects, DIY and decorating ideas. Two of my favorite Little Man projects are the Dr. Seuss Bathroom I painted and his nursery! I recently got a sewing machine and am really enjoying sewing for my Little Man!
Today I am sharing how to make cute little bow ties! First, I cut a 3.5in x 6in scrap of fabric. I then attached it to some fusible interface. Follow the directions on the package!! (I quickly learned I needed to use a cloth between the fusible interfacing and the iron, but it all turned out!)
Now to assemble the bow tie, first fold the long way so the corners meet in the middle as shown below. (This fold does not have to be precise, just eye-ball the middle.) Then for the short fold I used a ruler to make sure my fold met at the 3 inch mark. This fold is a bit more important since it is what you will see on the front of the bow tie.
Then I sewed a zig zag stitch down the middle of the entire thing (through all layers). I then cut the piece for the middle of my bow tie. (In the picture there are 2 pieces showing, I made 2 bow ties at the same time, but you only need one piece!) I cut my piece about an inch wide and the length is not important as long as there is enough length to go around your bow tie. At this point I was feeling slightly lazy so I just ironed my edges back so my piece was about .5 inches wide.
Now to create a bow tie shape! First grab your fabric from the bottom with your thumb and bend a 1/4 of the fabric back, then bend with your fingers a 1/4 of the fabric to the front, then the next 1/4 to the back again and the last 1/4 bends to the front. From the side it would look like an accordion divided into 4 pieces. Play with the bends until you have the look you like! When I had the shape I liked, I wrapped the middle piece around the center and add a few hand stitches to hold it all together!