March’s Sewing Project- bow ties



For this month’s sewing project I made Brian bow ties from vintage fabric our friend gave me- from the same collection of fabric as this skirt.

The ties took a little bit of trial and error- I first tried the Martha Stewart template and tutorial and it didn’t really work out for me. I decided instead to just take a bow tie he already owns to make a template. I folded it in half, traced around it on large sketch paper, and added 1/4″ around all sides but the fold side. The I placed the template on the fold of the fabric and cut out two of these pieces. With right sides together, sew around the edge with a small 1/4″ seam, leaving about 2″ in the skinny area for flipping it inside out. Before turning it though, make sure you trim the edges, especially the corners and curves. Iron and stitch up the 2″ gap.

handmade bowtie sewing diy

Since these were part of my anniversary gift to him, I wrapped them in this vintage “Professional Wonder Pen” box, making sure to cover up the gunk with the ribbon (although I should’ve Goo Gone-d it, but I’m lazy…).

In the end these were pretty quick and easy, but I had to make a few dumb mistakes to work out the kinks. I’ve finally accepted that that’s the best way to learn ;)

If you are new to the blog, my goal for the year is to sew one wearable item a month to improve my sewing skills. You can see the past projects here & here.

Have you sewn anything recently, or seen a cool sewing project around? Leave a link! I would love some inspiration for future projects!

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7 Responses to March’s Sewing Project- bow ties

  1. Becca says:

    These are so cute! I’m so impressed by your monthly sewing projects. I haven’t sewn anything in ages. Clearly I need to get on that!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  2. char says:

    These look so cute!

  3. Ellie says:

    What an awesome goal. I’d like to take up sewing one day. These turned out so cute.

  4. Oh my goodness these turned out SO well I love them!! And your little box made it the perfect gift! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Catherine says:

    very cute! i think if my boyfriend ever let me make him something, it might be a skinny long tie. i might go ask him now…

  6. Crissy says:

    Those are pretty cute.. LOVE the fabrics and that box! :) I attempted a skirt a few months ago and it was a complete fail. I think I may have to do a similar goal!

  7. Laura says:

    These are great! I’ve been meaning to sew some bow ties for my boyfriend for quite a while now. You’re inspiring me to get going on it! xoxo

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