I recently had to come up with a crafty Christmas idea that I could demonstrate at the Wagga Wagga Spotlight store. Once a year they have local makers demonstrate in the fabric department, and this year it was my chance. So in a moment of inspiration I came up with the Christmas Bow Tie as an alternative to the usual party hats. I had the choice of all their Christmas prints and I selected four different prints in a red and white theme.
List of fabric and trims:
Copy the measurements from the above image and draw up your pattern pieces for the bow tie pattern. I've included small seam allowances of 7-10mm (¼-⅜") on all pattern pieces. When you lay them on the cloth you'll see that you can easily duplicate the cut for a second bow tie without wasting too much fabric.
- .25m of fabric will make 4 bow ties.
- thread to match.
- press studs for the tie ends.
- needle for stitching on the press studs.
- If your fabric is light you may want to use fusible interlining to make it heavier.
This bow tie has three separate pieces - the bow, the band, and the tie. They are all sewn up separately then assembled to make the complete bow tie.
To make up the Bow;
- Fold the bow piece in half, with right sides together, and stitch along the long edge, leaving a 5cm (2") gap in the centre of the seam.
- Press this seam open and make sure it's in the middle of the bow.
- Stitch the open ends of the bow closed at 1cm (⅜").
- Turn the bow through to the right side and hand stitch the opening together to finish.
To make up the Band:
- Fold the band piece in half, along the longer edge, and stitch 1cm (⅜").
- Press the seam open, then turn the band through so the right side of the fabric is on the outside.
- Stitch the open ends together with a 1cm (⅜") seam allowance.
- Turn through so the seam is on the inside.
- Push the bow piece through the band piece until it is exactly in the centre.
- You can tack these two pieces together at the back to prevent them shifting.
To make up the Tie:
- Press the long edges of the tie toward the centre by 1cm (⅜") on both long sides.
- Turn the short ends in by 1cm (⅜") and press.
- Edge stitch along the ends and length of the tie.
- Slip the tie through the back of the band and secure with a back tack.
- Add 2-3 press studs to the ends of the tie for adjustable fittings.
If not everyone around your Christmas table is happy to wear a bow tie, it would be very easy to slip the bow onto a hair band and treat as a hair decoration. Let me know if you have any questions about this crafty Christmas idea.
I'd like to wish all my fabulous blog followers a wonderful festive break and I look forward to catching up with you all in the new year. :)