Friday, July 8, 2011

DIY baby bow tie from men's necktie

This Sunday Tate is being baptized (or as Marlie calls is baptamatized) at our church. We are having family over to our house for a little brunch afterward to celebrate. So you'd think that today I would be cleaning and getting ready for company, but instead I decided to make a bow tie for Tate's outfit because I'm just sort of nuts like that. His outfit needed a little something. I read some blogs on making a baby bow tie from fabric, but I wanted it to be real tie fabric. So I got a tie on clearance at JCPenneys and just kind of hoped I could figure it out. I thought I would be cutting big pieces of fabric out and ironing and sewing, but as I looked at it I realized maybe the easiest thing to do would be to use the skinny tail end of the tie. I took some pictures as I went in case it did turn out cute so I could show you how to do it. So, here we go...

1) Buy a men's tie you like. Please refrain from buying a psychedelic one or one with cartoon characters on it because well...they are ugly.



2) Cut a strip from the skinny side of the tie about 8 inches long.



3) Fold the piece in half with the back side (the side with the seam) facing out. Dust off the old sewing machine and sew together the two edges to create a loop.



4) Turn the loop right side out so the sewed seam is now on the inside.



5) Cute a small strip a few inches long from the back of the neck tie.



6) Turn the small strip inside out and sew the edges together. Then turn the fabric right side out. This isn't easy, use a pencil or scissors to help you turn it right side out. Then hand sew the loop in the middle to make the bow tie. Make sure it is tight enough.



7) Measure your little man's neck to see how much elastic to use. Then slide the elastic through the small loop and sew the edges together.



8) And finally, put it on your little man.



Doesn't Tate look dashing in his new bow tie? He did get a little cocky though. I peed my pants a little bit when I edited the pics and found this shot...



"Heelllloooo there. Yes, I'm kind of a big deal. I have many leather bound books."

Anyways, that's how you can make a baby bow tie from a regular necktie. Here are some similar tutorials for other ways to do it Here and HERE.

O.K., now I really do have to go clean. Have a good weekend!

14 comments:

JenHahn said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! So adorable. And you are a genius. And that last shot of Tate is hysterical. I love him!

Jamie said...

Brilliant! Seriously, how did you get the kid to raise his eyebrow like that??? cute overload!

Carey said...

He is ADORABLE! Love the pictures :) Happy Baptism Day!

Katie said...

Can't wait to see him in this on Sunday! Russ thinks he needs a pipe in his hand for that last pic. Photoshop?

Beth said...

You are my crafting hero. And Tate in that bow tie is just. too. much.

Molly said...

LOVE IT!!

Kristen said...

Very cute and creative!!!

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Anonymous said...

Here is a tip for the future: if you sew a piece of heavy string to the 'front side of loop end' before you sew the loop seam, then you can just pull the string through and turn it inside out quick and easy! Thanks for the tutorial, it only took me about 30 minutes to whip 3 bow ties out of one tie! =)

jamesmortonties said...

Nice looking necktie and it looks good around the kids neck. Doing innovations on ties plus a little creativity will make make your old ties look brand new...

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Sweet Pea Cakes said...

This is awesome!!!!!! Thank you!!! I am totally addicted to bow ties for my new little man! And the pics of Tate are awesome, the last one is hilarious!! Almost as hilarious as your comments :-)

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Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic tutorial. I have just made three pairs for my children to wear at my sister's wedding and they looked so cute and gorgeous.

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