Quick And Easy DIY Bow Tie Project
This bow tie tutorial will guide you from the beginning and help you create your own customized piece of neckwear
The history of bow ties dates back to the seventeenth century when they were first worn by Croatian mercenaries during Prussian wars and French dignitaries later on. Bow ties have lately evolved as an icon of style and have become the charm of every formal event whether it’s a wedding, ball or a high class dinner. If you’re tired of buying the same expensive, dull bow ties from the designer next door, this article would turn out to be in the best of your interest.
You’ve got millions of ways to show your creativity once you’re equipped with the ability to make your own bow tie from scratch. Whether you’re looking to make the perfect Father’s Day gift, add a touch of DIY flare to your groomsman party or showcase your sartorial edge with trendy patterns and colors, this bow tie tutorial will guide you from the beginning and help you create your own customized piece of neckwear. So let’s bring out your old sewing machine and activate the inner craftsman in you. I guarantee that it’s the easiest tutorial you’ll come across and the end results would be amazing. So without wasting any more time, let’s get started!
MATERIALS THAT YOU’LL NEED
SEWING MACHINE: Do not bother to buy one if you don’t have it in store already. You can easily get one from a rental shop nearby or may be from a sewing shop at rates as cheap as $10 - $20 per day.
IRONING BOARD: You’d definitely have one of this at home.
IRON: The iron that you use on your daily basis would be perfect for this job as well.
PELLON INTERFACING: One-fourth yard of pellon interfacing with iron-on backing would be required. Do not buy one that is too firm else the bow tie will not turn inside out and tying it would be another challenge.
BOW TIE PATTERN: The most important thing is the pattern which you’re going to follow to make your own customized bow tie. You can easily download whatever pattern you like from the internet. We have created a simple butterfly style bow tie here.
FABRIC: One-fourth yard of fabric would be required as well. The design of the fabric is the matter of personal preference and should coincide with the nature of the event you’re planning to wear it to. It’s best to opt for woven cotton if you’re a beginner because it’s less slippery and easy to manage. More experienced individuals can experiment with silk and microfibers.
SCISSORS: Make sure to get a sharp pair of scissors.
THREAD: The color of the thread should match the color of the fabric.
PINS: They’re compulsory as no sewing work is complete without their aid.
TWEEZERS: You’d need these little tools for smoothing out the imperfections.
ANY SHARP OBJECT: Any sharp, pointed object present in your kitchen can do the job.
Now that you’re well aware of all the required material, you can simply gather it at your workplace so we can get started. All you have to do is follow the steps in a synchronous fashion and you’ll end up doing just fine.
STEP 1: Printing the pattern
Print out the pattern of the bow tie that you’ve downloaded earlier. Make sure to avoid scaling the image before printing so it’s better to set your printer margins to 0. A thick paper or cardboard works best for the printing purpose. Cut out the pattern at your desired length. This length should correlate with the size of your neck/collar. To get the exact size of your collar, you may check the number on the label of your dress shirt. By the end of this step, you’ll have a single piece of cardboard, cut according to the pattern of your bow tie.
STEP 2: Cutting and Ironing
Make a mental note to iron your fabric before you start cutting it. This would smoothen out the wrinkles and help you while taking measurements. Wrinkles may cause air bubbles while applying the interfacing so it’s best to get rid of them in the start only. Now with the template of pattern in your hand, cut out four similar pieces from the fabric and two pieces from the interfacing. Put the two interfacing pieces on top of two fabric pieces and iron them together. To adhere the interfacing to the fabric firmly, you may use a damp cloth while ironing as mentioned on most interfacing packaging.
STEP 3: Sewing
At this step you’ll have four fabric pieces cut according to the pattern template. Two of them would be ironed to the interfacing while the other two would be without it. Take two matching pieces and sew the right sides together at the skinny ends, leaving one-fourth seam allowance. Repeat the same thing with the other remaining pair of fabric.
By this time you’ll have two long bow tie pieces. Pin them on top of each other with the back side facing up. Sew around the perimeter of the tie but make sure to leave one-fourth seam allowance. The point to note here is that a gap of three to four inches should be left open in the middle. This is done to allow turning the bow tie inside out once you’re finished.
STEP 4: Turning it inside-out
The big step is here now! But before proceeding to the turning phase, clip the corners of the tie to ensure that the points are sharp enough. The turning step is quite a tricky one and you’ve got to keep your hands both gentle and sturdy. You might need a blunt stick (for instance, a knife sharpener or a chopstick) to aid you in this step.
To turn the tie inside out, separate the material on one side by pinching at the end. With the help of the stick, push the ends through the gap left in the middle. Repeat the same procedure on the other end of the bow tie. Keep scrunching the fabric down the stick until you’re able to pull it all the way through from the middle. By the end of this step, you’ll be left with a wrinkly snake-looking blob that would be turned inside out. Don’t worry about the wrinkles because they’d fade away in a couple of minutes. With the help of tweezers, pull out all the little crevices from the fabric and then iron the fabric blob on high speed with a lot of steam to make the wrinkles vanish.
STEP 5: Minding the gap
This is the step where you’d sew the gap in the middle that you kept open to turn the bow tie inside out. To get the best results, first fold the edges one-quarter inch inwards and iron them flat. Then sew up the gap with a thread that matches the color of the fabric. You may close the gap entirely but it comes on the underside of the collar when you’re tying the bow tie so it’s not really necessary to sew it completely. It would stay hidden anyway.
STEP 6: Tie it on
Tie on your amazing masterpiece and admire your creativity in the mirror. You may learn the way of tying a bow tie by navigating through the other articles on this website.
After every use, it is advisable to iron your bow tie to get it nice and flat again. Besides, you may wash it whenever you want for it’ll come out perfect over and over. Thank God you don’t have to worry about ketchup stains or spilled wine anymore!
THE FINAL WORD ON THE MATTER
We hope you enjoyed the whole DIY project and the results pleased you. So whenever there’s a dress-up affair coming up and you want to look flattering for the night, here is the guide that will help you stand out from the crowd. Even more amazing is the fact that you’re at liberty to coordinate the design of your necktie with the outfit of your spouse. Romantic, isn’t?
Creating your own bow tie is not just a stylish practice but it’s cheaper too. Designer wears are a huge burden on the pocket, plus they’re difficult to manage, wash and take care of. Home-made bow ties are both manageable and cheap. So next time when you set your foot out to check the latest collection in a nearby store, recall the fact that you’re artistic enough to create your own classical bow tie. No more spending hundreds of dollars on Collared Greens and CCA Designs from now on. Happy saving!
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