Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Button Down Rehab Day 3: Little Guy Bow Tie

Welcome to day 3 of Button Down Rehab!

Yesterday, I showed you how to use a button down shirt to make a vest for your little guy. Today, I wanted to show you a really easy way to use scraps from that shirt to make a matching bow tie to go along with it!

  • Scraps from a button down shirt (or any cotton fabric really)
  • Fusible webbing
  • Glue gun
  • Iron
  • Rotary cutter and mat or scissors and ruler

Step 1: Cut out your bow pieces.

You want to cut out a piece of fusible webbing 1/2 inch or so larger than what you want your final bow size to be. I wanted my bow to be 2 inches tall and 3 inches wide, so my fusible webbing was 2 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches wide.

Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron your fusible webbing onto the wrong side of your fabric. Keep the paper on for now.

Trim around your fabric to cut out your piece. Using a rotary cutter and mat, or a ruler and scissors, trim your piece to the size you want it (and keep the scraps). Cut another piece of fabric the same size as your piece with the fusible webbing on it (if your fabric has a pattern, make sure it's going the same direction on both pieces!)

Step 2: Join your pieces together.

With the right sides together, pin your 2 pieces to each other.

Sew all the way around, leaving an opening on the bottom for turning. Carefully remove the paper on the side with your fusible webbing on it, and turn your bow inside out through the opening you left, making sure to use a chopstick or something similar to push out your corners.

For your opening, tuck any raw edges inside so it's flush with the rest of your fabric. Use an iron to press your bow flat. The webbing will join both sides of your bow. Use a smidge (yes, that is a scientific measurement) of hot glue to glue the opening closed.

Step 3: Make your tube.

From the scraps with the interfacing on them that you saved, cut a small rectangle which will be the center of your bow. Make sure it's large enough to fit your bow through (mine was about 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide).

With the right sides together, fold your bow in half and stitch a straight line from top to bottom to make a loop. Turn your loop right side out.

Fold your bow like an accordion (4 folds or so).

Slip the loop over your bow, and there you have it!

To attach your bow, you could always make a loop of elastic the length that you need and slip it through the loop of your bow. Since my little guy is so small, I didn't want anything around his neck (plus if we're going to be honest, I didn't have a collared shirt for him to wear :)

I bought a package of diaper pins at Wal Mart and used one to pin it on the inside to his onesie. You could always use safety pins too, but I didn't want there to be a chance of one popping open accidentally.

 Connor likes to wear his bow ties to important social events and parties, although he's not a very good guest. He mostly ignores everyone, eats everything he can, then falls asleep.

When he's not out partying until 7:00 PM, he dresses up his outfit on on business casual day at the office while enjoying his morning cup of warm milk.

We're working on the whole "professional dress" thing. Good thing we have a few years.


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  1. Cute, Jen! The black tie looks perfect with the vest.

  2. I love a bow tie on a little guy! Cute, cute!

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  4. Adorable! The tie is cute too. ;)

  5. Your little guy is soooo handsome!! :) What a cutie. I love the bow tie! Thanks so much for linking this up to Think Pink Sundays too! ;)

  6. awwww, how presh!!!! I don't have little yet, but if I end up with a boy, he will totally wear little bow ties and neck ties everyday! :)


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