We clean up nicely. (When we do.) And for occasions that call for us to polish our muck boots, we often choose bow ties to match.
Designer Chris Wrobleski gives us step-by-step instructions on how to make your own beautiful bows. It’s easier than you think. Use these always-tied bows as bow ties, or use the same steps to make a hair ribbon or necklace.
Here’s what you’ll need
Fabric (a fat quarter is plenty)–you can use old shirts, old ties, etc
Bow Tie Clip
Sewing needle and pins
1 yard of Ribbon (if making hair bow)
Pen or pencil for tracing
Step by step instructions for making your own bow tie
Step 1: Make/Trace your pattern Draw your bow shape on a piece of paper. You can make it as narrow or as wide as you would like. Mine was about 3.5″ by 4.5″. On a double layer of fabric (right sides facing in), trace your pattern. Pin the two layers together, and cut it out. Repeat this so can have two layers for a thicker bow (if you are making a hair bow, you can just do one layer for a flatter bow).
Stem 2: Sew layers together. Sew around the outer edge leaving about a 1″ opening in the middle of one side so you can turn the bow right-side out. (The middle is where the knot will overlap) This can be done on a machine or by hand.
Step 3: Turn the bows right-side out. This can usually be done with your fingers, but sometimes a chopstick or other pointy object may be necessary for the corners. You can loop stitch the holes closed if they are visible.
Step 4: Insert the clip. * First cut two 1/4 inch slits about an inch apart in the middle of one layer of the bow. Open the clip (two little arms open away from clip) – these little arms get inserted into the bow. Once they are inside, close the clip again so the bow is flat. (*If you just want to make a hair bow, this step can be skipped)
Step 5: Sewing on the knot. Cut a 2″x3″ piece of fabric, and do a tri-fold lengthwise to hide the edges. Stack the two layers for your bow and pinch the bow in the middle, and wrap the “knot” around the front of the bow so the ends are on the clip side. Trim the knot ends so they just meet at the back the clip. Stitch the ends together.
Step 6: Attaching to a ribbon (for a hair bow) Select a ribbon (I’m using white so you can see the steps). Cut two 1/4″ slits in the middle of the ribbon about 2″ apart. Open the clip by folding the bow in half (forward, away from the clip). Insert each end of the clip into the ribbon slits, and close the clip (fold bow flat). Stitch the ribbon to the back of the bow.
The finished product
Chris named his company Boutaugh after his grandfather, who first inspired his love of the dapper.
Visit his website to learn more about his custom designs.