Stylish Scraps: DIY Fixed-length Bowtie

DIY bowtie
I got a little crazy over spring break with sewing projects (sometimes, a girl really needs a break from writing an eighty page academic paper). About halfway through the week I decided that I deserved a break from writing so I went to Joann Fabrics to pick up a simple chiffon for a circle skirt. A trip to Joann’s, however, is never that simple for me. Needless to say, I left with three other fabrics and the patterns to make two different tops. Also, many, many dreams for their new “High Hamptons” collection. Trust me guys, it will be like Revenge, but without all the subtle innuendos and even more nautical prints.

DIY bowtie
Anyway, one of the fabrics I picked up was the amazingly adorable slightly stretchy bubblegum pink cotton printed with little white bicycles (don’t say I didn’t warn you about my novelty print obsession). After several hours slaving over the library table, I completed a very cute peplum top featuring the fabric. When I was done sewing, however, I realized that I had a significant amount of fabric left over, and I love this fabric. I couldn’t just throw it away. I couldn’t – so I came up with the idea to make a matching bowtie for Lucas.

DIY bowtie
I wanted this to be a simple project, so I decided to make the bowtie fixed-length instead of adjustable. I used one of Lucas’ other (fitted) bowties to trace out a pattern. It’s actually a very simple process.

  1. Fold your material in half and trace out the outline of the bowtie, making sure to add room all around it for the seams.
  2. Cut out the bowtie. Compare the two sides to make sure that they are about even.
  3. Placing the printed sides together (wrong sides outward), pin the bowtie together.
  4. Sew around the perimeter of the bowtie, leaving an unsewn section somewhere in the middle (this is where you’ll be turning it right-side out and sewing it shut, i.e. you don’t want it too visible).
  5. Turn the bowtie right-side out. This part can be annoying and tedious. I suggest turning on one of your favorite TV shows while doing this (Revenge, anyone?). Also, use tweezers to grab the inside fabric and pull it out.
  6. Iron your bowtie flat, making sure that all the seams have been fully extended.
  7. Sew the hole closed.

That’s it. It took me less than an hour, and I think it turned out really cute.

DIY bowtie
Aren’t these flowering trees gorgeous? I can’t help but take a million photos with them. I’m so excited for all the flowers that are blooming around me. It actually makes all the rain we’ve been having seem worth it.

DIY bowtie
I love being able to use up all of the fabric I bought (especially when it’s this cute). I’m currently trying to think of other ways to use excess fabric, especially in ways that I would use and treasure. Do you have any small projects you like to make?

DIY bowtie