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One of the hardest things about having three boys is that I can't make them things to wear. Even if I did sew, a shirt for a boy is not nearly as cute as a dress for a little girl. I love all the headbands that everyone makes but I think that it would be frowned upon if I put them in my boys' hair :). Anyway, when I saw how easy it is to make bow ties out of ribbon, I was SUPER excited. I made three in one night! This is perfect because I have a ton of ribbon that I never use, so it was just great. It took a matter of minutes to make them.
Here are the directions to make a ribbon bow tie.
1) Using a thicker ribbon, mine is 1 1/2", cut two pieces, one 8 inches, one 2 inches. You can adjust the length if you want to make one for an infant or an older boy
2) Fold the longer ribbon, so that the end meet in the middle. Over lap the ribbon about 1/4" and then sew through all three layers with a needle and thread. You will be using the needle and thread through out the whole process.
3) Take the shorter piece and fold the sides in and overlap them in the back.
4) Making sure the overlap of the ribbon is facing the bow tie, wrap around larger piece and sew the two end together.
5) Using a smaller piece of ribbon 1" or less, measure the neck (with the collar) . I sewed the ribbon onto the bow tie. Sew or hot glue velcro on both sides of the ribbon.
My boys LOVE them. My oldest two have been wearing them non stop. They like to put them on and pretend that they are going to work. They even put them on while they were wearing Star Wars costumes (they are silly boys!).
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