Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Ribbon Bow Tie







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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33 comments:

  1. oh wow this is adorable!
    we are adopting and of course i dont know if we will get the blessing of a boy or girl... of course there are so many girl crafts and such and i am always looking for boy goodies too!
    thank you so much for this tutorial it is going into my very limited but growing boy ideas!
    many blessings

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  2. That is so cute. I think i might even be able to manage making something like that. Thanks so much Kaysi.

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  3. Those are so cute! If I had boys I would be making some of those!

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  4. I love this! Now if I just had a little boy... :)

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  5. Love these! I just learned how to make my 2-year-old little guy some ties....now I'm going to have to try these!

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  6. Wow those look simple enough for me to do....thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  7. Cute! I'm glad there's something cute to make for boys too!

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  8. I love this, I will have to make my nephew's some. what a great job you did, thanks for sharing.
    Cha Cha

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  9. too bad my boys too old. so cute.

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  10. I don't have a boy, but if i did--he'd be wearing one of these for sure. Adorable!

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  11. That is so CUTE!! What an adorable little guy you have. It is hard finding things to make for boys. This is just perfectly cute! Thanks for linking!!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

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  12. I'm just echoing what everyone else said - super cute, and how fun to find something for a little boy! My hubs is a huge fan of bow ties, so if we're blessed with a little man, I'll be making these for sure. I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is so cute and the baby is even cuter.

    Cheri

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  14. Oh my word those are adorable!

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  15. Oh how cute! Your little man is so handsome in his bow tie. Great work!

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  16. Oh my goodness! I have to try this for my little guy! It is so cute!!

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  17. Really cute. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  18. Umm those are perfection! I will be making these for the next few weeks non-stop! I LOVE YOU! Thanks SO much for sharing!
    -Tiff

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  19. aww this is too cute thanks for the tutorial

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  20. Found you through 'Making the WOrld Cuter' and I'm so glad I did! My husband always talks about when we have kids, dressing our boys like this... He will LOVE this idea :) Thanks!

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  21. I would just like to eat him up lookin' so handsome with his ribbon tie :)

    Very cute!

    Glad you could Mi4M :)

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  22. Thank you for sharing at Thursday's Treasures!

    Come share again this week!

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  23. Oh.my.goodness! I LOVE THAT! :) My son will never be without a tie or bow tie again! :)

    THanks for linking up today.

    Kim
    seven thirty three - - - a creative blog

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  24. I just found your blog through a google search of how to sew a childs tie; LOVE THIS! It's so great. I only have boys and now I have a fun reason to buy cute ribbon!

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  25. So excited to do this for my son's first birthday!!!!

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  26. You saved my life! I needed to make quick and simple bowties and these are just that! Plus they look adorable. Thank you for your tutorial! :)

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  27. Wow that was so easy! I'm gonna make some bow ties for my nephews.

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  28. So cute..:)
    It is looking so easy to make.I think within 30 minutes i can make bow ties, slim ties for my own.
    Thanks for sharing dear.

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  29. Thanks so much for these super-easy bow tie directions, Kaysi! I need to make 4 bow ties for my daughter's first grade play next week, and these are just the thing to keep me sane since I still have to sew and craft some other items for the play.

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  30. Wow! You are a lifesaver! I don't have kids, but I do have a photography project due very, very soon. The subject? My cat, who needed a bow-tie (don't ask, we artists are strange creatures...)! I was without money (still am), without transportation (still am), and without any sort of formal wear for Orion. But then you saved the day! He looks utterly dapper in his fancy neckwear and I just know this photoshoot is going to be perfect! :D THANK YOU!

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