Wedding DIY: How To Make A No Sew Polka Dot Bow Tie
Aren’t bow ties the cutest? I’m pretty sure adding a bow tie to any outfit whether you’re male or female adds an instant uplift of sweetness! Especially when that bow tie is polka dot! Am I right?! Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret…as much as I love crafting and creating things, I absolutely suck at sewing. No joke. I’m terrible. To give myself a little credit I’ve actually never attended a proper sewing class or anything but then I’m also pretty sure that most people who can sew, even basic sewing, didn’t do that either! Which is exactly why I created a ‘no sew’ DIY bow tie! I love this little thing and it cost me just under a fiver!! The material was £3 from Hobby craft and the velcro was 99p! Chuck in the glue and voila, that’s all the expense there is!
Not only are these obviously good to make for your groom or groomsmen on your wedding day but I also think they’d make a pretty awesome Christmas present too! Ready to get started?
You will need: ♥ Material (I bought a quarter of a meter because that’s the smallest amount I could buy and I seriously had LOADS left over) ♥ Velcro ♥ Fabric Glue or All Purpose Glue ♥ Scissors ♥ An Iron
Step 1: Cut two square pieces of fabric, one roughly 5 inches by 5 inches and the other 4 and half inches by 4 and a half inches. Of course if you want to make a smaller or bigger bow tie adjust to the size you desire!
Step 2: Get out your iron and fold over the sides of the fabric by about half an inch then iron in place. Do this with both squares of fabric.
Step 3: Using your glue stick down all of the ironed sides! Be careful not to put too much glue on though because there’s a risk it might seep through and show on the other side of the material!
Step 4: Place the two pieces of fabric on top of one another.
Step 5: Pinch in the middle ensuring that the fabric creates three small little creases on either side of the bow. Add some glue in the pinched areas and hold until the glue has set.
Step 6: Now for the middle part of the bow, cut a small strip of fabric about 2 – 3 inches long and 1-2 inches thick then iron and glue the sides as instructed before. Place to one side to leave the glue to dry.
Step 7: Cut another piece of fabric to create the actual part of the tie that will wrap around the collar, you’ll want to cut it 20 inches long and 3 inches wide. Repeat the ironing and gluing process around the edges then fold the piece in half and glue together again!
Step 8: Once the glue has dried on your center piece, wrap the small piece of fabric around the middle of the bow and glue the two ends together.
Step 9: Add some glue to the back of your bow tie and place it in the center of the neck piece you just created. Leave to dry and then cut your velcrow about 4/5 inches long and again, glue in place! Remember to add one piece of velcrow on the front of one strap and the back of the other strap!
Job done! How easy was that?! I’m totally feeling the need to make loads of these for the guys in the family for Christmas presents! Think of all the possibilities of bow ties with all the different fabrics out there! Paisley, floral, tweed, eek! Excited!
If you make one of these beauties then make sure you send us a photo to let us know how you got on!
Happy crafting! Ooh and Happy Bonfire Night for that matter! I’m off to watch a firework display at James’ grandparents this evening, really getting into the Autumn spirit! Yay!
Much Bespoke Love