Hey everyone! I hope that you are having a great weekend…. or a great long weekend for us Canadians! Even though every day is technically the weekend for me (I’m not working this summer) I still get super excited for the weekends because that means some much-needed time with my hubby. Ever since we demolished our garage he’s been working like crazy. So most nights/weekends he’s outside with power tools sweating in the hot sun. But this weekend he’s taking a break from it all. We got free tickets through his work to the big beach festival in town. Although it’s mostly young people who are there to party…… I still march my big prego bump through the gates of sweaty intoxicated people to enjoy the professional dirt bike competition during the day and the concerts at night. What can I say?! I can’t resist extreme sports, good music and those dang Mini Donuts.
Anyways, since it’s a cloudy day today, before I head outside to do some gardening and yardwork I thought I’d share the next DIY project from our nursery. DIY bow tie bunting! I was originally inspired by this picture I found online since we were decorating with grey and teal as well.
I fell in love with the idea of using bunting to add another pop of color to our room. Bunting is super trendy right now and I’m seeing it all over the place…. from showers to weddings to backyard parties and everywhere in between. But I knew I wanted something a little more masculine and unique so instead of the traditional triangle pieces I thought bow ties would be pretty darn cute! I love how it turned out and it was super easy. All you need is some fabric, a sewing machine (you could sew by hand) and some hot glue. Easy enough!! Here’s how to make your own personalized bow ties!
1. For each bow tie you will need two pieces of fabric. One cut 9 inches long by 5 inches wide and one smaller piece 2 inches by 2 inches.
2. Take the bigger piece of fabric, fold it in half and sew along one edge, right sides of fabric facing in. (I did a zig zag stitch as well because this teal fabric frayed soooo easy)
3. Turn the sewed piece of fabric right side out and iron. Then take the smaller piece of fabric and fold into thirds and iron flat as well.
These were my bow tie pieces all ready to be assembled.
5. Take the large piece of fabric and fold the ends together in the back and secure with a dab of hot glue.
5. Pinch the larger fabric in the middle and wrap around the smaller piece of fabric and secure the ends in the back with another dab of hot glue. (Depending on how tight you wrap the middle piece you may need to snip off any extra length. (I decided to mismatch my center colors so that’s why the middle piece is grey…. plus it’s easier to see in this tutorial)
Ta-da!!! Easy bow ties that even a novice sewer can make! This is what my finished bow ties looked like.
6. The last step was attaching the bow ties together with a simple hand stich to create a bunting chain. (I also sewed a loop of grey ribbon to the ends of my bunting to hang off my mirror)
Thats all!! I love how this bow tie bunting adds another personal touch and another pop of teal into our nursery. But don’t stop here! There are many uses for handmade bow ties besides decorating:
- make matching bow ties for baby and daddy to wear in pictures
- hot glue a bobby pin to the back of the bow tie to wear in your hair
- glue the bow tie to a boring old headband
- make a cute bow tie collar for your pet
- use on your table for a seating arrangement
- give away as a party favor at a baby shower
- glue several bow ties vertically to a painted canvas for bow tie art
- attach to a wooden stick for a photo prop
- attach a small bowtie to the back of your favorite pair of heels
- use as a personal touch to wrap a gift
- attach to a chain for a bow tie necklace
I hope you can find a use for these cute little bow ties and I would love to know what you created! Enjoy!
A woman may race to get a man a gift but it always ends in a tie. ~ Earl Wilson
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