To get started you will need:
- Fabric, 1 yard will be way more than enough.
- *Fusible interfacing, again 1 yard is way more than enough.
- Color-coordinated thread
- Sewing machine
- Cutting tool, such as a circle cutter or scissors
- Paper and pen to draw your pattern
*Interfacing is usually available at any store in which you can purchase fabric. It varies in type and thickness, the type used in this tutorial is a fusible (it can be ironed on) type and relatively thin. The interfacing is used to provide extra support and keeps the bow from being floppy or saggy.
Step 1: Make Your Pattern.
2. Use your scissors to cut your pattern pieces out.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Fabric Pieces.
4. Pin small pattern to fabric and cut one piece.
5. Pin large pattern to interfacing and cut one piece; once you have cut this out trim a little off the edges to make it slightly smaller than the large fabric pieces.
You will end up with four pieces total!
Step 3: Iron
7. Iron all pieces flat.
Step 4: Sew Main Bow Piece
9. Starting off center on one of the two longer sides begin sewing all the way around the outer edge with a small seam allowance. When you come back around to the starting side stop sewing before you reach your beginning point. The goal is to leave a small open area for turning your bow inside out. The finished example of this can be seen in the last two pictures, make sure you check them out to see clearly what I mean.
Step 5: Finishing Main Bow Piece
11. Turn that rectangle inside out. I used a pen to run along the edges and poke into the corners to make sure everything fully turned out.
12. Iron the rectangle to make sure everything is nice and smooth. Make sure you carefully fold the unsewn opening inwards and iron it crisp. You can choose to do a few quick stitches by hand to close this gap although I usually leave it open because the bow centerpiece covers it nicely.
(Optional Step): You can choose to leave this rectangle as is, or you can do a finishing stitch around the outer edge. It's simply an extra little detail and isn't necessary for the overall structure of the bowtie. If you choose to do the finishing edge simply start in one corner and carefully stitch all the way around until you reach your starting point again.
Step 6: Sewing and Finishing Small Bow Piece
14. Turn the newly formed tube inside out.
15. At this point I wrap this little piece of fabric around the larger rectangle (scrunched in the center to simulate the finished bow shape) to see just how long I need to make the center piece. Once you have determined the appropriate length, fold the fabric over at the determined appropriate point (length-wise). Make sure you fold so the first seam that was sewn on this piece is facing out! Sew the edges together.
16. Trim off the excess fabric and flip the small tube inside out.
Step 7: Putting the Pieces Together
18. Move the center to the appropriate place and play around a bit to get the bow shaped to your liking. Congratulations, you've completed your bow!
Step 8: Enjoy!
All photos taken by me. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave me a comment!