This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Read on to see how I joined forces with Cricut + Simplicity to sew a Boy’s Bow Tie Pattern!
What is it about a boy in a bow tie? I don’t get to sew for my boys as often as I used to (I just can’t handle seeing holes in handmade pant knees), so today’s project was extra fun for me. I used Cricut + Simplicity’s Boy’s Bow Tie Pattern to create the perfect floral bow tie for Weston, and after dreaming up this photo shoot, bribed him just enough to go along with it. Read on for all the details and to learn how to sew a bow tie for your own boys!
I’ve made countless boy ties for my boys over the years (for a blast from the past you can see the first ones I ever made here when my boys were so little and my blog was so new!), and am so glad that they’ll still wear them. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to sew a bow tie, this post is for you!
Paired with a Schoolboy Vest or a suit jacket, I love that bow ties are easy for little guys to wear and they are just so darn cute!
This is my second project with Cricut + Simplicity, and it’s been really fun to see how well the two work together. To be able to complete a sewing project without having to cut the fabric out myself feels like a guilty pleasure, but I think my favorite part about it is how exact each piece is cut and marked. The interfacing and fabric pieces are a perfect match, the markings are marked (using the washable fabric pen) by the machine perfectly, and this of course means that the pieces all go together perfectly as well!
This project came together quickly from start to finish, and it’s my new favorite scrap buster!
Removing the possibility of cutting/marking errors or inconsistencies is such an amazing concept! Whether it’s used to help streamline your sewing business, help with saving cutting space, or teaching kids to sew, Cricut + Simplicity really have created a fun new dimension of sewing that we’ve never had before!
There are a ton of Simplicity patterns available on Cricut Design Space, and all you simply have to do is find the one you want, and then follow the instructions to cut your project out. Each project also comes with pdf instructions for the construction, and today I’m sharing a photo tutorial to teach you how to sew a bow tie!
Boy’s Bow Tie Pattern
*Seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise noted.*
Open Boy’s Bow Tie Pattern in Cricut Design Space and follow instructions to pre-cut fabric and interfacing. Load the washable fabric pen into the machine and the rotary blade. Click “Make It” and load/cut each fabric/mat as instructed. The rotary blade cut my materials beautifully!
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse interfacing to bow pieces.
How to Sew a Bow Tie
Fold each bow piece in half RST, matching notches. Stitch along notched edge, leaving opening at center for turning. Trim seam allowance and press open.
Fold each bow piece in half with seam in the center. Stitch along top and bottom edges. Trim corners.
Turn each bow right side out and press flat. Stitch openings closed with invisible stitch such as a ladder stitch. When you learn how to sew a bow tie the correct way, there will normally be at least a little hand sewing involved.
Fold knot piece in half RST, matching notches. Stitch along notched edge. Trim corners.
Use safety pin to turn knot piece right side out. Press flat with seam in center. Press on end of knot piece 1/4″ toward wrong side.
Place bows together (underside facing up) and wrap knot piece around bow center. Be sure center of bow is evenly folded like a fan. Tuck unpressed knot piece end into pressed end and slipstitch together. Tack knot to bow at each corner (be sure to leave center open so band can be inserted later).
Fold band in half lengthwise, RST, and stitch along raw edges. Trim seam allowance and use safety pin to turn band right side out. Press flat.
Use safety pin to guide band under knot on stitched side. Insert one end of band around middle bar of slider. Insert band through hook of clip as pictured, then thread through middle bar of slider. Fold end under 1/4″ and stitch to band.
Insert remaining band end through eye of clip, fold end under 1/4″, and stitch end to band.
You’ve now completed this boy’s bow tie pattern, great job! Now that you’ve learned how to sew a bow tie, grab more of your favorite fabrics and make a few more!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.