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DIY Bow Tie

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 by in DIY on the Fly | 0 comments

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I have a thing for bow ties! They look so cute on little boys! I don’t know how many dressy events we will have in the near future, so why not snazz it up on Easter? Here is a step-by-step guide to making a bow tie. Enjoy!

SUPPLIES:

Old T-Shirt
Headband (You can substitute with stretchy ribbon)
Scissors
String
Hot Glue
Glue Gun

Start by cutting an old t-shirt at 1/2 inch above the hemline. Depending on the size of your child, you will need to cut 3 to 4 inch of fabric for the length.
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Hot glue along the length of the side of the fabric that is not hemmed. Take your time to make a straight edge.
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Next, you want to make a seam with the fabric ends. Making sure the hot glued side of the fabric is facing up towards you, fold 1/8 inch of one end up towards you and add a few drops of hot glue. Take 1/8 inch of the other end and press them together. The pressed ends should be pointing up towards you.
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Turn the fabric inside out so it looks seamless. Cut a 6 inch strand of string and tie it around the center of the fabric to create a bow.
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Cut a small strip of hemmed fabric to cover the string. Hot glue the side of fabric that is not hemmed. With hemmed side down, wrap around the center of the bow. Hot glue the ends on top of one another to secure the bow tie. Make sure the ends are hidden on the backside of the bow tie.
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Cut the bow off of your headband. If you do not have any spare headbands lying around, you can use Simplicity stretch ribbon. I bought a huge bag of headbands for $2.00 at a consignment shop to use for different projects and diaper cakes.
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Line the headband seam up with the back center of your bow tie and hot glue together. Slip the bow tie over your little one and you are ready for a night on the town! I chose to use a headband instead of a ribbon with Velcro because my son likes to take things off and I didn’t want him to choke, hurt himself, or remove the bow tie and loose it.
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