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bow tie tutorial

i loved making these fun little treats for all the guests at our preppy little man shower!

i totally stole the idea from courtney, but she’ll forgive me – we’re family ;)

i was so happy with how easily these bow ties came together.  i just grabbed some scraps from my pile and started playing – the first piece i used  was the right size – love that!  you can change the dimensions based on the size you want your bow ties to end up, but mine was about 4 1/2″ x 11″.  in hindsight, i’d go back and make them a little shorter – maybe 4 1/2 x 9, just to make the ties “chubbier” and not so long and skinny.

i eyeballed everything for this, so no more measurements will be given – sorry!  i just folded the strip lengthwise in thirds and pressed it flat.

see?  easy.

then fold one side in towards the middle and press

then the other side as well.  at this point i should’ve added a dab of hot glue in between the layers.  but i didn’t.  but you should.

then set this aside.

next i got another little scrap, about 4 1/2″ x 2″

and folded it in thirds like i did with the first strip, and pressed it flat

just a tinier version

i had to fiddle with this part a few times, but finally figured out the right “pinch” so all the little folds looked right.

now keep a tight grip on the pinched bow and take the tinier folded strip and lay it over the pinched part, still holding it tight, with the ends of the strip facing the back of the bow.

view from the back, after i trimmed the ends off the small strip.

then i sealed it shut with a dab of hot glue.

another view from the back

then i took a small bar pin and added hot glue to it

and smooshed it firmly against the back of the bow tie.  i placed mine towards the top, and not centered because the bow tie tended to flop a little bit when i put the pin in the middle.

so it’s not pretty from the back, but it works!

and the end result with them all lined up together was just so fun!

dish towel apron tutorial {and a fun gift basket}

dish towel apron tutorial

this is a super easy sewing project, even for beginners!  it took about 30 minutes or so from start to finish, and cost maybe $7: $4 for the dish towel and about $3 for the fabric.

dish towel apron diy

supplies needed:

1 dish towel – i got mine for $4 at world market

1/3 yard fabric for sash (or just 10 inches)

dish towel apron diy

 first, fold the towel in half, making sure the sides are even and line up with each other.  press with a hot iron if necessary.

dish towel apron diy

 cut 2  5″ wide stripes of fabric

dish towel apron diy

 trim off selvedge ends of both strips

dish towel apron diy

 with right sides together, sew ends of strips together, making one long strip

dish towel apron diy

press that seam open

dish towel apron diy

 fold the entire strip in half width-wise and press

dish towel apron diy

this si the first time i’ve used this trick and it worked great!  i got a heavy piece of card stock and marked a line 1/2″ in down the length of one side.   then i folded the fabric down to that line and pressed right over the paper and got a perfectly even fold.

dish towel apron diy

 see how nice that is?

dish towel apron diy

 do it down both sides of the strip.  you are basically making a huge piece of binding tape.

dish towel apron diy

once both sides are done, fold over the ends and press, about 1/4″.

dish towel apron diy

 then fold in the corners like a paper airplane.   fold the corners toward the pressed center fold line, but don’t let the corners touch – leave a little gap so the next step is easier.  press flat.

dish towel apron diy

 then fold the sides over and press the length of the sash again, making sure that all the edges line up.

dish towel apron diy

 now take the dish towel and find the center point.  i pressed mine so i could see where it was with a fold line.  lay the sash out then the towel over it.

dish towel apron diy

 line up the center seam of the sash with the center fold line of the towel.

dish towel apron diy

 fold the sash over, sandwiching the towel in the middle.  pin the sash to the towel.

dish towel apron diy

 starting at one end of the towel, backstitch, then sew to the other end of the towel.

dish towel apron diy

 i use a very tiny seam allowance, just big enough to make sure i’m catching the other side of the sash on the backside of the towel.

dish towel apron diy

once you get to the other side of the towel, keep going to the end of the sash, keeping the seam allowance tiny, but still making sure to catch both sides.

dish towel apron diy

 when you get to the pointed end, keep the small seam allowance and be sure to back stitch at the end to secure the  stitches.

dish towel apron diy

now go back to the other end of the tea towel, where you first started, and finish of the other end of the sash with the small seam allowance, finishing off the end the same as the other side.  trim all your threads.

dish towel apron diy

 and you’re done!  this apron is reversible and can be tied in front or back.

dish towel apron diy

 i added mine to this adorable batter bowl gift for a friend.  i also added a bag of flour, cute cupcake liners, and parchment paper, and a big ol’ homemade pompom.

dish towel apron diy

 when i was wrapping this all up, sean said “that is a really cute batter bowl”.  i looked at him, shocked, and said “i can’t believe you knew it was called a batter bowl!”  he said “well there’s a tag on the handle saying what it is”.  oh.

{ps – this is not a sponsored post – i just fell in love with all the red & aqua at world market this year!}