Bow ties are all the rage, aren’t they?
Well, of course they are. If Thomas Edison wore them, then it has to be cool.
To complete the Thomas Edison look, I looked for an easy DIY project. Youtique Bridal has a lovely YouTube video to make a no sew bow tie. Check out her video. It’s so neat! If you would like to see a photo version, read on to see how I made a bow tie out of felt fabric.
navy blue felt fabric
hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1. Print and cut out bow tie template.
You can download Younique Bridal’s template here.
Step 2. Cut out pieces.
Pin templates pieces to felt fabric. Cut out fabric pieces.
Here, I have fabric pieces broken out into groups labeled as part 1, part 2, and strap.
Step 3. Make the bow tie (Part 1).
For part 1, pin the top and bottom to the center, and glue down with hot glue.
Let glue dry.
Now, glue left and right sides to center.
Step 4. Make the center piece (part 2).
But first, you need to use hot glue to glue down the pleats in. Dab a little hot glue in the center front.
Dab a little more hot glue on the center back. Hold until it cools. (Make sure you don’t burn your fingers in the process.)
With the smaller piece cut (labeled as part 2), you will hot glue edges to the center (as shown below).
Step 5. Make the neck strap.
Before you glue part 2 to part 1, you should cut out the neck strap. In my example, I cut about an inch in width and 17 inches in length. 17 inches was much too long for the neck strap, but it was enough to make sure I would have enough length to down to the proper size.
Step 6. Putting it all together.
Placing the neck strap in the center on the back, add hot glue to part 2 to cement the pieces together.
Add glue as necessary and pin in place.
Step 7. Add velcro enclosure.
Once the glue has cooled, I measured the proper length and cut the strap to size. I didn’t want the bow tie to be too snug on Piano Man, so I left a little wiggle room. I left a little length on the neck strap to make sure there is coverage when I added the velcro.
Hot glue in place.
Step 8. Voila! project complete!
You made a no sew bow tie. I must say this was a perfect project, since my sewing machine was acting up last week.
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