Well, how about another? Today, I’m making them with leather and vinyl. It looks so cool and is a faster sew than fabric ones!
3/4 inch wide elastic, ribbon, or scrap vinyl/leather for the strap
vinyl (sold at Joann by the bolt)
leather needle (optional) ** I used a universal needle myself
fabric glue (optional)
*You can use an old purse, jacket, or just vinyl by the bolt at Joann to get your leather/pleather “fabric.”
**Quick tips before we begin: lengthen your stitch and sew slow when sewing with leather or vinyl. Both materials can be stretchy. Be mindful of that and try your best to not let it stretch while sewing. Lift your presser foot often if you need to.
1. Cut your pieces.
Main bow tie: Because you don’t have to fold the leather/pleather in half before sewing it, cut it to the finished width from the start. I like how it looks folded at the sides, so that is how I made it, but you can make the whole bow tie one small rectangle.
Strap: First measure around your child’s neck while they are wearing a button up shirt. Add two inches to that and you have your length. (I had to piece two strips together because I was using recycled materials.) Cut your straps 3/4 inch wide and the length you determined.
***You can use my measurements I show in the picture above. I actually made the strap longer than I should have, so it was too long for my kids’ necks. That was an easy fix though.
Tie loop: Make this 3/4 inch by about 5 inches. It’s better to make this longer than you’ll likely need. You can cut it to size later.
2. Fold the main bow tie piece in half, right sides together (RST) and sew it.
3. Repeat with the small loop that goes around the bow.
4. Turn both pieces right sides out. Slide the loop around the main bow piece.
5. Prep your strap.
Sew velcro to the ends of the strap (each one on the opposite sides of the strap). You can use a straight stitch. I prefer a close zig zag stitch for more strength.
*You can use elastic, ribbon or a strip of fabric (sewed RST into a tube, pulled right side out and pressed). If you use elastic or ribbon for the strap, be sure to add your velcro with a zig zag stitch. The zig zag stitch will keep the elastic and ribbon ends from fraying and give it a clean look.
6. Slide the strap through the loop. Leave it as is or add dabs of fabric glue to keep the bow tie from shifting during use.
So simple, right?
I just love how such a small accessory really adds depth and interest to Owen’s suit.
Very hip and handsome.
I also made some bow ties with fabric as the main bow tie and a piece of leather or vinyl as the loop that cinches it together. I almost like this variation better! This is a great scrap busting project as well.
Just be sure to make the fabric piece twice a wide as you want it (plus an inch) so that you can sew it together (RST) and turn it right sides out before continuing with the rest of the steps above. You can refer to this tutorial for a clearer explanation.
This corduroy and leather one is probably my favorite out of the bunch.
If you don’t have a boy…You can make a leather or vinyl bow and stick a clip in it.
Just glue the clip in with hot glue and you’re good to go!
I know this project is for Winter Whites, but I couldn’t resist slipping a yellow vinyl bow tie in the mix:
It’s a lot stiffer than the leather, but still really cool looking.
And there you have it. An easy boy accessory that makes your boy look both dapper and modern.
**If you’re curious about Owen’s suit. I made them using Blank Slate patterns from Melly Sews. See the post here for more information.
Also… I am so happy to be guest posting at It’s Always Autumn for her Sharing the Love series. Come say hi if you get the chance!