Make for Your Man… How to make a bow tie

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Lots of people don’t believe in Valentines day and the way it has become so commercial, but I think if there is an excuse to tell someone you love them… why not take it!?

Bow Tie

So, just ditch the commercial bit and make something for your man this valentines. Handmade gifts are so thoughtful and he will love it… and look great in it too!

WHAT YOU NEED…

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Fabric – if you use a thicker fabric your bow tie will be more plump! I have used a blue/grey linen for this example and I am really pleased with the results.

I got my linen from Fabworks in Dewsbury and the floral above from B&M Fabrics in Leeds Market.

CUTTING:

Cut pieces of fabric:
1 x Bow Tie: 12.5cm x 37.5cm
1 x Knot: 9cm x 7.5cm
2 x Band = 54cm x 4cm (Cut this piece to a point at one end)

STITCHING:

1. With right sides together fold the Bow Tie piece in half length ways and press.
Stitch with a 1cm seam allowance around the cut edges, leaving a gap to turn through. Repeat with the knot piece.

Stitch and leave a gap

2. Clip your corners and turn through the gap to the right side showing. Hand stitch the gap with a slip stitch. Repeat on the knot piece.

Slip Stitch

3. Fold in half width ways and measure 6cm from the non-folded end. Then stitch together at 6cm.

Stitch Bow Tie

4. Open out the ends to bring the line of stitching to the centre…

Open Bow Tie

5. Lay flat and ‘stitch in the ditch’ to fasten in this position…

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6. Pinch the bow tie to make a pleat in the middle.

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7. Wrap the knot around the bow tie and hand stitch to secure.

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8. To make the band… with right sides together stitch the 2 band pieces together, leaving an opening at the non-pointed end to turn through…

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9. Clip the corners, turn through and press. Then hand stitch the open end, closed…

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10. Thread the bow-tie onto the band and secure with a hand stitch if needed…

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11. Add a popper at the end to fasten…

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Tah Dah… You have made a bow tie! Package up in a pretty box and give to your man. I found it easier to leave the popper off until I had given the bow tie to my hubby so I could get the length of the tie fitting perfectly.

Bow Tie

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How to make a simple drawstring bag…

Drawstring bags are one of my favourite things to make, one: because they are so easy, and two: because the possibilities are endless. A simple homemade drawstring bag can give any gift the personal touch, or make a messy toy room tidy again. You can use up small pieces of left over fabric, or it is great for Fat Quarters you may have stashed away somewhere. I love these drawstring bags and hope you do to. I would love to hear what you will be putting in yours…

Make a Drawstring bag

Just follow the steps…

Step One…

Cut Fabric Size

 

Step Two…

Hem Top Edges

 

Step Three…

Measure Ribbon Holes

 

Step Four…

Stitch your Seams

 

Step Five…

Press Seams and Turn

 

Step Six…

Stitch Top Channel

 

Step Seven…

Turn and Thread Ribbon

 

Now you have made your drawstring bag!… What will you use yours for? I have decided to give mine as a housewarming gift for my friend. My Dad keeps bees and she just loves his honey so I am going to give her some honey in my homemade drawstring bag… I hope she likes it!Gift with Honey

Make a Padded Noteboard

I am a note writer… notes on whats for dinner… what to wear… what to blog… so I was in desperate need of somewhere to stash them all and I had a very blank wall to fill in my sewing room! This padded noteboard did just the trick. I made a large one to cover an entire wall but you can choose your size.

I have used a staple gun (my new toy which I am obsessed with! Anything which wasn’t stapled down… it is now!) But you could use pins, tacks or nails.

Voila!… your life is organised… well your scrappy notes are at least!

We think this would make a great present too, if you made a small one for someone.

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Monday Glory… Stripes

Its that time of the week again! Lets get stripey!…

 

from left to right > Kirstie Allsopp 4 Magnetic Pegs at M&S > Stripey Straws at Peach Blossom > Stripey Button at Love Buttons > Elephant Sewing Kit at Gemima Craft Kits > Assorted Stripey Ribbon at Gertie & Mabel > 3 Bunnies Knit Kit at Gift Horse > Stripey Bundle at Fabri-Crafts > Vintage Needle Case at Country Home Designs > 3 inch stripe Blue at Cabbages & Roses

Have a very Stripey Monday x

Monday Glory… Harvest

Monday Glory is a new regular post which combines a collection of products, recipes, makes, ideas, reads and more… to set your mood for the week to come. Happy Monday… and happy harvesting x

(from top left) willow garden baskets by the cottage gardener £25sophie conran homemade lemonade kit £29.95 ♥ woodland lampshade john lewis £35-£45 ♥ preserves: river cottage handbook no 2 £14.99liberty art fabric milliner a satin from the aw12 printing and dyeing story £45 l’occitane bonne mere soap verbena £4.50paris rustic wooden crates by the orchard £21 ♥ feta & chickpea salad recipe by angie mcgowanburgon & ball kitchen compost liners the cottage gardener £3.95 ♥

Partying Sewing Sessions Style

This weekend we partied with a group of hens who were celebrating Rebecca’s wedding in Mauritius in 4 weeks. The perfect way to warm up their weekend of clucking as her hens, especially for such a creative girl like Rebecca. Arriving in her already handmade Jewellery I knew this group of hens would be great at our Accessory Making Party and I was right…

Simple decorations gave the party our unique Sewing Sessions look…

They made some beautiful accessories…

… and left with a goodie bag each…

 

 

we wish you luck on your big day Rebecca x