Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Bow Tutorial

I have been falling in love with the recent trend in bow ties for men and women. I wanted to get my own... but, I don't wear button-down shirts enough to wear a bow tie all the time. So, I thought and I thought, and decided that a bow tie necklace would be just as good. I played around with some felt this morning and wanted to share this easy tutorial with you... AND, it is super cute for Valentine's Day!

To make this lovely little bow, you need:
-felt in any color you like
-glue (I used Beacon Felt Glue)

To get started, cut one piece of felt that is 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Cut another strip that is 5.75 inches long and one inch wide. Cut the last piece 2 inches long and 0.5 inches wide.

Take the 4-inch piece of felt and cut a triangle out of each end.

You should end up with something like this:

Set that piece aside and take the 5.75-inch piece of felt and fold the sides toward the center. You are going to be gluing these two edges to the center.

I just eyeballed where the glue would go... put some glue under the first edge you fold over... and then glue on the second edge...

Turn this piece over and lay it on top of the 4-inch piece of felt. You'll want the seam side down.

This is where things got a little sticky for me, but you are going to wrap the small strip of felt over the center to create the bow and you'll want the edges to overlap in the back... that's where the glue will go.

To begin, scrunch the bow up a bit to create that look of a bow.

Rest the strap over the front and wrap it around.

Add some glue to the under side of the first edge...

Then add glue to the edge you place on top of that.

I used a clothes pin to hold the bow in place while the glue dried.

Once the bow was dry, I used a plain chain necklace I had in my jewelry box, and threaded it through the loop of the bow. Voila! A bow tie necklace.

This bow is cute on a bobbypin for the hair, as well... or on a hairband... or on a bracelet... I think you could do multiple things with this little bow.

Hope you enjoy!