June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny
Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. With Father’s Day around the corner, these darling matching bow ties are easy to make with Simplicity’s patterns and your Cricut Maker. I chose the Men’s Bow Tie and the Boy Bow Tie, but there is also a Toddler Bow Tie if you need a smaller size. The projects cost $3.99 each, but once you purchase them you can cut them out as many times as you would like.
Each bow tie project has full assembly instructions available in a PDF that you can read over. I will also go over the steps of assembly, but I recommend reading the PDF instructions as well. Both bow ties are constructed the same way; the boy’s tie is just smaller.
I chose the Cricut Fabric Rockstar sample pack and I was able to squeeze both ties on the blue fabric, but it did make the band a little shorter for the boy tie. If you want to be safe and are worried about possible mistakes I recommend two of the sampler packs.
1: Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing
Click on Make It and select “Fusible Interfacing” as your material for the first mat and “Cotton” as your material for the second mat.
I chose to turn off the fabric marking because this was a fairly simple pattern and I didn’t want to wash it off later. If you choose to leave the fabric marking on, insert your fabric pen into Slot A. Cut out both mats.
2: Apply Interfacing to Bows
Use your Cricut EasyPress to apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric bow (marked number 1 in the pattern). Do this with both bow pieces.
3: Sew Bows
Fold the bow in half, matching it at the notches with the interfacing facing out. Sew the notched edge with a 1 cm seam, leaving an opening at the center to turn it out.
Next, bring the seam you just sewed to the center and stitch the upper and lower edges with a 1 cm seam. Turn the bow right side out and press with your EasyPress. Repeat with the other bow piece. If desired you can slip stitch the back of the bow where you turned it out. I chose not to because it was going to be covered by the bow center.
4: Sew Bow Center
Fold the bow center (marked number 2 in the pattern) in half lengthwise matching up the notches with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam and then turn right side out and press with the seam in the middle.
5: Sew the Bow Together
Place your two bow pieces on top of each other, pinch them in the center and place the bow center over the top of the bows with the ends reaching to the back of the bow. Slip stitch the back together.
6: Sew the Band
Fold the band in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam leaving the ends open. I used a chopstick to turn the band out. It took me a few times (and a couple of breaks because I was getting frustrated) but I found using the chopstick to be the easiest method for me.
6: Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit
Insert your band on the underside of the bow tie center and center it. Follow the directions on your bow tie fastening kit to attach it to your bow tie. (There are also great instructions in the Simplicity PDF.)
Repeat all the above steps with your other bow tie. Now the men in your life can rock those matching bow ties! Happy Father’s Day!
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