DIY Bow Tie Tutorial

I love it when menswear creeps into women’s fashion, and bow ties are the perfect way to borrow-from-the-boys without sacrificing femininity. Today I’ll show you how to DIY a bow tie in a classic plaid.

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of 6.5″ x 4″ of fabric
  • a 1″ x 2″ piece of fabric
  • a 1″ pin back
  • Fabric glue or glue gun
  • Needle & thread

IMG_6110Start by pinning together the two larger pieces of fabric and sewing along all four sides.bowtie1Leave enough of a gap that will allow you to turn the bow tie right side out. Hand stich the gap closed.bowtie2Fold the bow tie in half length wise. Fold in half again as we want to get an estimate of the most center point in the bow tie. bowtie3Pinch the center point where the two folds meet, or mark it with a pen. On the opposite side of the bow tie, add a dab of fabric glue and press fold together.bowtie4Starting on one side of the bow tie, add another drop of fabric glue and continue folding and gluing. (I ended up folding two more times on each side.)bowtie5Allow the glued bow tie to dry. Prepare the smaller piece of fabric for the center of the bow tie. I just folded and glued the edges as they were a bit frayed. Wrap the fabric around the center of the bow tie and glue or sew it in place.bowtie6Finally, sew the pin back onto the backside of your bow tie. bowtie7And you’re done! Bill Nye would be so proud!IMG_6236IMG_6262{Top image via MensStyle1, rest of images by Why Don’t You Make Me}

 

Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti

IMG_6069My mom used to buy these big containers of individually wrapped biscotti. The only problem with this is that I would end up with multiple wrappers as evidence as to how many I ate in one sitting. Biscotti are the perfect snack, whether you’re craving something sweet or nutty. I used this recipe which turned out to be super simple, and chances are you’ll have most of the ingredients on hand. I left out the almond extract and the biscotti still turned out amazing. I’ll bet you can’t eat just one!IMG_6000biscottiIMG_6032IMG_6054IMG_6061

 

Gold Work Lamp

Having studied design in college I accumulated a lot of tools that have proved useful for my crafty side. My work space currently contains T-Squares and cutting boards of various sizes, a quill and black ink from when we studied ink sketching and expensive colored pencils that made my bank account take a hit. But my favorite of all my design school possessions is my work lamp. I wanted to give it new life so I spray painted it gold. I love the way it turned out!

IMG_5963First I taped off any parts of the lamp I didn’t want to paint.

lampThen I spray painted one side at a time.

IMG_5978Easy Peasy! Now the lamp will look good in my work space…or on my bedside.

Polka-Dot Bow Blouse

IMG_5993 IMG_5996Look at what I finished made! I started sewing this top last summer when bow blouses were all the rage. Then school started and it ended up next to my sewing machine for over a year…oops. I have a habit of started intricate projects, getting overly frustrated when I struggle with them and then just giving up. I didn’t want that to happen to this top. I love the fabric and print too much. Plus now I can officially say I have sewn a shirt!