Posted by: michelenel | 26 April, 2014

Sacrificing my Liberty for a bow tie…..

Following our trip to the fabric printers outlet store in Lancaster, we are rather flush with a beautiful new selection of Liberty prints and I particularly like this paisley design and was itching to make something from it. Rather than having to get stuck into a large project in the little time I had, I decided to make our son a new two-tone bow tie.

I drew the pattern and sized it off one of his existing bow ties and using another piece of contrasting fabric off-cut bought at the same store, proceeded to cut out the pieces.

You need one piece of main fabric, one of lining or under fabric if you want it to be reversible and one of interfacing.

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Iron your interfacing to the lining fabric.
Stitch around the bow tie using a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a 10cm gap to allow you to turn it right way round.
Clip the curves and points.
Turn right side out.
Finger press and roll the seams to make sure they all lie really flat.
Iron well – I use starch to make it nice and crisp.
Slip stitch the opening closed and press if necessary.
Tie, and admire!

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The perfect bow tie which can be used on the paisley or plain side – very handsome!



  1. Ooo I like it. I’m adding bow ties to potential present list. And if someone else wears it you get to see and admire your Liberty fabric more than if you wear it yourself!

    • Good point Emma. He tied it really nicely this morning so that the red contrast fell across the centre bar and the back bow – really nice. I wish I knew some other men who wore them because it was a fun and quick project to make. 😄

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