I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Easy Peasy 5 minute Bowties

Making this made me feel like Julie Andrews from Sound of Music except I wasn't using curtains I was using a dress thats too big.  I have been wanting to cut this dress down to a smaller size and finally the sewing machine was out when needed.  Now that it was smaller I had small remnants of this fabric and then the idea came. 

So why not bowties for the boys? I was wearing this dress to a Mothers Tea put on by my sons class. It took me 5 min. I didn't have a lot of time because like most of my ideas they pop into my head when I can't possibly manage to fit another thing in my hectic day. You and I both know we mothers have lots of practice at squeezing one more thing in, so I did.
You need:

1. You need to decide  how big you want the tie. Cut a strip of fabric fold in the outer edges then gather both ends down the middle. Cut gray ribbon the same length and then some for the width.
2. Sew around the rectangle and down the middle where the ends of both side came together. You can do it by hand but I used a sewing machine since it was out.

 3. Gather your fabric in thirds like here and that is how your bowtie will gather.
 4. By hand I put a couple of stitches in the middle to keep the gathered material in place.
 5. Then I put a couple of stitches on the ribbon going around the bow.

I sewed this lone on to his onesie!

Everyone thought I made this dress since my kids had matching bows to go with it.  I didn't bother to inform anyone that this was not the case.  My older son got  his bowtie around his neck. I measured his neck and cut ribbon that size and stitched the ribbon on one side and velcroed the other end.  I wouldn't use adhesive velcro. I tried it  because I was in a hurry and it didn't work quite right. 


  1. That is so cute!! I saw you on Thrilling Thursdays at Paisley Passions : )
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

  2. Thx for stopping by Jaimee. Your home sounds like mine 3 young boys:)

  3. Your son is adorable! The bowtie is very sweet and a nice complement to your dress.

    Popping over from Chic on a Shoestring decorating!

  4. Thx Susan. I agree he is adorable!

  5. How adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  6. Great idea to use ribbon! I will have to try this for my boys : )

  7. The tie is cute but the baby is precious!

  8. Amy, thx. Deneen, I totally agree he is absolutely a delight!

  9. Would love it if you'd link this up to my 20 minute tuesday party today! http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com
    It's for projects that: take 20-30 mins and cost less than 10 bucks.
    Great place for people to come and check out quick and inexpensive ideas!
    Thanks for considering!
    PS: I'm giving away 20 more button pony tailers! Here's the info:

  10. Sweet Floweret popping over. That is my goal in making crafts, cheap and not time consuming!

  11. oh I will make one for my little guy! i love bow ties. they are adorable.


  12. kathyrn i wasn't into bow ties until recently and i must agree they are adorable.