Things have been super quiet on the blog lately because life has been busy. We have been traveling a bit for a couple of out of town weddings, I started on a new client at work, and we bought a house!

We began house hunting back in March and, after losing out on a few homes in the bidding process, we finally went under contract on a house in June and closed in July. We are doing some projects before we move in, so most of my free time has been spent researching vendors, getting bids, and writing more checks than I care to admit. The hardwood floors should be finished this week and I can’t wait to share the before and after! Instagramming is much faster than blogging, so follow me on Instagram here if you are interested!

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com

Although my sewing machine has been mostly neglected, I did bust out some bow ties for a friend’s California wedding. For the fabric, she picked out a pretty, ticking stripe fabric from Fancy Tiger back in the spring that’s no longer available at the store. I wish I knew who made this fabric because I would love to make a big tote bag out of it…

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com

To make the adult bow ties, I used the free bow tie pattern from Sew Like My Mom and cut the bow ties on the fold. I thought I was being so efficient when I cut all 5 of the bow ties first, assembly line style, but that ended up being a bad idea. Turns out my fabric was too thick to turn through the neckband, even without the interfacing. I ended up having to modify the pattern by widening the band by 1/4 inch and start over.

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com

My friend also wanted a bow tie for her ring bearer, so I used my hair bow tutorial to make the bow portion (I did shorted it by 1 inch) and I attached it to the middle of a band. I then sewed some Velcro on the ends so it could be adjustable and easy to get on a 4 year old. I’m hoping I can write up a more detailed tutorial to share once we get settled into our new place.

I can’t wait to see how these bow ties look on the groom, groomsmen, and ring bearer next week!

Bow Tie DIY on Sewbon.com