February 6, 2014

Pussy Bow Tie Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago the lovely people at Liberty Lifestyle asked if we’d like to contribute another guest post to the Liberty Craft Blog. As big Liberty fans we obviously said yes and got making a new project  – a Pussy Bow Tie. Make sure you check out our original tutorial on the blog here and while you’re at it have a look at all the other amazing projects! They always make us want to take a trip to the Liberty haberdashery…

Pussy bow ties are equal parts 70’s hippy and modern city-chic; what’s not to love? Liberty fabric Tana Lawn is perfect for creating one of these subtle, floppy beauties and we love the opportunities the different prints give you for brightening up an outfit. The whole project takes under an hour to complete and is so easy – give it a go!

Liberty Print DIY Pussy Bow Tie

You will need:

A quarter metre of Tana Lawn, we used ‘Ricardo’s Bloom’

Rotary cutter or scissors

Sewing machine with a quarter inch foot (not imperative but certainly helps!)

Needle and thread

You need to:

1. Cut two 3 inch x 1m strips of your fabric.

2. Lay the two strips wrong sides together then cut their ends at alternate 45 degree angles.

Liberty Print DIY Pussy Bow Tie

3. Keeping the strips wrong sides facing, pin them together.

4. Stitch around the edges of your strips with a quarter inch seam allowance, a quarter inch foot makes this much easier. Leave a gap of about 4 inches along one of the edges.

Liberty Print DIY Pussy Bow Tie

5. Snip the edges of the corners off and snip into the seam allowance the whole way around making sure you don’t accidentally cut into the seam.

6. Using the gap you left along one of the edges, turn the bow right side out. A tool like a loop turner can make this easier.

7. Press your tie flat then slip-stitch along the gap.

Liberty Print DIY Pussy Bow Tie

Your tie should now be finished! We tied ours around our favourite silk shirt, how would you wear yours?

R+H

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