Since Christmas, having been inspired by beautiful decorations, ribbons and wrapping, my favourite accessory has been my slowing growing collection of jewel coloured, ribbon bow ties; worn either with a loose shirt over skinny jeans or a tailored shirt and trouser combination. This is a tutorial to show you how to make your own, and if you already have a sewing kit you only need to buy some ribbon! They are cute, cheap and chic… (and homemade!)
You will need:
30cm of ribbon you like the look of.
A sewing pin.
A needle and thread of any colour.
A safety pin.
Start by making 2 loops in your ribbon, cross one loop over the other and pull it back underneath, like you are tying a knot with your 2 loops . This will start to form the shape of your bow.
Pull it tight and as you do so, you may have to move your ribbon around so it forms the bow shape you are after. Also you don’t want to pull it too tight or else the middle section will look like a little knot and the bow loops will crease and loose there shape (this bit often takes me more than one attempt!).
Your next step is to secure all the overlapping pieces of ribbon in place using a sewing needle. However, try to make sure you do not put the needle through the top layer of ribbon in the centre of your bow, or through the front of the loops.
Here I have made sure the the needle only comes out through the back of the centre of my bow.
(And you can just about see in this photograph that it has gone in through the middle of the base of the loops, behind the top layer of the bow’s centre.)
Now if you turn your bow over so the front is facing you, you should not be able to see the needle coming through any of the ribbon.
Next sew the overlapping layers of ribbon together (again trying not to go through the top layer in the centre of your bow, or through the front of your loops).
After a little bit of practise I found that the best way to do this is to sew along the edge of the centre section of the bow, attaching it to the 2 loops.
Using the safety pin attach the bow to your shirt, just below the top button hole.
And finally wear and enjoy, and don’t be afraid to mix and match with a bit of colour – let brighten up this cold, grey January!