Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Dress and Bow Tie Tutorial

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I'm having a hard time believing that Easter is in 2 days! Outside it is feeling a lot like Christmas...not Easter. This is what we woke up to this morning:

 I've been putting off making my daughter's Easter dress this year--mainly because I was having a hard time finding a pattern I liked.  That is until I found Christine's fun blog:

She has some really cute tutorials and I fell in love with her One Hour Sundress.  It took me the afternoon to make from start to finish, but next time I will be able to whip it up a lot faster.  Here is how ours turned out!

I also added a little bow onto the bottom ruffle.  Cute, right??? Tay loves this dress, I had a hard getting her to take it off!

I couldn't just make my daughter something for Easter and not my boy, so I searched the blogs and Google for a little boy's bow tie.  I found lots of good tutorials for bow ties made out of ribbon, but I wanted to use up some scrap fabric pieces.  Since I couldn't find a tutorial for those--they are probably out there, I just couldn't find one!--I decided to come up with something myself.

Here is what you need:

  • 10"x6" piece of scrap fabric
  • 3"x6" piece of scrap fabric
  • Some elastic--I used 1/2" thick 
  • Sewing machine, scissors, thread
  • Hot Glue
  • Iron

First take your 10"x6" fabric scrap and fold it in half so that the right side of the fabric is touching and sew down the side.  Do the same with your smaller fabric scrap.

Turn your pieces right-side out and press with the seams down the middle.
With your bigger piece, fold the ends over to meet in the middle and sew down.
Next take your elastic and measure it around your boys neck. It is easiest to measure when he is wearing the collared shirt he will wear with the bow tie.  Just make sure it isn't too tight or too loose.  Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew the elastic onto your large fabric piece.

After the elastic is sewn on, take the smaller fabric piece and wrap it around the larger piece.  You can hand sew this part if you want, but I strongly dislike hand sewing so I just added a few dabs of hot glue to secure it.  Fluff it up and play around with it a little to get the look you want and there you go!

A cute bow tie for your cute little gentleman! (Doesn't mine look thrilled?)

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Creations by Kara


Sammy said...

I love it Ruth!! And I can tell that the little man loves it too, just by the look on his face!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I love this tut. It is so simple and that bow tie looks so cute on your little man.

Thanks for linking up today!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Christine said...

Look at her, she is adorable!! I'm so glad that you liked it! Your house looks a lot like ours right now. The snow is getting old!
Your little man is just so cute in that bow tie. Thank you for linking me to your blog, I love seeing pictures of things others make from my blog.

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi..I'm From Friday Follow...Cute blod!!I'm new to this but have found such wonderful people doing these parties & link ups. I wish the rest of the world could be as uplifting & supportive to each other as I have experienced.. I hope you can pop over to my blog @ & find some inspiration for your family/home...I hope you will become a follower too! Happy Easter!! Barb
P.S. Hope to have my own link party April 12th “My Creative Space Monday” @
…..Hope you will join up, too.

V and Co. said...

oh my heavens i LOVE IT!!! i make my daughters hairbows the same way! i'm going to see if i can get my boys to wear one for me!!! thanks for linking up!

Polly said...

These are so cute! I made some regular ties using elastic a while back. I get people finding the link who are looking for bow ties too. I'm going to add your link to that post, so those people can find what they're looking for.

article said...

Your daughter looks so cute with her Easter dress. The bow tie fits your lil boy perfectly. Happy Easter!
bow ties

Nancy's Couture said...

That dress is adorable!!! I love the bow tie. My son asked me today to make him a bow tie after he seen the Easter Bunny wearing one. I'm gonna have to make one tonight!

Leslie said...

i am so glad to have found your tutorial...i wanted something to go with my sons Easter outfit and i knew a bow tie would be the perfect thing. so tonight after he went to bed i whipped one up out of a fun vintage fabric that i thought would go with what he was wearing. Hopefully i will be able to put some pictures of him in all his Easter finery on my blog soon. thank you for the easy to follow tutorial.

Rachel said...

Those are so cute!

Kitty Talk said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I love how long your bow tie is! So cute!!

amybyrd said...

Love the dress--found your blog on the Nest--out of curiosity what fabrics did you use?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for everyone's kind comments! amybyrd: They are Merry Meadow Patch and Merry Meadow Pink dot, both from Joann's.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love boy ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Both of these projects are totally adorable! Thanks so much for linking up! :)

Melissa said...

I know it may seem odd getting a comment on an Easter post, but I finally got around to making this bow tie. It was super easy! Thank you so much. I wrote a little blurb on my blog about it.


Danielle said...

Love the bow tie! My son LOVES his ties and wears them to church often but I wanted him to wear a sweater vest to church for he'll have a bowtie from me to wear :)
Thanks for the great idea!

Amy said...

Made a bowtie with this tutorial for Easter this year - it was great! Thank goodness for a glue gun to help hold that little strip of fabric around the tie. I posted a pic:

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