Custom-made Bow-Ties!

Fabric options for bespoke bow ties I’ve just posted a new section on for custom made bow-ties. You pick from my collection of >32 vintage and rare textiles (velvets, silks, brocades, geometrics, stripes, solids…) and choose from 7 bow-tie shapes, and I’ll create a special bow-tie for you!

I’ll also be adding more newly-created bow-ties ready to ship.

Bow-Tie Round Up

The Resource Exchange

Last Saturday, I hunted & gathered new (old) fabrics for bow-ties, and I hit the mother lode! I found a new (to me) place called The Resource Exchange, in Philadelphia. They’re all about recycling and up-cycling materials that otherwise would’ve been thrown in the landfill. They take donations from film production companies, theater companies, and individuals and make them available at reasonable prices to DIY crafters like me. Continue reading

Laser-cut acrylic templates for making bow-ties [v2.0]

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7 laser-cut acrylic templates for making shaped bow-ties. © 2013 J. Thomson
These heavy-duty acrylic cutting templates make it a snap to quickly and accurately cut fabric for making bow-ties. This suite of seven templates are laser-cut out of 4.5mm thick clear acrylic, making them durable and easy to use.  Continue reading

The Royal Crown Collection: 7 Regal DIY Bow-Ties

The Royal Crown Collection: 7 Regal DIY Bow-TiesI’ve updated my Royal Crowns Collection of bow-ties and fabrics. Now there are seven DIY cut and sew bow-ties on each yard (instead of the previous five).

Easy sewing instructions are included right on the fabric, and I also have a step-by-step tutorial on this site.

Digitally printed on Cotton Sateen or Cotton Silk by Scroll down to see all seven reversible designs. Click the image to order.

Also available printed on giftwrap, wallpaper, and fabric by the yard from

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The Patriotic Collection: 7 Star-spangled Bow-Ties

The Patriotic Collection: What could be more American than Stars, Stripes, and Baseball? This collection includes seven different DIY cut and sew bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Instructions included. Best suited for Cotton Sateen (makes 7 bow-ties) or Cotton Silk (makes 5 bow-ties). See this, and all of my DIY Bow-Ties at Available now. Continue reading

Old Is Now

“What I like about the bow-tie
is that it’s both old-fashioned
and somehow clearly current.”

Alexander Olch

The Striped Sophisticate: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Bursting With Stripey Goodness! Fabric Design by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

Middle finger

A bow-tie can often seem
“like a middle finger
protruding from your neck.”

Tucker Carlson

The Striped Sophisticate Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Bursting with stripey goodness! Fabric design by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

A bow-tie is a provocation

…no single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

No single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.


New collection of fabrics: BASEBALL

Just in time for Opening Day… here’s my new collection of baseball/patriotic-themed fabrics, now available from Spoonflower:

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Adjustable Bow Ties (Updated Tutorial)

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These are the detailed instructions for sewing any of my Adjustable Bow Ties cut & sew fabric designs, available only from Spoonflower. For less than the cost of just one name-brand bow tie, you can get a bunch of ties printed on fabric that you can easily sew with just a few basic sewing skills.

This is an easy, beginner-level project… I swear you can do it even if you’ve never sewn anything!

"Cleaver" finished bow-tie. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

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