New Necktie Sewing Patterns to Download and Print

Necktie Sewing Pattern, © 2014 J. Thomson, all rights reserved.

People have often asked me if I make neckties (in addition to the bow ties I’m already known for), and why I don’t make them.

The truth is, I’ve never had an interest in making them since I rarely wear them. However, lately I’ve been wanting to make a few neckties because I had some gorgeous fabric that isn’t suitable for bow ties: it’s either too thick, or the pattern is too large to make an impact in the relatively small area of a bow tie. Continue reading

Aggressively Argyle: 14 Days of Compliments

Aggressively Argyle: 7 Double-Sided Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for 14 Days of Compliments. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Seven double-sided bow-ties for two weeks’ worth of compliments… all on one yard of fabric for less than what you’d expect to pay for just one bow-tie in the department store. Continue reading

The Flamingo Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Fabric

The Flamingo Collection: 7 kitschy cut & sew bow-ties. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Just in time for the Spring Formal at the trailer park, here are seven bow-ties with pink plastic flamingos on them!  Continue reading

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Fabric

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.The Big Dots Collection is a cut & sew pattern designed to give you seven bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Each bow-tie has colorful dots on one side, and coordinating stripes on the other.  Continue reading

The Mod Box Collection: 7 modern Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for the modern man

The Mod Box Collection: 7 Modern Cut & Sew Bow-Ties fabric by J. Thomson © 2013

I’ve just finished creating a new pattern I’m calling “Mod Boxes”. It was inspired by my love of all things Mod+Retro. While some of these are certainly festive enough to wear to a holiday party, none of them screams “Christmas Tie!” and they could be worn throughout the year. These patterns will be available soon on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap (for a limited time), a bow tie cut-n-sew pattern, and even a pattern to make matching pocket squares (or dinner napkins). [Update: the bow tie cut-n-sew and pocket squares patterns are now available for sale on Spoonflower.] Continue reading

Nine Eclectic Bow Ties cut & sew pattern

I designed these ties a few weeks ago as a cut & sew pattern (ie, all 9 ties appear on one yard of cotton sateen fabric). I’ve received the fabric and made all nine of the bow ties. Here’s what they look like finished:

9 Eclectic Bow Ties © 2012 J. Thomson - Lavaguy.com

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Toy Robot cut-n-sew project

Toy Robot plush, © 2011 J. Thomson, all rights reserved. I designed this easy-to-sew soft Toy Robot for Spoonflower’s “plushie pattern” contest (my first experience making a soft toy, AND my first time using Sketchup 3D software.) The challenge was to design a soft toy that would fit on one fat quarter of fabric (18″ x 21″). It was a tough challenge to get all the necessary parts and pieces of the Robot to fit, but I finally figured it out without having to reduce the size of the finished piece. When completed, this soft Toy Robot stands over 17″ tall.


Robot Soft Toy Cut-n-Sew fabric, © 2011 J. Thomson. All rights reserved.
Keep reading for the sewing instructions to make this adorable stuffed Robot. Just purchase one fat quarter of the fabric for each Robot you want to make. [Hint: If you’re making more than one, change the repeat from “centered” to “basic repeat” under layout options when you order the fabric. Then you’ll get FOUR Robots on a single yard of fabric, which is much cheaper than ordering four fat quarters. For the contest, designed MUST be “centered”.) It was designed for the quilting-weight cotton (which is the least expensive fabric Spoonflower offers), but you can print it on other fabrics as well. Continue reading

Retro Holidays Fabrics

Retro Holidays fabric, © 2011 by J. Thomson All rights reserved.

Retro Holidays Fabric, © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved Continue reading

Retro Holidays Apron DIY Project

Retro Holiday Apron Project © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved
Retro Holidays Apron Project, by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading

2 DIY Halloween banners (fabric designs)

Halloween Banner © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved.

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