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

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

Spoonflower features my ‘Word Game’ design


Word Game fabric featured on Spoonflower welcome page

My Word Game fabric featured on the Spoonflower welcome page (on the right) as one of the top-selling “Alphabet” designs.

For several weeks now, one of my best-selling designs on Spoonflower has been featured prominently on that site’s homepage (see screenshot above). Although Spoonflower is featuring it as a wallpaper design, sales of my fabric have been off the charts since it happened. (There’s a link on the product page to switch from wallpaper to fabric design.)

Word Game Border fabric © 2011 J. Thomson Word Game fabric, © 2011 J. Thomson


Trailer Trash Toile wallpaper


Trailer Trash Toile, © 2012 J. ThomsonMy Trailer Trash Toile fabric design is now available on custom-printed wallpaper from! Click the image to see it, and the other colors it comes in.

Little Dots wallpaper

Little Dots on Charcoal wallpaper design © 2012 J. Thomson


This is one of my designs that is now available as custom-printed wallpaper and wall decals from Spoonflower, in addition to fabric. Continue reading

Big Dots (New Fabric Design)

Fresh off the digital presses: my new collection of fabric from Spoonflower… Big Dots!

Big Dots Dark Blue © 2012 J. Thomson

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Fits and Stripes (or, How NOT to design a striped pattern!)

Aslan Stripes © 2012 J. Thomson. All rights reserved.

Who would’ve thought that designing a simple repeat pattern of hand-drawn diagonal stripes would be so difficult? Certainly not I. But more than almost any other design I’ve done so far, this one has given me fits trying to get it just right. (And if you think this looks familiar, you’re right… I first made a version of this pattern for Zazzle last year. But I needed to create a new version of it for fabric on Spoonflower.)

Why does it matter? Well because I wanted to see if I could do it. And also because there are lots of striped fabrics on Spoonflower, but none of them have a wavy, hand-drawn line like my stripes do, and still repeat seamlessly. It ended up being quite a challenging learning experience for me, and it makes me wish I’d taken some surface design courses in art school. Continue reading

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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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 -

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