How To Tie A Bow-Tie

Here gentlemen and ladies, for your edutainment, is a little tutorial I made showing you how to tie a bow tie. For a printable version, please head on over to shop.lavaguy.com.

Downloadable Bow Tie Templates

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

[NOTE: As of 7/26/2013, links to this post now point to http://shop.lavaguy.com/printable-templates/.]

For months now, I’ve been wearing a bow tie every day at work. I consider it a little bit of personal branding… to some who don’t know my name, I’m just “the bow tie guy” and that’s fine. Our clients/visitors get a kick out of seeing them, and they often will strike up a conversation with me about my tie. So it functions as a conversation piece or ice-breaker too. They’re always amazed when they find out I make many of the ties I wear.

The problem with working a full-time job, managing my studio, AND making bow ties is that I can’t keep up with it enough to wear a different tie every day, which is really something I’d like to do. So I’ve come up with some ways to streamline the process of making them. In the beginning, it would take me a couple of hours to make a tie (not counting the time it took to design the pattern & print the fabric, of course!) But now I can easily make four or five ties in the same span of time. Continue reading

Eclectic Cut & Sew Bow-Ties

Encouraged by all the positive comments I’ve received recently about the bow ties I’ve been designing and making (and wearing), and my Spoonflower fabrics, I’ve been diligently working on some new designs these past few days. The first two shown are available for sale now, and the others will follow later this spring.

Nine Eclectic Bow-Ties cut and sew pattern

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Adjustable Bow Ties (Updated Tutorial)

[NOTE: As of 7/26/2013, links to this post now point to http://shop.lavaguy.com/diy-bow-tie-tutorial/ ‎]

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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Adjustable Bow Ties (Original Tutorial)

[Note: As of 7/26/2013, links to this post now point to http://shop.lavaguy.com/diy-bow-tie-tutorial/ ‎]

These are the detailed instructions for sewing any of my Adjustable Bow Ties cut-n-sew fabric designs, available only from Spoonflower. For less than the cost of just one name-brand bow tie at a department store, you can get a bunch of ties printed on cotton silk from Spoonflower, designed by me. (The number varies, depending on the design, and the width of the fabric you choose. The ones shown in this tutorial come 5 ties per yard. Some of my other designs have up to 9 ties per yard of fabric.)

Simple sewing instructions are included when you purchase the fabric from Spoonflower (they’re printed right on the fabric), but here you’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions, pictures, and links to suppliers and other helpful information. There’s a link and a QR Code right on the fabric that will bring you to this page.

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

 

5 Baroque Bow Ties, © 2012 J. Thomson - Lavaguy.com

Each yard of fabric will have five bow ties (as seen here) or more on it. This is my “Five Baroque Ties” pattern. Scroll down for a closeup view of these designs.

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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 - Lavaguy.com

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New Whimsical collection of BACON fabric now available!

Bacon! Black fabric © 2012 Lavaguy.com All rights reserved

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Woodgrain & Cowboys Bow-Ties

Woodgrain and Cowboys bow ties by Jay Thomson Here are a couple of bow ties I made for myself today (my first ones). They’re insanely easy to make… well, except for turning them inside out. These were made out of some cotton print fabric I had lying around, but I intend to design my own unique prints (from my drawings and artwork) and print them on Spoonflower.com in the future.

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I see a fabulous Halloween in your future!

Custom Fortune Teller Cards & Invitations © 2011 J. Thomson Customizable Fortune Teller card by J. Thomson at Halloween Vintage Continue reading

Word Game Fabrics

 

Word Game fabrics, © 2011 J. Thomson

Version 1. Printed on Cotton Sateen fabric. See below for updated colors.

UPDATE 8/26/11: I spent most of yesterday re-drawing this design (as I mention later in this post), but I was so happy with the results that I uploaded the revisions as REPLACEMENTS for the printed samples shown here, instead of completely new designs in addition to these. Updated photos are forthcoming, but you can see the designs at the end of this post.

A while back I designed three coordinating fabrics inspired by the Scrabble® brand crossword game. My fabric proofs just arrived from the printer, and here they are… Continue reading