Laser-Cut Bow-Tie Templates

Acrylic templates for cutting 7 different bow-ties from fabric. © 2013 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Note: This post was originally published in 2013, as I was developing the first set of templates. They have been updated since then, and are available to purchase at shop.lavaguy.com now.

I finally received my first-ever set of laser-cut acrylic bow-tie templates for cutting fabric (available from Ponoko here).  (Please excuse the crappy smartphone photo.)

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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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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