Last month, I shared a Bat Bow Tie tutorial – and you guys loved it! You tagged me in a bunch of photos of your own bat bows, which was great to see. With this in mind, I thought I’d make a follow-up bow tie… this time, Christmas themed!
My Holly Leaf Bow Tie is made with green felt, with stitched details using my Singer Patchwork 7285Q. I then finished it off with red pom-pom berries. It’s bright, novelty and silly – exactly what Christmas should be, hey?! 🙂
DIY Holly Leaf Bow Tie
Supplies and tools
- Free holly leaf bow tie template (download here)
- Sewing machine (I use the Singer Patchwork 7285Q)
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric glue or hot glue gun
- Pale green felt
- Dark green felt
- Contrasting green thread
- Red pom-poms
- Clip or pin
- Download my free holly leaf bow tie template and print it out on A4 paper. Cut the paper pieces out and use them as a template to cut out the shapes in felt.
- Place the smaller felt holly shape over the larger one, with an even border around the edges. Slide them under the foot of your sewing machine and lower the foot to hold them in place (there’s no need to pin the felt shapes, but you can if you’d prefer).
- Starting in the centre of the holly leaves, stitch the two pieces together with a straight stitch. When you reach approximately 1-2cm from the tip of the leaf, lower your needle and raise the sewing machine foot. Swivel the holly leaves around 180 degrees, then stitch back through the middle and to the other side. My Singer Patchwork 7285Q made this step a lot easier, because it has the option to automatically end every stitch with the needle in the downwards position. This just speeds up the whole process (and reduces the risk of forgetting to lower the needle manually, which can really mess up the neatness of your top-stitching).
- When you reach 1-2cm from the other side, repeat the process of lowering the needle and swivelling the leaf around. This time, sew back to the other side (to build up a thicker line of stitches). As you go, stitch some curved lines to mimic veins on the leaf. Repeat this for both sides of the holly leaf bow tie. Try and do all of this stitching in one, continuous stitch.
- When you’ve finished your decorative top-stitching, sew back into the centre of the DIY bow tie and remove the holly leaf from the sewing machine.
- Cut out the rectangle template piece in the same colour felt as your smaller holly leaf. Fold it in half so the short ends meet. Stitch these ends together approximately 0.5cm from edge, to form a small loop of felt. Turn the felt loop inside out.
- Gently fold the holly leaf bow tie piece from step 5 into a concertina. Slip the felt loop from step 6 over this concertina, then slide it to the centre of the bow. Let the leaf naturally fan out from this centre point, to form the classic bow tie shape.
- Use strong fabric glue or a hot glue gun to stick some red pom-poms to the centre of the holly leaf bow tie. I’d recommend using just three here – but if your pom-poms are a little small, you could try five instead.
- Finally, add a small clip or pin to the back of the bow tie so you can fix it to your shirt. (Alternatively, you could add a fabric or elastic strap.)
I love this bow tie as an alternative to a Christmas jumper for the office party! I think novelty bow ties might be the start of a new tradition for The Crafty Gentleman… what do you reckon?! Are there any other designs you’d like to see me make? Let me know in the comments below!
Also – make sure you check out my other Christmas crafts for men. There’s sure to be something new for you to try this festive season. 🙂 – Mike.
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