Dapper DIY: Turning Two Dated Old Ties Into One Reversible Bow Tie
Before I started, I created a paper pattern by placing one of my store bought bow ties on a piece of Kraft paper and then tracing around it. Once I cut the paper pattern out, I was ready to get started.
Step 2: Then, using scissors and a seam ripper, I opened up the tie and removed the interfacing.
Step 3: Next, I used an iron to press the creases out of the tie. I started off with a cool iron setting and then gradually increased the heat to make sure I didn't ruin the fabric.
Step 4: With the creases removed, I used my pattern to cut the bow tie shape out of the old tie. I then repeated the process with the second tie. When I was finished, I had four bow tie pieces - two from each tie's fabric.
Step 6: Then, it was time to start piecing the tie together. Since I used contrasting fabrics for this tie, I placed one fabric face up on the table and then laid the other fabric on top of it face down. Then, I placed the interfacing on top of the two fabrics and pinned all three pieces together. Using a sewing machine, I stitched the pieces together, being certain to leave an opening at the narrow end of the tie for the next step...
Step 7: With the pieces stitched together, I then turned the bow ties right side out. To make the process a little easier, I used a pencil to help push out the seams.
Step 9: Then, I used the iron to press the bow tie pieces flat. As you can see in the photo above, once the pieces are ironed, the really start to look like a bow tie!
At this point I had two halves of a bow tie. Now, if I was making this bow tie for myself, I would pin the two pieces together so that I could find the perfect size and then stitch the two pieces together. Since Travis wanted to be able to make small adjustments to the size of his tie, I added buttons to the back of it.
Images: Jason Loper