DIY Liberty Fabric Bow Tie

Davina here - It was Nick and my 6 year wedding anniversary last weekend and for our anniversary I decided to make him a Liberty Print Bow Tie, which I rubber stamp printed on one side lots of 6s with fabric ink for him to wear on the day but then use the other side in future.


What you need to make a Liberty Print Bow Tie:

  • A small amount of Liberty Fabric print (quarter a meter is more than enough)
  • Velcro
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread

 

Fabric A: Top left/ Fabric B; Bottom and Fabric CL Top right

Fabric A: Top left/ Fabric B; Bottom and Fabric CL Top right

How to make a Liberty Print Bow Tie:

  1. Buy some lovely Liberty Print fabric - I buy mine from Church Street Market, where you can buy some prints for as little as £7 a meter! You will only need a small amount - buy as little as you can. A quarter will do.
  2. Iron fabric.
  3. Cut out three pieces in the following sizes: A: 16 x 15 cm B: 50 x 5 cm and C: 6 x 5 cm
  4. Fold fabric A in half to make it 8 x 15 cm with right side facing inwards.
  5. Sew around the sides leaving a gap to turn the right way round. I left my gap in the middle.
  6. Turn the right way round and use a pencil to poke out the corners. Iron flat.
  7. Sew the hole neatly together.
  8. Now turn the edges in of Fabric B  (see photo) - use an iron to do this neatly. Fold side edges too. 
  9. Now fold Fabric B in half and iron down so sharp fold.
  10. Sew together ensuring you are sewing over the folds.
  11. Repeat step 8 & Step 9 with Fabric C
  12. Now fold Fabric C in half and sew together to join it so its a loop - turn the right way and flatten hem. 
Step 4: Fabric A folded in half to sew

Step 4: Fabric A folded in half to sew

Step 8: Turning and ironing edges of Fabric B inwards

Step 8: Turning and ironing edges of Fabric B inwards

Step 11: Iron edges in of Fabric C and then fold in half and sew in place

Step 11: Iron edges in of Fabric C and then fold in half and sew in place

Step 12: Now fold Fabric C in half and sew together to join it so its a loop - turn the right way and flatten hem

Step 12: Now fold Fabric C in half and sew together to join it so its a loop - turn the right way and flatten hem

Finished bow tie with lots of 6s printed on it (only on one side!)

Finished bow tie with lots of 6s printed on it (only on one side!)

Other handmade anniversary gifts:

I also looked up what the traditional gifts are for 6 years and found that they are iron and sugar. I took him out for a really good steak on Saturday night to the Grain Store in Edinburgh as his main present (as there is plenty of iron in steak!!). I also Trodat stamped ‘We Are 6’ on tissue paper and hand wrapped some of his favourite sweets with the paper. For his card I bought a packet of sugar cubes and created a 6 against my Liberty print tray to match the bow tie but also go with sugar them. 

My 6 Year Anniversary Card to Nick - apparently 6 years is sugar..

My 6 Year Anniversary Card to Nick - apparently 6 years is sugar..