DIY No-Sew Bow Tie : Francesca’s Bow Tie Bash

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Greetings Everyone!

Summer has flown by so quickly.  Do you agree?

This past June I was invited to teach a “fun” class for Francesca’s Corporate Employees.  Francesca’s was voted one of the top Fashion Retail Companies to work for and I can understand why.  While visiting, I was impressed by their onsite gym and bistro/cafe provided to their employees.  I also got to tour their warehouse where merchandise was shipped and received.  But not only was their facility impressive, their employees were too.  Everyone I met had a contagious smile and they were such a friendly energetic group of employees.  What a privilege to have taught them.  They made the experience so fun.    Thank you Jen H. for thinking of me and giving me this opportunity!  🙂  I was also told Francesca’s sponsored Project Runway: Under the Gunn — super cool!

Check out their lovely smiles:

Since I already had a Bow Tie tutorial, it was the perfect project to modify down to an hour.  Here were my goals for “Francesca’s Bow Tie Bash”:

*inspire the students to be creative

*teach students to learn a basic sewing technique=transferring pattern onto fabric using a tracing wheel/tracing paper

*create a clean professional finish Bow Tie

*more importantly, have fun in the 1 hour session

Here are other uses for Bow Ties: Hair Bows/Head Bands, great birthday or baby shower themes, use for gift wrapping, accessorize clothing, belts, shoes, jewelry, table scape, accent frames, etc.  You can visit my Pinterest Bow Tie Inspiration Board by clicking “here.”

I believe when a Company allows their employees to exercise their creativity, their productivity in the workplace will improve.  It gives Employees the opportunity to think outside the box and improve their ability to problem-solve.  I truly believe Francesca’s is going to be a very successful company.

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When I get into my sewing “zone,”  my mind starts to wander.  On one of those sewing nights, I reminisced about my childhood at 4 years old.   I remember waking up to a bag of bubble gum at the foot of my bed.  My Father would leave a bag of gum for us after a long day of work and studying for classes.  We hardly ever saw him while he was in school so I guess it was his way to let us know he thought of us.  He was like our secret Santa even though it wasn’t Christmas:)  When we woke up, we were the happiest children alive and it felt like Christmas.  To read a little more about my Super Dad, click “here.”   After this night of getting into my sewing zone, I went out the next day and bought a bag of bubble gum for my children.  We spent the summer chewing gum and blowing bubbles.  It was fun and I had fond memories from it.  I just hope my children will remember this summer too:)

Well, I thought I would incorporate my summer memories into the tutorial and to also thank Francesca’s.  So here it is….I hope you enjoy!  Just a warning…I’ve been feeling silly lately so you’re just going to see a silly side of me:)

{JEREMY} No-Sew Bow Tie pattern:

https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/bow-tie-1-fashion-fabric-pattern.pdf

If you would like a little sewing, here is my original {JEREMY} Bow Tie Tutorial I made in 2012.  My videos have come a long way and I want to continue improving them.  Thank YOU for watching and for all your support as I continue my journey!

Hugs!

Ann

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7 thoughts on “DIY No-Sew Bow Tie : Francesca’s Bow Tie Bash

  1. Hi. I would love to make a bowtie from your tutorial. but since i don’t have a printer.. can i get the cm measurements of the pattern? i want to make bowties to my friends, but it’s kind of hard not having any direction lines to follow. =/

    is this possible to do without glue? i mean, with an ordinary needle and some tread?

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    • Greetings Daisy! Thank you for your inquiry. I do plan on creating a tutorial for little boys in the future, but it may be in a few months. In the meantime, you can cut the Bowtie square to be 7in x 3in. For the small center square, you can use the same measurement but fold it over the center instead of meeting in the middle. Also, I recommend using a velcro to enclose the neck strap instead of an elastic band. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Regards, Ann

  3. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I was wondering what kind of fabric you recommend for the no sew now ties? The one in the video looks quite heavy. Thanks!

    • Greetings Lydia! Thank you for your inquiry. The fabric I used in the video is 100% cotton. You can always use a lighter weight fabric as well but I recommend using interfacing to give it some structure or weight. I hope that helps. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask:)

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