Nearly 8 weeks ago I blogged about the new baby boy elephant cupcakes and custom baby boy onesies I made for the arrival of a sweet baby boy - a very cute and squishy addition to our friends' family. Wow 8 weeks!? Seems like a long time already for this little baby, which means I think it is definitely time I blogged more about the custom onesies I made, just as I promised.
When I first blogged about the onesies I was so thrilled with everybody's kind words and compliments, and especially excited to see, that just like me - everyone's favourite seemed to be the bow tie onesie! Yey! I'm still so happy with how it turned out, and I love that everyone else did too - thank you for your comments and repins :-)
Firstly I purchased a white onesie (this one was a size 6-12months, thinking he could grow into his 'smart suit' in a few months time!). I chose white to act like a smart white dress shirt :-)
I knew that I wanted to create 2 bow ties so that the colours/patterns could be interchangeable... and then to find a way to attach the bow ties, meaning that I could make future bow ties with the same fixings on for endless possibilities. That means everything you'll see will be twice over as I made 2 bow ties but the measurements I give will be for 1.
So here goes. I chose some really cute and soft flannel fabric I got in JoAnn's on my most recent US trip. I knew a baby was coming so this definitely inspired the purchase, and it worked perfectly for the bow ties - I love the fabric design and thought it was so appropriate for a baby boy. Thank you JoAnn's!
1. Start with 1 rectangle of fabric cut to 9" x 4" and 1 smaller piece cut to 2.5" x 1.5".
2. Fold right sides in lengthwise and pin. These are the top edges you are going to sew shut.
3. Machine sew in a similar colour thread (I used white) along the pinned top edges. (As these aren't huge projects they are probably something that could be hand sewn as well if you don't have access to a machine)
5. Turn the fabric inside out so that the right side is now showing and admire your pretty baby fabric you chose :-)
You will then have tubes of fabric, one big long rectangle that will be the main part of the bow tie, and the smaller one that will be the wrap around middle part.
6. Turn the seam so that it sits in the middle of the back and iron flat.
7. Working first with the large rectangle, fold the 2 ends towards the middle. I actually overlapped one side more so than the other - I figured if it was going to be on show then having only 1 edge visible would be better than 2! And also once I wrapped around the smaller rectangle this would then go around both edges potentially making it more secure.
This final photo is just as I was packing everything up. Don't you love the 'Stitched with ♥' ribbon!? It was a super exciting little gift from my Mum sent from England. Just had to use a little of it for this present :-) Thanks Mum!