Holly Berry Bowtie Tutorial

The perfect Christmas accessory, whether you are young or old…

My dad has had this Christmas bowtie for as long as I can remember, and he wears it every Christmas morning, and only then.  My parents used to make us get dressed into nice Sunday best clothes.  I’m not exactly sure why…maybe it was to remember what the holiday is about, amidst all the gift frenzy.  But no Christmas morning would be complete without my Daddy’s bowtie.  
And now I can carry on the tradition with my family.  
And so can you!
Want to make yours?
Step 1:  Make sure you have green felt, red poms, and elastic (I just used a thin elastic which you’ll see later.)  Step 2:  Make your template for the leaf.  Step 3:  Trace your template onto the felt, cut out two (for one bowtie) or more…trust me, you will be making more. 
Step 4:  Sew lines into each felt leaf, if you desire.  I used white thread so it would really pop.  Step 5:  Cut a small rectangle of felt.  Overlap the leafs slightly and then use the felt to secure the leaves together. 
Step 6:  Here’s where the elastic comes in.  Cut a length that is just about the same size as your child’s neck.  You don’t want it tighter so it would be uncomfortable or choking, so it’s better to be a little loose.  Plus they will be wearing it with a collar anyway.  Step 7:  Stitch down one side, taking care to stitch the same direction and your leaf’s ‘veins’ so it doesn’t stick out weird.  Make sure your elastic isn’t twisted, then stitch down the other side. 
Step 8:  Cut another rectangle and sew it over the top of everything.  Your bowtie should be sturdy and sewn securely.  Step 9:  Hot glue on your poms for the berries.  Clip all threads and voila!  The cutest thing ever…love Roy.  <– (name that quote!)
Wouldn’t this be so fun for your Christmas card picture??  Um, so I’m probably way late with that idea, sorry.  And if you don’t have any boys, make it into a headband for you or your little gal! 

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Comments

  1. This is such a sweet tradition.

  2. Better off Dead?
    So funny that you made these this year, I was thinking about getting a new one for Dad! Or a new one for Mark. But mine wouldn't possible look as good as yours, would you make one for him instead? Hey, Matthew, Max, & Miles would like them too…

  3. Ross & Amanda Goodman- but mostly Amanda :) says:

    it would be a cute headband for a girl too.

  4. Now that is just plain cute! Love it – especially because it's tough to find sweet holiday clothing for boys as they get older. Would love if you linked this to myCraftastic Monday & Handmade Holidays parties:)

  5. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    SO ADORABLE!!

  6. This is sooo cute!!! Would be awesome for Christmas photos!!

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-holly-leaf-bow-tie-for-little-boys/2010/12/16/

    –Anne

  7. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-christmas-holly-craft-ideas/

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  8. This is Amazing; I have a co-worker whose grandfather used to wear this each Christmas. Could I perhaps pay for your services to make a few?

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