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I don’t mention it often because this blog traditionally has been where I share DIY and fun crafty and baking things. (That’s the goal anyway… if I updated more often… )

But I do have a Facebook page where I sell things! I’m working on revamping Etsy. Soon… In the meantime, feel free to hop on over to my Facebook page. I have mostly earrings and jewelry for sale, but I’m hoping to increase my inventory very soon. Valentine’s Day is coming up! You know, that day you either loathe or love. Or both. I’m somehow in the both camp.

At any rate – here’s the newest thing in my shop:

Dandelion Bottle Pendants by Whisk and Thread

I made these little pendants with dandelions that I hand picked. If you’re interested in buying one, head on over to my Facebook page and you can contact me directly through there. :) Fairly soon I might do a DIY of these little guys, too. They’re a lot of fun!

Hope everyone is staying warm for winter!

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My cousin did that awesome/crazy thing and decided to have a kid. I have yet to embark on that journey, but I have been involved in many baby showers. Naturally, when I found out my only cousin was pregnant, I offered to throw the baby shower. It turned out incredibly cute thanks to some amazing help from her friends. One of the party favors (and also part of a game) involved bow ties. So here we are: Bow Tie Tutorial Extravaganza!

Okay… it’s not THAT crazy of a tutorial, but they do look really cute on The Pug. So here we go…

As it turns out, bow ties are not that difficult to make. Unless you need 40+ of them for a baby shower, in which case you need at least a bottle or two of wine and a few nights to yourself. I decided to go with felt instead of a cotton material because it seemed cheaper and a bit sturdier. That being said, I think you could probably use just about any material for this project.

Things you will need:
– Felt or material
– Scissors
– Hot glue gun
– Measuring tape
– Marker
– Clothes pin (optional but quite helpful)
– Bar pin or rubber band (not shown in photo below)
– Glass of wine and patience (also not shown in photo below…)

supplies

Directions:
1. Measure out and cut one strip of felt/fabric. I recommend 2.5″x 8.5″. Because I used felt sheets, it was much easier to measure out. (Technically you don’t have to have a marker, but I used it to mark every 2.5″ on the felt sheet of felt since I was doing a lot of these at once.)

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2. Use the hot glue gun and glue the ends together so it makes a loop.

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3. Give it a minute to cool down, and then start pinching it together to give it a bow tie look. This is hard to explain and even hard to show since I didn’t have a photo assistance. Basically, I started by folding it in half, longways (so the fold is perpendicular to the seam that you just glued) with the seam on the inside of the fold.

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Then I folded back the top flap towards me with the edge meeting that original middle fold/crease. Then turn over and fold the bottom the same way. Basically you’re making a fan fold, and it should look like a bow tie when you’re pinching it.

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4. Now for a lot of gluing. First, glue inside that first main center fold:

whertoglue felt

5. Hold it there until it’s completely dry or use that clothes pin and pin it shut while you work on others or drink your wine. Then turn it over… it’ll look something like this:

back side

6. Now glue the top and bottom flaps to that center fold. Basically put glue here and here:

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7. Pinch it closed after you’ve put glue there and hang on to it for about 20 seconds while it dries. Then you’ll notice there’s still some flap hanging out….

more gluing felt

8. Great. So just keep on gluing! You can add another drop inside those and pinch it again until it dries. And then you should be good! Now back to material. Cut another strip — about 0.5″x 2.0″ or so. This is to go around the center of the bow. You can make it wider or thinner if you like, depending on how you want the bow to look. I put it around the center of the bow and glued it in the back and cut off any excess length.

final

9. Now if you have a pin, simply glue it to the back. Or if you want to use it on a dog or cat collar, use a ponytail holder and glue it to the back instead of a pin and you’er good to go! If you use the pony tail holder make sure it’s vertical, not horizontal so it’ll go on the collar and still be the right direction.

This is actually a fairly easy project but not the easiest to explain. Please let me know if anything doesn’t make sense or if you have a better/easier way of doing this! 😀

Cheers!

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