Welcome to Books & Crafts, a craft circle composed of book bloggers, a sporadic meme where we share our other creative pursuits aside from reading and blogging.
You've probably seen a few of my November12 posts. ICYMI, I got into crafting and have been making bookmarks, hair accessories, boutonnieres, and most recently, bow ties! I know I'm not the only book blogger who also crafts once in a while. So I thought I'd invite some of the blogs I follow and form a craft circle, thankfully they said YES, and now we have Books & Crafts!
Just a side-note though, this is yet another sporadic meme meaning we won't be posting on a schedule. The posts will vary so be on the look-out for fresh crafting articles from us. To make it easy, the link-up below should filter out all of our craft-related posts so you don't have to wade through our archives.
Back to craft business!
I've always wanted to make fan-inspired bow ties, and I have to admit, this has been the most challenging project for me. I didn't realize that there's a lot of moving parts in making one from the material, to the neck size, down to making patterns!
|Fabric swatches and hardware|
Now I've always wanted my product to be fun, accessible, and cheap. After much research, licensed fabrics can be expensive so going after one that's on a fancy fabric like silk is out of the question. Insisting on it will not only drive up my cost and prices, it will also be difficult to move said products. So I went with the cheaper alternative, flannel and cotton fabrics, but with fun and colorful prints.
Next is the pattern. Good lord! I didn't realize how many neck sizes there are! One thing is constant though and that is the size of the actual bow. As I'm not going to compete with Dolce & Gabbana or Hugo Boss, I decided to go with a 2x3.5 inch bow and a clip-on at that to take care of the neck-size issue.
|The fabric is flannel and I'm selling this for $7 a piece + S&H|
I had some challenges sourcing out the hardware for the bowtie, after a week of searching I finally found a local seller and ordered a few pieces. Suffice to say it went well after all the pieces became available, and I think I made a pretty decent product in the end.