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February 5, 2016

Books & Crafts: A #BookBlogger #CraftCircle feat. November12 + Sign-ups

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.









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45 comments:

  1. Oh right, yes neck size. Did not think of that

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  2. My son loves his Star Wars bowtie, Braine! He'll probably wear it to the winter formal at school tomorrow! :D

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    1. Awww, make sure you take a pic and tag me!

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  3. How fun, Braine! Do you know of any good crafts tutorials websites? I've been wanting to get into any kind of crafts these past few days!

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    1. I am not following a specific channel/account, I just search whatever I'm curious about, watch endless tutorials and combine it all. Hahaha!

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  4. You are so creative and I LOVE that bow tie!

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  5. I love these! I will have to order some for my boys!

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  6. Absolutely love this idea! I can't wait to see what everyone posts about. I love crafts, I'm sadly just not that talented to join. :(

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    1. Your support is most appreciate, Ali :)

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  7. Wow! I am impressed, I would never think to craft a necktie or bow tie. You are so awesome. Happy weekend.

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    1. I do it for fun, for an additional income on the side to help my book budget, and to make one of a kind things :D

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  8. Those are awesome! Sorry to hear that they were such a pain to make. They really did turn out nicely though. :)

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    1. It took a lot of tries, I'm happy I managed to figure it out.

      Thanks, Kristin!

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  9. Licensed fabrics... Joann's 60% off is a good coupon to watch. Just make sure that the fabric isn't already on sale b/c they won't allow use of it. Silk... try ebay. Sometimes you can find scraps that are just the right size. Also you might try upcycling silk ties. Might work. :)

    I love these and I can so see my cousin's boys wear the SW's one. I'll have to send him over to you!

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    1. I stalk Joann's all the time lol, in fact I was just there today to get more fabrics for a different project.

      I did see a blog post about upcycling silk ties, I might try that one of these days if I find a character fabric.

      Thanks, Melissa, I will check out ebay.

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  10. Love it! I need to get some bows for my hair, give it a try. I think Melissa had some good tips, I like the idea of up-cycling. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I got bows too! If you're interested, I have pics on my FB :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing a bit about how you make your bow ties. I never considered what would be involved in making those. I think it's nice you keep your products affordable. And I like your idea of going with a clip on so they fit everyone and solve the neck size problem. And the prints you use look great!

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    1. Thanks, Lola.

      I also try to put myself from a buyer's standpoint. I don't want to buy anything that's too expensive so I try to be in the middle of things.

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  12. I never would have considered that the licensed stuff would be more expensive, but I don't doubt it. Those are cute. I could see teens and young guys or even girls going for those for dress-up occasions.

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    1. Yeah, there are fangirls and boys all over and I am here to cater to their wishes :D

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  13. This is such a fun meme! Maybe I'll join in once in a while with my knitting projects.

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    1. Yes! I forgot to invite you, I'm sorry! I know you knit, you should definitely show off your stuff, Lee. You know I'm a fan :)

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  14. You're doing a great job. I would forget about neck size and all that too. Good think I'm not someone who sews or anything like that. haha I do love this idea though. I want to try sharing more of my crafts and DIY stuff. I'm excited to see everyone else's as well.

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome, Lauren! I look forward to bouncing off ideas with you :)

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  15. I love the fun prints on your bows, Braine!

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    1. Thanks, Grace! I try, you know the saying "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder", I'm hoping the labels will win them over hehehe

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  16. Hi Braine, just getting the hang of this! Would you be so kind as to remove my link until I get a post together, I just thought it was a sign up at Felicia's blog. It may be a few days or next time so better that it goes for now. Thanks.

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  17. Just added my proper link, so if you could delete the "no link" one that would be great.

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    1. Oh yikes what luck! Now this one does not link. Please rid me of both and will try entering it again.

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    2. In fact will put it in a comment link and then perhaps you could change it for me!! Kathryn from Book Date

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  18. Yay for finding all the bits you needed. That can be such a challenge!

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  19. Wow! Those look amazing! I'd love to get into this. JoAnn's has some amazing fabrics I'd love to work with! You're so crafty!
    I'm a new bloglovin' follower!
    - Elizabeth @ Book Yabber

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