March 11, 2015

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Bow Sleeve Tee

This is a super fast, easy technique to add to your favorite basic tee!

Today, I'm using the free Liberty Jane Trendy Tee. It's super easy to sew up, and we have it available for many different doll sizes... :)

Giveaway update: Thanks everybody for entering, we have a winner! It's Leonore, who said, "My mother taught me to tie my shoes. It wasn’t easy for either of us, because she was right-handed and I am left-handed." I am glad you figured it out -- the righty/lefty distinction can be tricky sometimes! We'll be in touch via email soon, Leonore :)

Cut out all your pieces -- and cut a couple pieces of matching ribbon. Mine are about 10" long, but you don't have to be very precise (you'll be trimming these down later). 

Follow the directions in the guidebook to sew the shoulder seams, and hem the neck edge.

Then, find the middle of your pieces of ribbon. Pin one to the outside edge of each shoulder. 

Hem the sleeves by zig-zagging over the hem edge, and turning it up once. Topstitch this single folded edge down.

Pin and sew the sleeves into the tee -- being sure you're sandwiching the ribbon between the sleeve and the body of the tee.

Trim and finish this seam, but be sure not to clip off any of the ribbon on the inside!

Finish your tee shirt, following the guidebook instructions (sew the side seams, hem the bottom, and add a closure at Center Back). 

Then, tie the ribbons up into bows, and trim the ends off neatly. If your ribbon doesn't like staying tied, you can stitch through the bows once or twice to keep them in place.

And that's it! Congratulations!

Thanks everybody, and have fun with this :)

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


78 Comments

Collette M
Collette M

March 13, 2015

My mother taught me. I love this idea for the tshirt!

Tove Edens
Tove Edens

March 13, 2015

It was mother who taught me to tie a bow. Back in those days there was no other choice with shoes and boots but laces so bow tying was a big necessity to learn. Footwear was miserable when having slipped into knots, especially when we had to remove shoes or boots in a hurry.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

March 13, 2015

Growing up with my Dad and 3 brothers, I’m positive it was my Mom who taught me to tie bows (and to sew, crochet, etc.). Sweet little bow-bedecked t-shirt, Melinda — can’t wait to make some of these — TFS!!!

Barbara
Barbara

March 13, 2015

My grandmother taught me how to tie a bow. We made doll clothes together often when I would visit. She also taught me how to sew.

Barbara
Barbara

March 13, 2015

My grandmother taught me how to tie a bow. We made doll clothes together often when I would visit. She also taught me how to sew.

Karen M.
Karen M.

March 13, 2015

My older sister taught me how to tie a bow. We didn’t always get along when we were growing up, but she was always there to teach me things like tying a bow, curling my hair, etc!!

Sue
Sue

March 13, 2015

My dad taught me to tie my shoes the bunny eared way. When I showed my Kindergarten teacher my tying skills on a practice wooden shoe she said I was doing it wrong. I was mortified – how could my dad being doing something wrong! I paid very close attention to her instructions so I could show my dad what he was doing wrong (he was less than impressed by that comment). I also am left-handed and because I didn’t want to make another mistake I learned how to make that perfect bow for shoes, hair ribbons and fancy party dresses – it always sits straight not sideways.

Melinda Cieslinski
Melinda Cieslinski

March 13, 2015

Such a cute, cute idea, and so very simple!! Sometimes it’s just a very little thing that can make a ho-hum shirt absolutely adorable ;)

Cynthia dishman
Cynthia dishman

March 13, 2015

My mother taught me how to tie many types of bows. I would use her fingers to tie certain bows. I miss that time spent together.

Helen
Helen

March 13, 2015

My older sister taught me how to tie my shoes, but a friend who learned from a florist taught me how to tie big beautiful bows.

martha
martha

March 13, 2015

No surprise – it was my mother. Now I must say my mother is very so-and-so. You don’t just tie a bow…you TIE a bow. And by that I mean there is a proper way to do it. The bow must always stand the same way. When I was a little girl, my dresses always had wide ties in the back, and they were always perfect, and almost never opened. They looked perfect everytime. Even now, my mother will retie my daughter’s bows if they are not perfect. I am thankful that she has taught me to tie such beautiful bows!

Donna
Donna

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me how to tie a bow. I like the t shirt t it my favor color.It would look go on my dauhgter 18 inch doll.

Donna
Donna

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me how to tie a bow. I like the t shirt t it my favor color.It would look go on my dauhgter 18 inch doll.

betty-anne tyler
betty-anne tyler

March 13, 2015

My mom who lived to be 93 and was still teaching me things.

Mariam
Mariam

March 13, 2015

I’m not sure who taught me how to tie a bow, but I’m guessing it was probably my mom or my sister :)

Shirley
Shirley

March 13, 2015

By the time I was 4, there were 6 of us. Out of necessity, my mother taught me how to tie my shoes. At age 70, kindergardeners at the school where I work taught me the bunny ears method.

Lois
Lois

March 13, 2015

I really do not remember who taught me to tie a bow. I would guess it was my mother, her and I spent a lot of time together when the other children went off to school. This is a really cute top. I am going to try to make it for my granddaughters.

Bella
Bella

March 13, 2015

Really cute shirt!
My mom taught me how to tie a bow, when she taught me how to tie my shoes. :-)

Cheryl
Cheryl

March 13, 2015

I really don’t remember who taught me to tie a bow – probably my mom but my dad was probably the one who taught me a beautiful bow – he wrapped the most beautiful gifts!

Stephanie
Stephanie

March 13, 2015

my Mom was a seamstress, so she taught my sisters ms I how to tie beautiful bows! Find memories.

Cards D
Cards D

March 13, 2015

My dad and mom both worked for forever trying to teach me to tie a shoelace bow- but I don’t think I ever got it right. I fell into a habit of somehow tying them upside down, so they always twist around? Anyway, I’m a adult and my mom still laughs (gently) at me for my inability to tie a bow properly!

Megan
Megan

March 13, 2015

I don’t remember who taught me to tie a bow.. probably both my mom and dad. I remember the first time I tied my shoes though.

Laina
Laina

March 13, 2015

My mom or dad taught me how to tie my shoes, but I taught myself to tie a ‘pretty bow’ for my doll’s hair ribbons.

Garrett
Garrett

March 13, 2015

The first ‘Bow’ i tied was a shoelace bow. My mother drilled that one into me. The first ‘Pretty’ bow I tied was taught to me by my grandmother about the time I was becoming interested in learning to sew :)

Kathy
Kathy

March 13, 2015

I remember my grandma making perfect bows. She was a perfectionist about it and many other things. Now my youngest daughter has me tie bows for my two little granddaughters! The circle of life!!

Kathy
Kathy

March 13, 2015

I remember my grandmas making perfect bows. She was a perfectionist about it and many other things. Now my youngest daughter has me tie bows for my two little granddaughters! The circle of life!!

Linda N
Linda N

March 13, 2015

I was sadly an adult when I finally learned to tie a pretty bow. I am left handed and my bows always ended up facing the wrong way. It was my sister-in-law that showed me that if I started tying the bow the opposite way my bows would end up straight. Never to old to learn!

Gail
Gail

March 13, 2015

I can’t remember who taught me how to tie my shoes, but it was probably my mom. I taught all of our children how to tie their shoes. It will be fun to teach our daughters how to make the bows for this cute shirt.

Susan Jane from Indy
Susan Jane from Indy

March 13, 2015

My mom and my dad taught me! The loops were two bunnies and they chased each other around and then one went under the bush. When he came out they hugged. Easy Peasy. :)

Joan D.
Joan D.

March 13, 2015

My Mom taught me but it wasn’t easy for I am left handed. I do it backwards compared to right handed people. Years later I didn’t think about it when it came time to teach our son. He was having a hard time learning how to do it due to his left handed Mother trying to teach him. When he was a grown up someone watched him tie his shoes and said “You tie your shoes backwards” A light bulb went on and I realized why he had problems. Poor kid.

Sally
Sally

March 13, 2015

I fondly remember my Mom brushing my long hair. She did break many brushes over my head if I did not sit still. The Fuller brush man made good money at our house with Mom, Dad and their 5 daughters. After my braids were done she tied pretty bows on the ends. I Loved them.
She patiently taught my to tie bows for my braids and my shoes. She also taught me to sew so I will be making this cute top with the bows on it.

Nancy
Nancy

March 13, 2015

My grandfather taught me how to tie a bow so that when he got older I would be able to tie his shoes and bow ties. Which I did!

Florence
Florence

March 13, 2015

My dad taught me how to tie my shoes and my mom taught me to make a pretty bow to tie a sash.

Chris
Chris

March 13, 2015

My dad taught me in one afternoon when I was almost 5 years old… I miss him…

Kendra
Kendra

March 13, 2015

Like others, I don’t remember exactly if it was my mom, but I have to believe it was. I do remember, that I didn’t get taught the bunny ears method, because I remember I was amazed to learn there was more than one way to tie a bow! Cute tee!

Bea
Bea

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me how to tie a bow – with practice on a square of cardboard and shoelace ! I remember showing all my friends my new trick! When it came time to teach my children, I used the same method. Tried and true!

Carolyn
Carolyn

March 13, 2015

Fun summer tee! Just what we need after the winter we’ve had in Boston!!!

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

March 13, 2015

I am having trouble remembering who exactly taught me. I do remember having to practice it in Kindergarten, and I do remember having a heck of a time learning as I was left handed! =) I had to have my husband teach my son, as it was not working out for me, a left, to teach him a right!

Vicki in MN
Vicki in MN

March 13, 2015

It is a super cute T but adding that ribbon just sent it over the top!! Thanks so much for the tute!

Sophie T
Sophie T

March 13, 2015

Super cute t-shirt and fun tutorial! Thank you! I would love to enter the giveaway!

Who taught you to tie a bow? I can hardly remember, but I’m pretty sure it’s my mom! I do remember teaching my kids, though!

Joanne O.
Joanne O.

March 13, 2015

My mother taught me how to tie my shoes and make a bow.

Cherry
Cherry

March 13, 2015

I learned to tie a bow from my grandmother. From a very early age, we would spend several weeks in the summer at her house in the country. It was a lot of fun because we had to pump water and carry it into the house, use an outhouse and feed the animals (chickens, pigs and horses). I taught my kids at a very early age because my grandmother showed me an easy trick for tying my shoes.

Bethany
Bethany

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me to tie a bow. It took a lot of telling me and retelling me how to do it. :-)

jo
jo

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me to tie a bow.

Linda K
Linda K

March 13, 2015

I can’t remember who taught me to tie a bow I think it was my dad he was the one who showed me how to do a lot of different things as I was growing up.

Kathy Updegraff
Kathy Updegraff

March 13, 2015

My mother taught me how to tie my shoes. But my sister taught me how to make pretty bows for crafts. I miss them both.

Denise
Denise

March 13, 2015

I suppose it was my mother -she seemed to do everything that needed to be done. Time has passed and now I am the mum teaching her four-year old!

Linda
Linda

March 13, 2015

I think both mom and dad taught me how to tie bows. When I had trouble one or the other would pitch on and help. I think I was a slow learner, still am at some things. Lol

Laurie
Laurie

March 13, 2015

To tie a little, neat bow was all taught to me by You Tube. If I went back to my very first bow, I would have to say my mom….moms are the best:-)

Debbie
Debbie

March 13, 2015

So very cute. I can’t wait to try this. Perhaps today.

Annie Dee
Annie Dee

March 13, 2015

My mom. She was an amazing woman and a great inspiration. Miss her so much

Robin
Robin

March 13, 2015

While my mom taught me how to tie my shoes, mygrandma(who quilted and crafted every day that I can remember) taught me how to make it pretty!

Jane Martinez
Jane Martinez

March 13, 2015

I learned how to tie a bow the same way I learned most everything: I followed pictures in a book —That is for a real bow that lies with the full bow part out to the left and right, not up and down. That is how I learned to knit, to sew, to play tennis, to ice skate, to use good table manners, etc.

Marty
Marty

March 13, 2015

My great-uncle was a rural ag-feed salesman who had great patience and humor: he taught me how to tie the laces on my shoes, how to shake a dirty rug and how to keep smiling and helping others after his leg was amputated and he was confined to a wheelchair. He didn’t have wealth and lived in a shabby llittle house, but he treasured people and flowers. Oh, such laughter and enjoyment with each day in his presence!

Sharon D
Sharon D

March 13, 2015

Clever idea. You could embellish the ribbon by adding one or two bead at the ends and tie a knot to secure them. Love this website!

Jean
Jean

March 13, 2015

I assume it was my mother—it was too long ago

Amanda
Amanda

March 13, 2015

My mom had taught me how to tie a bow when I was about three or four years old, “bunny ears” and all!

Paige S
Paige S

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me, I think.

Kim
Kim

March 13, 2015

My mom definitely taught me how to tie my shoes. I remember practicing a lot!

Kim
Kim

March 13, 2015

This is so cute! I appreciate the free patterns and tutorials!

Tracy
Tracy

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me how to tie my shoes so I guess she taught me how to tie a bow. Then when I had my own daughters and began to sew for them, I would say trial and error taught me how to make them look better.

Kitty DeLapp
Kitty DeLapp

March 13, 2015

One of my earliest memories is of my father teaching me to tie my high top white toddler shoes. I practiced and practiced! One day I was thrilled to be able to do it.

Lara
Lara

March 13, 2015

My Mom taught me to tie a bow for shoes then the perfect one years later when I had to tie them on the back of dresses. It’s turned out to be a blessing with a daughter.

Marlene
Marlene

March 13, 2015

Mom taught me to make a bow, and years of practice have perfected it! Cute tee! Why didn’t I think of that before?!

Jen
Jen

March 13, 2015

It was my mom that taught me to tie a bow

Anna Sothman
Anna Sothman

March 13, 2015

I love it! Can’t wait to get out my sewing machine and make this!

Denise
Denise

March 13, 2015

This brought back a great memory. My aunt taught me how to tie a bow. Oddly enough, she is a lefty and I am a righty. I have no idea how I ever learned. I remember sitting in her lap while she patiently showed me over and over again. She is a great teacher because she also taught me how to crotchet.

Marian
Marian

March 13, 2015

My mother taught me to tie a bow. When my youngest child was 4 (many years ago) he looked at me very seriously and said “You tie shoes backwards.” My mother was left handed, I am right handed. He very quickly got his dad to teach him to tie his shoelaces. He would tie mine as a little child because they looked so odd. Finally, about a month ago, I found a site on Pinterest which taught me to tie a proper bow RIGHT HANDED!!!

Robin Raymor
Robin Raymor

March 13, 2015

I think probably my mom taught me how to tie a bow but I don’t really remember. Cute idea with the bow.

Patsy
Patsy

March 13, 2015

I watched my husband tie his shoes, It is so different, he ties the bow upside down. Watching his mother is the way he does it. So looking down on her , he does everything in reverse. Stays tied!..,

Cindy
Cindy

March 13, 2015

My Mom taught me. I remember she also taught me how to make tiny bows using some ones two fingers and I would have to hold them just so far apart while she tied the ribbon into bows these were for sew on bows. She would tie the most perfect bows on our dresses with sashes. Love thus t-shirt.

Kathy
Kathy

March 13, 2015

My mom taught me how to tie a bow. This was not an easy feat, since she was left-handed and I am right-handed. She also taught me how to crochet and knit. When she was in a care facility and about 92 years old, she asked me to remind her how to crochet a ripple blanket. She went on to make at least a dozen afghans! She stopped crocheting a few weeks before she passed away, just shy of her 97th birthday. She was quite a role model.

sylvia
sylvia

March 13, 2015

It was my Aunt, who was actually my mom’s twin. They both left school and went into the rag trade in England. My mom was a cuyyer and learned how to use the huge cutting machines, that sliced through many layers of fabric, whilst my aunt besame the seamtress. Between then both they completed the outfits. My aunt used to take home piecework for extra cash and one of these jobs was making up bows for the little girls dresses. She taught my cousin and I how to make these tiny bows, as she sat all evening and ended up with piles of them by the time she went to bed. p.s. my mom taught me how to make french knots and to smock! I hope I win this pretty t shirt and I’ll tell my granddaughter this story, as I teach her to make tiny bows too!

Catherine
Catherine

March 13, 2015

My grandmother taught me how.

Donna B
Donna B

March 13, 2015

In college, while waiting for a friend to tie her shoes, I noticed she tied bows the same way I did – backwards from everyone else. That was when I realized I tied bows left handed, even though I’m right handed. I had known for years that I tied them differently from everyone else, but it wasn’t until I watched my friend do it the same way I did, that I realized why. Just to make sure, we ran around the dorm making everyone tie a bow without telling them why until they were done. My mother was left handed and she had taught me.

Amanda S
Amanda S

March 13, 2015

I don’t remember who taught me how to tie a bow, but my mother was a stay at home mom at the age I would have learned, so I would guess it would have been her. ( But I also remember having a pair of Velcro shoes at one point—-no bow tying required-hehe!). Thanks for another great tutorial. That tee is so cute, I can’t wait to try out that technique!

Donna
Donna

March 12, 2015

I don’t remember who taught me to tie a bow. It was a long time ago! I do know that when I make my bows they have to be just so. Practice makes perfect I was always taught.

Jesica
Jesica

March 12, 2015

Honestly, I cannot remember who taught me to tie a bow. But, I do remember my Aunt telling me the way to “tie a perfect bow every time”. How to make sure you don’t turn anything upside down and it always lays flat and perfect.

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