Adjustable Strap Bow Tie Tutorial

So many times, our posts are all about fun and frilly hair accessories for the little girls in our lives. Which means that unfortunately our poor little fellas sometimes may feel a little bit left out…but not today! Today Cherie is sharing a fun project just for those little fellas that is so cute and will make them look mighty refined and very handsome! Join Cherie as she shows us how to create a wonderful Ribbon Bow Tie perfect for all of those special events, church goings or for family picture opts. Enjoy!

There are so many fun things to make for girls, but today is more about boys!  I have 3 boys and 1 girl, and I love that I get to make fancy dresses and bows for just one girl and easy bow ties for my boys.  Today I’m going to show you how to make an adjustable strap bow tie with RIBBON that’s so so easy!  This should really only take about 15 minutes to make!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 1/2″ Ribbon
  • 7/8″ Ribbon
  • Bow Tie Hardware
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire or a Needle and Thread
  • Lighter

Lodge Plaid
Bow Tie Hardware
Bow Tie Button
Start by cutting your 1 1/2″ ribbon to about 20″ and seal the ends with a lighter.  This is for the bow tie.

The reason I cut the ribbon to 20″ is so that I could wrap it around itself 2 1/2 times.  This makes the bow tie have enough structure without having to use interfacing.  The actual length of the bow tie is 4″.

After the ribbon is wrapped around itself, pinch it and secure it with wire or a needle and thread. Use a 1 1/2″ strip of 7/8″ ribbon to cover the wire.  Glue it to the back.

Put the bow tie to the side for a bit and lets work on the strap. Cut a piece of the 7/8″ ribbon to 18″ and seal both ends.  Slide the hook piece of the bow tie hardware and glue the end down to secure it in place.

Now slide the other pieces of the hardware onto the ribbon in this order: slider then the eye.  As you can see the ribbon is going through the top slit of the slider and the eye is facing up.

Fold the ribbon over and take the end through the bottom slit of the slider and glue it in place.  It looks tricky but it’s not I promise!

Now you have an adjustable strap! So easy!

Slide the strap to the smallest you want it to adjust to and glue the bow tie on the part of the ribbon that’s not doubled over.

That’s really all it takes to make this bow tie!  The hardware seems like it’s going to be tricky, but it’s not!

The reason this bow tie is so easy is because it’s made with ribbon instead of fabric.  There are so many more steps to this if you use fabric.  The Ribbon Retreat has so many fun ribbons, I would never personally want to go to all that extra work!

Because it’s so dang fun to match little kids, I made my daughter a little matching headband with 3 Frayed Shabby Chiffon Flowers and some Fold Over Elastic.
Next time you have a special event make your own bows and bow ties!  Much cuter and much cheaper!

Thank you Cherie for sharing such a fun project for BOYS! I love, love, love how easy this bow tie is and how many fun designs, prints or colors of ribbon you could use to create multiple bow ties for your little guy! Match him with your little girl’s outfits, a wedding party, etc. With these quick and easy directions and a little time out of your day, you could quickly make enough bow ties for your little guy to wear all year long!

Do you need more fabulous projects for your little guy? Make sure to check out all of our boy inspired projects HERE. Here are a few of those All About Boys projects you will find…

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  1. Cherie
    Posted February 20, 2015 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Hi again! I forgot to say that this bow tie fits about everyone! It can go smaller than my 3 year olds neck and fits my other two boys (8 & 10) and even my husband!

    Posted February 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm | Permalink


  3. Posted February 24, 2015 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I wanted to buy my 5 bow tides for my grandchildrens. They look so pretty and vinatage, looking around the prices were too high from 10 to 18 dollars ea. You go figure out how much that will be. So I started looking for a great tutorial, when I found yours. And this is the one I`m going to follow. Thank you very much for the inspiration. Visiting from Mondy Funday

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Fabiola! Yay! I am so glad you found this fun tutorial. You are going to love making these fun bow ties for your grandchildren! Have so much fun with these and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted March 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    This is too adorable! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! #tttparty

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Christie! Thank you so much! I am so glad you like this fun Bow Tie! Have a great day and thank you again for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  5. Jill Leiser
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi there. I’m making this tie and I’m got the strap made and the bow made, but it’s not clear to me how you know where to glue the bow on? What if I want to make a one-size-fits-all bow tie? Is that possible?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 17, 2015 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Hi Jill! Thank you for your question. Cherie suggests…After all the hardware is all in place adjust the strap to go the smallest you would want it to go. Then glue the bow right by the hardware. This will make it a one size fits all. I hope this helps. Good luck and thank you again! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  6. trinella Hinex
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Is there a video for this tutorial..?. I love you this..I Apologize if there is and I overlooked it.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Hi Trinella! I am so sorry but as of right now, we do not have a video tutorial for this cute Bow Tie! I will gladly pass along your wishes for one however! Thank you so much Trinella and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  7. trinella Hinex
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Typo above meant to say ..I love this tutorial.. And I love the “ribbon retreat.”… 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Thank you Trinella! You are awesome! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  8. Posted May 30, 2016 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for share this bow tie tutorial. Can you create video to make double layer bow tie?

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