How To Make A Bow Tie

How To Make A Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Making your own cute Bow Ties is easy peasy!
You can make one (or more!) in one sitting.

I am already thinking of who I can gift some Bow Ties to because they are THAT MUCH FUN to make! 🙂

– Supplies –

Fabric (fat quarters work great! 1/4 Yard works too.)
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Needle and Thread
Sew On Velcro

The first step is to cut out our fabric pieces.
I will give you my measurements for the two I did,
and then I will also give you HOW I got those measurements so you can change it up
if you want a bow tie that is fuller or smaller.

Cut out four pieces of fabric and one piece of the fusible fleece interfacing.

A – cut TWO pieces 2.5″ x 8.5″ (my smaller bow tie is 2.25″ x 7.5″)

If you want the height of the bow to be 3″, add .5″ for seams so your height would be 3.5″.
3″ + .5″ = 3.5″”

If you want your bow to be wider, like 4.5″, double it and then add .5″ for seams.
4.5″ x 2 = 9″ + .5″ = 9.5″.

For a 3″ high, 4.5″ wide bow, you would cut TWO pieces at 3.5″ x 9.5″.

Just do a little experimenting if you’re not sure what you’d like. Honestly, I think bow ties look awesome whether they are small, big, skinny, or fat. They are adorable!!

B – cut one piece at 2″ x 3.5″.
This is for the center of the bow tie.

You can also change these measurements if you’d like a skinnier or fatter center.

C – cut one piece at 3″ x 15″.
This is for the neck band.
Using this measurement, the band will be 5/8″ in height.

The 15″ is what worked for my son’s neck. You will want to measure your child’s neck with their button up shirt on. Then add 2″ to that measurement.
13″ + 2″ = 15″.

For the height, if you’d like it bigger, choose how big you want it and times it by four.
1.5″ x 4″ = 6″

D – cut this piece slightly smaller than your two pieces in A.
2″ x 8″ or .5″ less than your measurements on all sides.

On one of your A pieces, iron on the Fusible Fleece Interfacing (piece D).
On patterned fabric, iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric.

Next we are going to sew the two A pieces together.

If you have patterned fabric, place them right sides together.

Sew around the two pieces leaving one end opened. Remember to backstitch.
Use a 1/4″ seam or less.

Then clip your corners; be careful to not cut the stitching.

Turn right side out.
Make sure to push the corners out.
I like to use That Purple Thang.

Now fold in the ends that were not sewn.
Press the ends and smooth out the wrinkles with your iron.

Now fold your sewn piece so the ends are lined up.
Sew the ends together, making sure to sew the opened end shut at the same time.

You can do this by machine or hand. Machine is easier,
but sloppier for me since it’s so hard to get it under the needle. 🙂

After you’ve sewn the ends together, center that seam in the back and press your finished piece.
Set aside.

Now we are going to work on the neck band.
This is your piece C.

Lay out your piece of fabric and fold in the ends and press them down.
Then sew the folded pieces down.

After you’ve sewn the ends down, fold the piece in half lengthwise and press.

Open your fabric and fold the top half edge to the fold line you just made.
Press with your iron.

Then fold the bottom half edge to the fold line and press.

Fold again along the first fold line you made.
The raw edges will be inside.

Sew along the length of your neck band.
Sew along the open edge.

Here is how it looks all finished.

Next we will sew on our velcro pieces.

How large you want your velcro is up to you. I only had 1″ velcro so I cut the edge down to smaller than 5/8″ and about 1 1/2″ in length.

Place the soft side on one end (with the stitching of the neck band on the bottom).
Sew in place.

Then to make sure you sew the other side on correctly, shape the neck band as you would when fastening it so you know where to place your other piece.

Then sew in place.

Your neck band is finished. Set it aside.

Next we will sew the center fabric for the Bow Tie (piece B).

Fold in the ends and press.

Fold your fabric in half length wise and sew along the raw edge.

Bring your seam to the center and press your piece.
The seam will be inside, so there is no need to turn it out.

Now go back to your first pieces that we sewed together.

Fold it in half by pinching the center in the back.

Then take your needle and thread through the back, going through the whole piece.

Fold the top and bottom towards the back.
(This is to create ONE fold, if you wish to have two, squeeze your piece in that way.)

While holding the shape of your bow, bring the thread back around and go through the folded fabric.

Wrap your thread around the bow a few times to secure the shape.
Finish by taking a few stitched in the back.

It may look a little wonky like mine, but as long as the shape is correct,
our center piece will cover the center! 🙂

Now all three pieces are finished and ready to be put together.

Place the bow tie on the center of the neck band.
Stitch it together. I did this by going through the neck band and then only one layer of the bow tie.

Next place your center on your bow and wrap it around.
Move it around so when you stitch it together, the seam will be in the center.

Using your needle and thread, whipstitch the center together.

All finished!!!

How To Make A Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Since I have two boys, I got to make more than one. 🙂

How To Make A Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And they are absolutely adorable on!!

How To Make A Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}(I have a tutorial on how to take pictures like this coming soon!)

And if you want something Christmasy, check out our Christmas fabrics!
Have fun crafting for your boys!

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  1. Selena
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I NEED THAT FABRIC!!!!!!!!! in the background so nice!!!!!! can i have the cute lil boy too? jk

  2. Posted December 9, 2011 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    I have been searching for bow tie instructions forever! I cannot wait to make these! Thank you so much Bow ties are “in” for everyone this year (at least they will be in my house and in my shoppe!

  3. Posted December 9, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Cant wait for the tutorial on how to take pics I need help 😮

  4. Wendy
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I just bought the little boy’s bow tie clip from your site – do you have any tutorials for making the clip-on version of this? Thanks!:)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Wendy! We don’t have a tutorial for the neck tie clip into a bow tie. We are searching for a supplier for a bow tie clip on. Hopefully we’ll find one soon! The way the neck tie clip is shaped, makes it really difficult to use for a bow tie. To make the bow tie easier, I just use 5/8″ ribbon for the neck strap. That cuts out like 30 minutes of sewing for me. I hope this helps! Thanks for your comment! – Shirley 🙂

  5. Wendy
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Oops, nm. Looks like it was a neck tie clip that I bought – not a bow tie clip:(

  6. Ke
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi! After not being able to find kiddy stores that sell bow ties in the area and if you do, they don’t have your colour, I decided to make my own with your instructions. I just finished making a bow tie for my ring bearer for my wedding and it turned out perfect! Thank you!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Oh I bet it was absolutely adorable! There is nothing cuter than a little man wearing a bow tie. I am glad you loved the tutorial. Congratulations on your wedding too! – Shirley 🙂

  7. Posted August 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I just made one for my 2 year old and my 5 year old liked it so much he asked me to make him one.. I have a feeling there will be more bow ties in my near future.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      That is too cute!! My three year old asks to wear them for church every week. I remember a time when he would just pull them off. I love little boys in bow ties. So precious! I bet your boys are absolutely adorable in them! – Shirley 🙂

  8. Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Great tut! So easy to understand!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  9. Christina
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Your tutorial is really fabulously done! The pictures are very nice and the descriptions are well done 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Christina! Thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad you like this fun tutorial! Thank you again and have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

  10. Jillian
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Would you happen to know how long a bowtie should be for a 4 year year old?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jillian! Thank you for your question! Cherie created instructions for an adjustable strap for the bow tie so it is the same measurement for pretty much anybody from 2 to adult. However, the average size of a four year old neck should be somewhere around 17″. I hope this helps. Good luck and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  11. Posted May 30, 2016 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Amazing tutorial.. How long a bow tie for adult? Can you make a tutorial for double layer bow tie? thank you..

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