Infant Bow Tie

Infant Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My little guy has a special occasion coming up on Sunday.

My mom gave me the outfit that my brother wore when he was blessed 25 years ago. 🙂

It’s so cute! But I wanted to add something to it to make it a little more modern.

I thought a bow tie would be the perfect addition!

– Supplies –

1 1/2″ Double Faced Satin Ribbon
(If you are making a bigger bow, you want a wider width like 2 1/4″ or even 3″ ribbon)
1/4″ Coordinating Ribbon
3/8″ Coordinating Ribbon
3/8″ Elastic
Needle and Thread (or sewing machine)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
(Optional) Double Sided Adhesive

Cut your 1 1/2″ ribbon.
I cut mine to be 7 inches long.

Put your double sided adhesive on the end of one side.

Fold your ribbon over to create a loop.

Put your needle and thread through the center of your loop.
Make sure the seam is in the back.

Then just like a normal bow, you will tighten the center. Do this accordion style.

You want to do less folds for this bow tie. I only have two folds.

Pull your thread around and stitch in the back.

Your main bow tie is done.

Next, cut your elastic and two coordinating ribbons.

For the elastic, you can measure it around the neck of the shirt or your infant. You DO NOT want this to be tight around the neck. Mine is pretty loose, but stays up well.

I cut the 3/8″ coordinating ribbon to be 5 inches. The 1/4″ coordinating ribbon was 3 inches.

Take your elastic and sew it together.
I did two zig-zag stitches on the edges.

Take your 3/8″ coordinating ribbon and sew it onto the elastic.
Cut off the ends of the ribbon and seal with your preferred tool.

Get your bow and put hot glue in the center.

Put the bow tie onto the center of the ribbon on the elastic.

Put hot glue onto the center of your bow.

Get your 1/4″ coordinating ribbon and put it on the glued center of the bow tie.

Put hot glue on the back of the bow tie, on the elastic.

Then you will bring one side of the ribbon around the elastic, cut and seal the ends. Bring the other side of the ribbon around the elastic, cut and seal.

And you’re done! Now you have a handsome bow tie for your little guy!

Infant Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Infant Bow Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

There are a variety of ways to do this bow tie so don’t be afraid to make it your own.
And if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.

I can’t wait for my little guy to wear this on Sunday! He is going to be so handsome! 🙂

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  1. Cherie
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Very cute!

  2. Brittany
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink


  3. Lora A
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Really Cute!

  4. Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    This is very cute! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  5. Laura Wulff
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    This is such a cute idea! I think the only thing I would do different is maybe velcro in the back so it could be pulled off easily. I’m one of those paranoid Mom’s! LOL!

    • Shirley
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      Laura – I totally understand! Which is why mine is SO loose. I think velcro is a great idea!

  6. Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    So cute! Good luck on Sunday!

    P.S. Are you LDS?

  7. doray
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Hi. Now, I am thinking I could make this elastic adjustable. Any recs on how long to cut the elastic when making adjustable? Anyone know the average size for 0-3, 3-6, 6-12 mos?? Thanks

    • Shirley
      Posted July 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      The one that I made is 12 inches including the overlap. My son is 0-3 months. But my 2 year old was running around with it on today and it wasn’t too tight, so I am not sure how to do the sizes. The overlap is about 3/4″.

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