Easy Boy's Bow Tie

Monday, October 21, 2013

 Hi friends!  If you think I went MIA on you, you'd be correct.  Sorry about that.

But I'm back today with a fun (and easy!) tutorial for making a boy's bow tie.

One of my friends is getting married this weekend and mentioned to me that she was having a hard time finding bow ties for her ring bearers that matched her colors.  I happened to think about it while on Pinterest a couple days later and a quick search turned up this easy tutorial by Meaghan from Meg and the Boys.  I think I ended up getting the measurements from somewhere else, and actually, my process ended up quite different from Meaghan's, so I'll share my method with you lovelies!

Believe me, if you can sew a semi-straight line, you can do this!  I would rank this project as extremely novice (just up my alley!).


Nice weight cotton fabric in the following measurements:
(1) 2" x 3 1/4"
(1) 10 1/2" x 5 3/4"
(1) 2 1/2" x 15 1/2"

Fusible interfacing:
(1) 10 1/2" x 5 3/4"

Velcro (not pictured):
3" long piece

Matching thread

Start by ironing the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the largest rectangle, which will be your bow.  Make sure to get the edges really well - somehow I always miss ironing those edges and I regret it later!

Next, it's time to sew!  Fold all of your rectangles in half length-wise and sew a straight seam on the long side using a 3/8" seam allowance.

I like to cut off as much extra seam allowance as possible before turning the rectangles right-side-out.  I think it makes it a little easier.  So trim trim trim, then turn turn turn!  That's probably the hardest part of this entire process.  Especially turning the long skinny piece.  But you can do it!  I found that sticking a pair of pliers in the opening and then pulling out the fabric worked for me.  Or just use the safety pin method.

After the pieces are turned, iron them flat with the seam at the middle back.  That's very important as you don't want to see the seam in your finished tie.

Now, fold the smallest piece and the bow tie piece in half width-wise, right sides together, and sew the ends to form a tube.

Trim your threads, then turn the tubes right side out.  Accordion fold the bow tie piece, pinch the middle and stuff it through that teeny tiny tube.  No, it doesn't seem like it will fit, but it will - trust me!

Now, to address the long skinny piece that will hold the bow tie on your favorite boy's neck.  Fold the unfinished ends toward the wrong side of the rectangle and sew closed.  Now, sew one side of the velcro on one side of the rectangle, and the other on the other side, as illustrated below.  Also, word to the wise - you should sew all the way around the velcro, not just on two sides as I did.  Do as I say, not as I do!

Slip the tie through the loop at the back of the bow tie and VOILA.  An easy, SUPER CUTE, bow tie for your favorite church-going, ring-bearing, fancy pants boy.

The great thing about using velcro is that it's easily adjustable as your boy grows.

Seeing as how I don't have any little boys in my life at the moment, my favorite bear, Lotso, had to do the modeling for me.

Isn't he precious?

He's also Sadie's arch-nemesis.  She so wants to destroy him and I won't let her.  It's killing her inside.  Maybe it's his strawberry-scented sweetness that's attracting her?

Oh and by the way, I totally didn't know he was a real thing until searching for a link and stumbling across this commercial on YouTube (circa 1983).  Who knew?

I'll be back tomorrow with my 21 and 22 weeks prego update.  Yeah, I'm a little behind seeing as how I'm already 23 weeks.  Whoops!


  1. This is such an adorable project! I think every girl should know how to tie a bow tie :)
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  2. Super cute! Hoping I can fancy up my three little boys with this tutorial!