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Boy's Bow Tie Tutorial

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Last week, I made my daughter a knot dress for Valentine's Day.  I also wanted to make my son something to wear for his Valentine's party.  (He likes to dressing in a "preppy" style- he's only in 2nd grade, but he already knows what the little girls like!)  I asked him if I he wanted to wear a bow tie to school on Valentine's Day.  I told him it would have Velcro on the back so it could be easily removed.  He liked the idea, so I got to work...
How to make a boy's bow tie- with a machine or by hand sewing. (bow tie tutorial)

How to make a boy's bow tie- with a machine or hand sewing.

The original version I made, was a little small in my opinion, so I remade it in a slightly larger version better suited for a 6 to 13 year old.  (The smaller version is the one he wore in our Valentine's day pictures.)  I will include the measurements for both sizes for those who want to make a bow tie for a smaller child.

The great thing about this project is that it is simple enough to hand sew if you don't have a sewing machine. The instructions are exactly the same no matter how you make it, but a sewing machine will take this 40 minute project down to about 10 or 15 minutes...

Smaller size bow tie
Our Valentine's Day Pictures really turned out cute!

If you are interested in making the knot dress in the pictures below, you can find the tutorial and a free printable pattern here: Knot Dress Tutorial.

Here is how to make the bow tie:

  • Scrap fabric (a fat quarter would be great)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • needle and thread (I also used a bit of glue, but glue is optional)
  • Velcro 

For the larger bow tie cut your fabric pieces to the measurements indicated below:

For a smaller bow tie, cut the main square to: 5.5 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide.  Cut the neck band to 16 inches by 2 inches and the fabric loop is the same.

Fold the bow fabric in half, longways, right sides together and sew a seam along the edge:

Flip the fabric right side out, and move the seam to the middle, as shown.  Use your fingers to "finger press" the sides flat.

Fold the bow fabric in half again, seam side out, and sew another seam along the edge:

Flip the bow fabric around again, so the seam is on the inside, and finger press the edges flat.

Find the middle of the bow fabric and scrunch it into a bow shape.  Add a few stitches to the middle to hold the bow's shape in place.

Grab the loop fabric, fold in half longways, right sides together and sew a seam along the edge.

Flip the loop fabric right side out, moving the seam to the center and finger press the edges flat.

Fold in half again, seam side out, and sew along the edge.  Flip the loop right side out, so the seam is on the inside.

Slip the bow through the loop, so the loop covers the center stitches.

Grab the neck tie strap, fold in half longways, right sides together and sew the seams marked in red below:

Flip the strap right side out and press flat with an iron.

Use a safety pin and thread the strap through the loop on the back of the bow.

Cut a your Velcro into about 3/4 to 1 inch pieces.  You will want the scratchy side of the Velcro to face out.  Attach the scratchy Velcro piece to the strap on the side with the finished edge.  You can hand or machine sew the Velcro in place.  (I got lazy and use hot glue, it adheres very well if you don't let it cool too much before attaching it to the fabric.)

 Hold the bow tie in place and mark where to put the second piece of Velcro.

Fold the unfinished edge in where you marked it and sew along the edge to close the opening.

Attach the second piece of Velcro and you are done!  Isn't it cute?

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  1. This is a great tutorial! I pinned it. My son loves bow ties and so does my nephew my sister will love this as well. Thanks!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My 4 year old is obsessed with wearing a bow tie...can't wait to make these. Visiting from tatertots and jello

  3. Oh the cuteness. I want to make one for my nephew - he's almost 4. This would be so adorable on him. Thanks for sharing how to make it!! I'm excited to try out the tutorial.

  4. This is adorable What a great tutorial, and what adorable kids! And great pictures too! All in all: you are one amazingly talented lady! I will be back to visit your blog more often!

    hugs x

  5. So cute! I've tried my hand at making bow ties before for a Halloween costume, but you've inspired me to make some for regular church use... My 14 month-old hates regular ties and tries to pull them off... Maybe he won't notice a bow tie as much. Thanks!

  6. When my son (3) saw your picture on the link up party he said, I need one of those. Thanks for writing a great tutorial so I can make him one. Bow ties are prefect for boy of all ages!
    With Love,
    ~Scary, from The Shaffer Sisters

  7. Yay, I love this and will bookmark it now! Now following!

  8. visiting from Southern Lovely, love this tutorial! While I have no sons, I might have to try this for my yorkie :)

  9. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!

  10. So cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  11. Thanks for linking up to Create & Inspire. Tonight we're featuring YOU! We hope you'll stop by!


  12. Hi Jamie,

    Your boy looks adorable. Very cute bowtie.
    I featured it here:

  13. So adorable! :) I'm featuring YOU today over on my blog. Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday. :)


  14. Thanks! Great tutorial! Just made a bow tie for my 5 year old, and his favorite stuffie (by request.) I have a feeling everyone in our household is going to be extremely well dressed thanks to you.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial. I've just finished 12 bow ties for Christmas gifts for the boys in my daughter's class!

  16. gorgeous and awesome! and so is the bow... :-) (is it early Prince William)?

  17. The one thing that would be helpful in this tuturorial is the size of the seam allowance. I ended up doing 1/2" for the long edge of the bow and a 1/4" for everything else.

  18. Yes, I agree. That would totally be helpful. the seam allowance is one quarter of an inch all the way around. I'll add it to the tutorial when I get home later today.

  19. Love this! I am DEFINITELY going to have to make this for my 9 year old son soon! Thanks for sharing :)


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