It all started with my niece’s wedding. I decided it would be nice for my son to wear a bow tie for the occasion, until I went shopping for one and saw how ugly and expensive they were. I thought, how hard can it be to make a bow tie? Turns out, not that hard at all!
I didn’t take the time to document the making of the tie my son wears above. For this tutorial, dear readers, I made a brand new tie to show the process. I also made it as a gift and I hope the person who will receive it doesn’t spoil their Christmas morning by reading this post.
1. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric 2 1/2″ x 11″, one piece of white felt 2 1/2″ x 11, and one piece of fabric 2 1/2″ x 4″.
2. Take the two long strips, with the right sides facing, and place them on top of the felt.
3. Sew a 1/4″ seam around three sides, and snip off the corners. Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half lengthwise and sew up the side, using a 1/4″ seam.
4. Turn both pieces right side out. Press the small piece flat, making sure the seam is centered in back. Use a chopstick or a knitting needle to push out the corners of the larger piece of fabric.
5. Tuck in the ends of the 2.5″ x 11″ strip and sew. Join the ends and sew together by hand or machine, so it looks like a fabric bracelet.
6. Fold in half, with the sewn seam on the outside. Sew a one inch seam in the center, a little less than a 1/2″ from the edge, make sure it goes through all of the layers.
9. Fold the top and bottom of the bow tie toward the back, take the 2 1/2″ x 4″ piece of fabric and wrap it tightly around the center and hand stitch. This will also hide the cuts and keep the clip in place.
10. Voila a new bow tie! That wasn’t so hard was it?