How To Make a Bow Tie

Bow tie DIYIn our local shop we sell tons of vintage bow ties. We could never keep them in stock, so we started making them! Clip on bow ties are easy to make. Just follow these steps and you can make a bunch of different colors in an afternoon…  

Bow tie steps1. For sewing projects we make over and over we like to make paper patterns to keep. The measurement for the large piece is 9 inches x 4.5 inches. You'll also need a matching tiny piece that is 1.25 inches x 2.5 inches. 2. Iron fusible interfacing on the back of the large piece and trim the edges if you need to. 3. Fold the long edges in towards the middle. 4. Fold both open ends in toward the middle. At this stage I like to iron it in the rectangle folds for extra crisp edges! 5. Pinch your rectangle in the center to create a bow shape and stitch it at the folds. 6. Stitch a bow tie clip on both sides (we bought ours from Etsy under "supplies") on the back of the bow tie. 7. Fold the tiny piece of fabric just like step 3, iron it, then wrap and stitch it on the center of your bow tie! 8. Done! Time to dress up!  
Finished bow tiesWe used a mini gingham fabric and our hand stamped fabric that we made too!  
How to make a bow tieHave a great day! Elsie + Kinsey 
  • soooo great! Thank you for sharing! I just needed an easy way to dress up my 6 month old!

  • Hi, If I wanted to make this for a toddler, what should the dimensions be?


  • This is so perfect! My son’s birthday is coming up and I wanted the perfect vintage outfit! What is more special then a hand stamped bow tie! Question would the dimensions have to be changed drastically for a 3 year old???

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  • This is exactly what I needed to finish off the dress that I’m making (:

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  • Gorgeous. Love the way you’ve photographed the bow ties against the pages of vintage books. Ingenious!

  • Unbelievably dinky. Particularly love the way you’ve photographed the bow ties against pages of old books. Nice.

  • I love that you put this. The crazy thing is that the other day I was driving around and brain storming on something to get my boyfriend for valentines day. After four years we are over the traditional gifts and long for something much more useful and this came to mind. I happened to stop by your blog today and lo and behold you posted this exact idea. Great minds think alike! =]

  • Great tutorial… They look super easy and fun to make! Plus, I think women can rock bowties too, so although I have no man to make them for, I can always make some for myself 🙂
    Thanks for the post!

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  • Oh! I wish i could to do them like that, but my boyfriend want´s the one you tie. Not as easy as this 😉

  • OMG! So excited by this DIY… my sweet guy was just saying he wanted to make a bow tie but didn’t know how! This is great, thanks!






  • Super cute! I just learned how to make bows from your earlier post and I think it will be cool to make my Little Man a bowtie for Valentines day.

  • holy crap this is so easy and cute! I know what I’m making Boy for Valentine’s day!

  • nice and easy way to work on the bow, sometimes is good and practice to learn how to do stuffs by yourself and save you money of course!!!

  • I started follow you few days ago, and I am so in love with your blog. This is very simple and beautiful craft idea, I made something similar two weeks ago, you may see it in my blog! 🙂

  • Cute cute cute! Definitely making a few of these and forcing my silly boyfriend to wear them!!

  • You read my mind! I was looking for a bow tie tutorial this morning. The thought.. I wish Elise had a bow tie post crossed my mind.
    So thanks! Perfect gift idea for Valentines day.

  • I love the heart bow tie! So cute! Great post & thanks for sharing!

  • So cute! Those bow tie clips are so clever!

  • It’s so funny you posted this…I want to send my long distance boyfriend a bow tie with a note that read “for our next date” for valentines day!

  • My hubby’s sister is getting married & this is the perfect accessory for his suit…& by using a hair clip instead of a tie clip, I can make coordinating hair bows!

  • Thanks for this tutorial! I often use my clip on hair bows as mini bow ties, but now I can’t wait to try making my own in different patterns and colors.

  • how sweet would these be for a little page boy!

  • Ahhhh, so cute – and so simple! I’ll be bookmarking this for sure. Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  • I love bow ties and make a point to buy them when ever I see them (I work for goodwill, lucky me). I’m pretty picky though and only wear bowties that I have to tie, kinda feel like its a lost art lol. Think you could show us how to make a bow tie that we have to tie? I would be ever so grateful 🙂

  • Fabulous! What a great little project 🙂

    Maggie xx

  • My boyf is obsessed with bow ties and we always make gifts for valentines so this is a perfect gift for me to make him!

    Thanks 🙂 x

  • This is exactly what I wanted to make my boyfriend for Valentines day!

    Thanks you!!!


  • How cute and it is so easy too. Can’t wait to surprise my honey with a bow tie for valentines. Thanks!

  • Nice, and it looks so simple. I love it.

  • How cute!

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  • ahhh!! i made some for my wedding a few months ago I wish I had this tutorial back then, these are so much easier!

    xx Ashleigh

  • Love the no hassle of having to figure out how to tie the darned thing! It’s super cute!! 🙂

  • That is awesome! My husband was just telling me that I should keep my eyes open for good bowties to add to his work wardrobe. Maybe I will make him one!

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