This DIY Bow Tie Will Have You Looking Dapper

APR 12, 2020 updated Jun 29, 2021

While tying a bow tie might be tricky, this DIY bow tie tutorial sure isn’t! Whether you’re getting ready for your next big event or just want to help Dad look dapper this Father’s Day, a handmade bow tie using a fat quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen is just the answer. When you pair the bow tie with a matching top knot headband for your mini-me, you can’t go wrong! 

No time to DIY? Be sure to check out Small Business Grant recipient Nicole Brown’s bow tie business over at Ruth Nathan’s

How to Make a Bow Tie

DIY Bow Tie Materials

1. Prep Your Pattern

First, we need to measure the wearer’s neck to create the proper fit for the bow tie. If this is a surprise gift, you can also measure a dress shirt collar to get an idea of the size.

How To Measure Your Neck
Wrap a measuring tape around the neck, about an inch above the shoulders or just underneath the Adam’s apple. Hold the measuring tape taut and level. Record this number and then add 0.5″ to it to determine your bow tie size. Average bow tie sizes range from 15-18″, and patterns can be adjusted accordingly.

Once you have the bow tie size, print out the bow tie template. Tape the two pieces together at the neck size you need. 

Pro tip: Planning to make multiple bow ties? Print the bowtie on cardstock or print and adhere to chipboard.

2. Cut Out and Interface Your Pattern Pieces

Cut out four bow tie pieces from your fabric and two from your interfacing. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of two of your fabric bow tie pieces. 

Pro tip: Cut out your interfacing so it’s slightly larger than the pattern piece you’re adhering it to. Once fused to your fabric, trim any excess interfacing.

3. Sew the Bow Tie Ends Together 

Pin the two non-interfaced bow tie pieces right-sides together and sew the short ends with a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for the remaining two bow tie pieces. Press the seams open. 

4. Sew the Bow Tie Pieces Together

Pin the two bow tie pieces right-sides together and sew together with a ¼” seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 2” opening near the middle of the neckband.

Cut small notches in the seam allowance on the curves of the tie and trim your corners, being careful not to cut into your stitches.

5. Turn Your Bowtie Right Side Out 

Using your point turner, chopstick or other handy-dandy turning tool, turn your fabric right side out. This part can be tricky so be patient and work slowly! 

6. Press Your Bow Tie

Now that you’ve turned your bow tie right-side out (how is turning a bow tie not an Olympic sport?) press your bow tie so all of your seams are flat. At the 2” opening fold in the raw edges and press. Use a slipstitch or topstitch on your sewing to secure the opening.

Now that you’re done, proudly wear your bow tie or make one for a dapper friend.
We hear bow ties make the perfect DIY Father’s Day gift! 

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  • Earl J (Maui Boy)

    Aloha all y’all…
    looks as easy as swimming the English Channel… LOL
    (Yes, I’m such a novice)
    * * *
    Been here a year and no takers to this point… hmmm…
    I’ll give it a shot. . .
    * * *
    IF I 𝐟𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐲 𝐜𝐮𝐭 for a pattern… where would I place the 𝒇𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒚?
    I would imagine it goes on the thicker part of the pattern, yes…?
    (Can you tell I don’t own one…(?) and have never seen one with a pattern…
    I’ve ONLY ever seen black ones… or BIG, FAT gag clown bow ties… (sigh)
    * * *

    Until that time…

    • Earl J (Maui Boy)

      Aloha all y\’all. . .
      Just spent a few minutes watching a couple of videos over tying a bow tie…
      So, to answer my question about fussy-cutting the fabric… the fussy is 𝑵𝑶𝑻 centered on the fat portion… hmmm…
      The project just gets curiouser and curiouser… (wink)

      Until that time. . .