How to sew a bow tie

This dapper bow tie is perfect for a special occasion – and could make a treasured gift for a loved one. Find out how to sew a bow tie step by step with our helpful sewing tutorial

How to sew a bow tie

This charming bow tie would make an excellent gift for a friend or a family member. You could even add velcro or poppers to make a scaled-down version for a younger child.

This sewing project is easy to make and ideal for beginners to get stuck into. We like these jazzy stripes, but you could make the bow tie any colour you choose.

Scroll down to learn how to make a bow tie with our easy sewing tutorial.

Fabric used

Petits Strokes, Midnight. Ref: AGFLEP811. From the Les Petits collection by Amy Sinibaldi.

Notes

Use a 1cm (38in) seam allowance.

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You Will Need

  • Main fabric (55x22cm (22x9in))
  • Adjustable bow tie hardware clips (15mm (3/4in)), hook, eye and slider
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Total time:

Cutting out

Step 1

Cut out the following pieces of fabric:

  • Bow: 13x35cm (514 x 1334in).
  • Central tie: 6x7cm (238 x 234in).
  • Neck strap: 5x55cm (2 x 2178in).

Making the bow

Step 1

Fold the bow piece of fabric in half lengthways with right sides (RS) together.

Step 2

Sew together all the way around, but leave a gap in the middle of the long edge for turning later.

Step 3

Trim the seams, clip the corners and turn RS out.

Step 4

Slip stitch the turning gap closed.

Step 5

How to sew a bow tie step one

Fold the bow in half so the short ends meet and draw a line 5.5cm (214in) from the open ends. Pin together and then sew along the line as shown.

Step 6

How to sew a bow tie step two

Press the sewn line open and stitch through the seam and the fabric layers to create a bow shape.

Attaching the central tie

Step 1

Fold the central tie piece in half with RS facing so the short edges meet.

Step 2

Sew together along one short edge and then along the long edge.

Step 3

Trim the seams, clip the corners then turn RS out and press.

Step 4

Pinch the centre of the bow into a crease and wrap the central tie around it, making sure that the folded part of the bow is lying at the front.

Step 5

How to sew a bow tie step three

Sew the tie closed at the back by hand. Make sure you don’t sew through to the bow itself as this needs to be free so that the neck strap can be threaded behind it later.

Adding the neck strap

Step 1

Fold the neck strap in half lengthways with wrong sides (WS) facing and sew together along one short edge and down the long edge.

Step 2

Trim the seams, clip the corners then turn RS out and press.

Step 3

Thread the strap through the central tie at the back of the bow.

Step 4

Feed the sewn neck strap end through the metal eye, fold it over and sew it securely in place.

Step 5

Thread the slider onto the other raw end of the neckstrap.

Step 6

Feed the neckstrap through the hook and back through the centre of the slider in the other direction.

Step 7

How to sew a bow tie step four

Fold the raw end under and sew it down to finish.

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Keep your finished bow tie for special occasions or give it as a gift!

How to sew a bow tie