Tutorial: Bow Tie For Your Little Guy

by This is Carrie on May 5, 2011

When I decided to make the boys bow ties for Easter I scoured the web for a pattern & tutorial.  And wow, there are tons. But none were quite what I was looking for.  I wanted these ties to be the real deal. Ones that you have to actually tie *gasp*. I wanted to spend a little extra time to make them quality pieces that will (hopefully) get passed down to my children’s children or at least get used for both my sons for the next few years.  I wasn’t interested in a bow tie that I could whip up in five minutes or one that was comically large.  So, to get one that was just right I made my own pattern (after a few tries) and followed the instructions from Burdastyle.com David Bow tie for adults.

Learning from my mistakes. Or, practice makes perfect.

The plaid bow was my practice bow. I used too thick of interfacing making it hard to turn and little too bulky. Made from a 50 cent thrifted men’s shirt.

The brown bow was made from “stash” fabric that was too thin and slippery to make a great looking bow tie.

The pink bow was made from the perfect weight of fabric and interfacing.  Add in a few pattern tweaks from the first two ties and this last bow tie turn out great.

My bow tie pattern can be found HERE (designed to fit 6mo-3T with hook & slider closure).

Use in conjunction with Burdastyle.com’s David Bow Tie Instructions found HERE.

A few important points:

1. Bow ties need to be cut on the bias.  Besides the fact that diagonal stripes and plaids just look better on a tie, bias cut fabric folds/rolls nicer.

2. Bow ties need body. This is done by using interfacing. I used: Pellon Ultra Weft 860F “Truly tied” bow ties have more body as well.

3. Adding a bow tie hook and a slider allows the tie to be adjustable and makes it so you don’t have to tie it every time. Bow tie hook and eye slides can be purchased HERE.

4. My favorite tools to turn the tie: a chopstick to turn and a knitting needle for the corners.

5. You are going to have to learn to tie a bow tie. This is the video I used to learn how.

Many more little bow tie tutorials around the web:

A Lemon Squeezy Home – I like this one because the bow has body.

Prudent Baby – I like this one because she uses a hook and slider closure.

Make it & Love It – I like this one because she repurposes an old tie.

Polka-dot Umbrella – I like this one because button hole elastic is a interesting closure option.


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Carlee Dynes May 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks for the shout-out link! I’m always surprised how many bow tie tutorials don’t recommend using the bias, so I’m glad to see you’ve covered the why on this one. I’ve been following you for a while now, and have been super inspired by your sewing projects. Recently a friend of mine (Heidi Mae Gray don’t know her maiden name) sent me a link to your blog because she grew up with you, and thought I would love what you make. Well I do, and it’s so funny how small the world is.

Sophie May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Oooo excitement! Can’t wait to try this, thanks for doing all the hard work for us and supplying a pattern. I’ve been waiting to make one but balking at doing my own pattern. Your ties have a really nice finish!

Nancy Dukes January 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

Can’t wait to get started. My son wants me to make bowties and cumberbunds for his groomsmen out of seersucker. I appreciated the discussion of “on the bias” and also the pattern for the ring bearer. I was wondering how to downsize his. Also, appreciate the info about the interfacing and a source for the closures which I had been having trouble finding. Any suggestions about cumberbunds or sources for seersucker? When I finish making 13 sets of these ties and cumberbunds I may brave some other projects. Thanks, Nancy

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Have you checked burda style for cumberbund pattern? I know all the pattern companies make that pattern. As for sources for seersucker, i have the LA fabric mart at my fingertips, so I don’t know what to tell you. Googling the fabric might help you find an online resource. How small do you want to down size the pattern? I have used it for both my sons, ages 6 months – 4 years. I hope this helps! And good luck!

Nancy Held November 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

thanks for all of your information. I am making bow ties for each of my 8 grandsons for Christmas. I think they will really like them.

chris turnwald March 20, 2014 at 10:16 am

So there is no tutorial as to how you made this tie….I can’t find it.

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Holly May 31, 2014 at 7:54 am

Thank you so much for this! I’m from the South…where there are lots of bow ties and only the “real” ones are acceptable. I’m grateful!

Rosario June 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I was wondering for the hook and eye sliders…. does it matter which end you use the hook or the other for?

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Victor October 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.

It’s always helpful to read through articles from other authors and practice a little something
from other sites.

Julia February 17, 2015 at 8:16 am

My only concern is you have two patterns with no size written on it. Can you explain this please? Thanks.

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