bow tie tutorial

i loved making these fun little treats for all the guests at our preppy little man shower!

i totally stole the idea from courtney, but she’ll forgive me – we’re family ;)

i was so happy with how easily these bow ties came together.  i just grabbed some scraps from my pile and started playing – the first piece i used  was the right size – love that!  you can change the dimensions based on the size you want your bow ties to end up, but mine was about 4 1/2″ x 11″.  in hindsight, i’d go back and make them a little shorter – maybe 4 1/2 x 9, just to make the ties “chubbier” and not so long and skinny.

i eyeballed everything for this, so no more measurements will be given – sorry!  i just folded the strip lengthwise in thirds and pressed it flat.

see?  easy.

then fold one side in towards the middle and press

then the other side as well.  at this point i should’ve added a dab of hot glue in between the layers.  but i didn’t.  but you should.

then set this aside.

next i got another little scrap, about 4 1/2″ x 2″

and folded it in thirds like i did with the first strip, and pressed it flat

just a tinier version

i had to fiddle with this part a few times, but finally figured out the right “pinch” so all the little folds looked right.

now keep a tight grip on the pinched bow and take the tinier folded strip and lay it over the pinched part, still holding it tight, with the ends of the strip facing the back of the bow.

view from the back, after i trimmed the ends off the small strip.

then i sealed it shut with a dab of hot glue.

another view from the back

then i took a small bar pin and added hot glue to it

and smooshed it firmly against the back of the bow tie.  i placed mine towards the top, and not centered because the bow tie tended to flop a little bit when i put the pin in the middle.

so it’s not pretty from the back, but it works!

and the end result with them all lined up together was just so fun!


  1. 1

    I love the bowtie theme! The sailboat/nautical theme had a good run, but gosh. It’s time for something new and fresh! Holler, bowties!!!

  2. 2

    What a fabulous idea! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They are so stinkin adorable I can’t wait to try and make them!

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    um… Y E S!!! I LOVE this!!! I am definitely putting this on my DIY To-Do list!!! Thanks!! xo

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    How cute! I have a friend who is having a baby and I can totally see me making these in mini form (and as cute little bow ties or as hair clips, depending on if she has a boy or girl). Thanks for the super easy craft!

  5. 5

    Those are the cutest little bow~ties!
    Love all the colors.
    All the guys in our wedding wore bow~ties.
    Happy Weekend Lindsey!

  6. 6

    suuuupercute. love the tutorial, and that baby shower was adorable. :)

  7. 7

    this is such a FUN tutorial and one I could do for both my grandsons for Easter….love it!

  8. 8

    Wow…looks easy and fun! I might play just for the sake of it!

  9. 9

    these are the cutest!!

  10. 10

    so cute!! I don’t think that my husband would ever let me put a bow tie on our son though :( maybe for a wedding.

  11. 11

    These are darling Lindsey. I can’t wait to make some. Thanks for the tute!

  12. 12

    Love it! I sure could have used this for last weekend! I attended a baby shower and they had a bow station set up. :)

  13. 13

    Such a cute idea! I love the simplicity of the bow ties, and how sweet they are lined up in their different fabrics!

  14. 14

    This is so cute! I’ve been contemplating a Cat in the Hat birthday party for my boys and this would “tie” in great!

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    this is too fun, lindsey! you’re quite the party-thrower :) i’ll have to remember this one!

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    Fabulous idea and such eye-catching fabric choices.

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    I’ve discovered that the way to make them look pretty from the back is to sew the little middle part then slide it on with the stitches on the inside. I LOVE the colors you used! Makes me want to go make a ton of them to give to all my sisters :)

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    Oh my gosh! I didn’t know it was this easy!! They look fab-u-lous! Thanks for the tutorial! I’m definately going to try this out now!! :D
    I love your blog by the way, and I visit it nearly everyday! :)
    I especially enjoy your crafty posts! <3
    Keep going – you are really inspiring and creative!

    Love Katrine ^-^

  19. 19

    these are just the cutest little things in the world!!!! makes me want babies :)

  20. 20

    I can’t wait to make some!! :) Thank you for sharing!!!

  21. 21

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I am planning a baby shower for my sis-in-law next weekend, and I spent an hour or so this evening whipping up a bunch of little bows! She’s having a girl, so they’re in the pink and purple family instead.

    I just posted a picture:


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    Also, I made mine hair clips, so everyone doesn’t have to wear bow-ties for a girl shower! :)

  23. 23

    so stinkin’ cute! Love the the whole theme. lucky momma!

  24. 24

    These little bowties are so stinkin cute! Such a clever idea. Em

  25. 25

    These are adorable! And of course, you made it look so easy! I have a nephew arriving in May, and this started a whole new slew of ideas stirring in my head for him… :) So fun!
    dwell in the season

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    so simple and EASY! love them already. :)

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    Hi! I love your bowtie tutorial and I featured it on my blog today. Thanks!


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    Thank You! I am creating a LIttle Man 1st Birthday Party in June and this will be great for all the guests!

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    Thank you so much for this!

    My daughter’s having her first birhtday party next week and I was looking for something to give as a party favour to the 3 little boys who will be there – this is perfect!

    And thank you for the clear instructions (although converting inches to centimeters is never fun for me in sewing) I made three of these in 30 minutes. :)

  30. 30

    Thank you for this tutorial. I saw it on pintrest and had to try it immediately. It was fairly easy and so stinking cute!

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    Instead of a pin, for small children, you could take a shirt and sew a small piece of velcro on it and put velcro on the other side of the bow tie and they could easily switch these out. Also then you don’t have to worry about the pin. I am going to make mini dress up clothes for my daycare kids and do this. Thanks for showing me how!

  32. 32

    Thank you for this thorough tutorial. I love the adorable bow ties!

  33. 33

    I LOVE this!! Your tutorial was incredibly easy and I just whipped out 4 bow ties for my little man on the way!! So excited for him to get here so he can wear his!!

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    This is so magnificent! So so simple, and the outcome is beautiful! I am making a female Penguin (From the Batman series) costume and made a miniature top hat. I had some extra fabric left over from that, and this helped me make the PERFECT matching bow tie! I am so in love with this. Thank you so much! Now knowing how simple and lovely they are, I know I will be making these for costumes, necklaces, bracelets, hair clips, everything!

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    Sheila Carter says:

    I love this no sew idea. I was looking for a quick project for bow ties. Please forgive me but I want to steal your idea. Thank you.

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    Ruby Tuesday says:

    I am wondering if there is another way to put these on… I am not a fan of pins on baby outfits since sometimes the kids pull on them and then the pin comes undone and they get stuck with them…. Im thinking of a piece of material that could go around the neck or you could add snaps on the back side and add buttons on the onesies… that could be cool as well!!


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    i just love this, thank you

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    These are so cute! What a good idea. I noticed some posts wondering about a strap around the neck instead of the clip. I sell some like this if you’re interested. They just have a Velcro strap for easy on easy off! This is my etsy link. Check it out!

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