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Bow Tie Tutorial

Bow-Tie Tutorial

This was a tutorial I wrote for Newcastle Fabrics back in 2013. Bow ties are a stylish gift and are super quick and inexpensive to make. So in case you’re running out of ideas, I thought I’d repost this free recipe. Grab a fat quarter (with a relevant theme) and whip one up!


You will need

fabric approx. 22” x 9”

iron- on interfacing (med weight) 22” x 9”

matching thread

pins, fabric scissors, safety pin

bow tie fastening set, 3 pieces, hook, loop and adjuster

Use ¼” seam throughout


1.  Cut fabric and interfacing for

Bow A                  14” x 6”

Center B               5 ½” x 2 ½”

Iron interfacing onto back of fabrics.

Cut fabric for Strap C                 21 ½” x 2 ¼”

Cut interfacing for strap             21 ½” x 1 ½”

Press interfacing in line with one raw edge of strap C


2. Fold Bow piece A in half lengthwise. Pin and stitch all the way around, keeping corners square. Leave a small gap (3”) to turn through. Remove pins, trim across corners and turn through making sure the corners are square. Press gap seams under.


3.  Zig-zag fold into 3 equal layers along length.


4.  Fold Center piece B in half lengthwise. Sew longest raw edges together. Attach safety pin and turn through. Center seam along back and press.


5.  Fold zig-zagged 3 layer bow A in half lengthwise. Concertina fold edges back and test Center piece B around bow. Center stripe as desired.


6.  Fold piece B in half RS together and sew approx. 1 ½” from fold, backstitching edges. Trim seam to ¼”, turn right side out and push over bow. Center back seam.



7.  Press faced fabric side of Strap C in half. Fold opposite edge over ¼” to facing and then over again on top.


8.  Stitch along top of turned edge.


9.  Thread strap over centre bar of adjuster.


10. Press raw end over ¼” and stitch down, backstitching to secure. Thread hook onto strap, facing outwards, then thread the raw end back through adjuster.


11.  Place metal loop on other end, turn over ¼” then stitch down. Thread through back of bow and slide adjuster to fit neck.


~ Instructions and photographs by mandy munroe

Happy Gifting!



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3 comments on “Bow Tie Tutorial

  1. onecreativefamily
    December 18, 2016

    Cute bow tie

  2. mandymunroe
    December 21, 2016

    Thank you! – quite distinguished 😉

  3. The Mulberry Mouse
    December 23, 2016

    Love it!

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