Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

Hi everyone!
Just in case you missed my original post that was over at Kim’s blog 733 last month, here is an uber cute Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial for you.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

 My boys love accessories. 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

So with both of them off to Kindergarten this fall I just knew that a few cute bow ties would be needed.
If you would like to make your own, here’s how…
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

1. Start by cutting out three pieces of fabric in the following dimensions: 6″ x 11″, 2″ x 3.5″ and 2.25″ x 16″
These are sized for a child ages 4-10 years old.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

 2. Fold each piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing and sew the longest unfinished edge together using a 1/4″ seam.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

3. Invert each piece of fabric so that right sides are now facing out.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

4. Iron each piece so that the seam is centered at the back.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

5. Fold the largest piece and smallest piece in half with the seam on the outside.  Sew the unfinished edges together.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

6. Invert the large and small pieces to create tubes of fabric.  Iron the larger piece flat with the seam at the back.  Tuck the unfinished ends of the longer piece inside and sew them closed.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

7. Use a suspender/paci clip to create an adjustable neck portion.  Fold one end of the long piece of fabric through the clip and sew it into place.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

8. Squash the center of the largest piece in the center to create a bow shape.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

9. Tack the center of the bow into place with a needle and thread.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

10. Tuck the bow into the smallest piece of fabric and sew that into place in the center.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

11. The longest piece of fabric through the small center loop and you are all done!
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

Using a suspender clip makes the tie totally adjustable.  Simply fold and clip the end of the fabric to make the neck portion smaller.  I found clips at our local fabric store and even upcycled some from a pair of thrifted suspenders.

 

 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

This little superhero loves his assortment of ties.
 

Adjustable Bow Tie Tutorial

Be sure to check out our What We Wore Wednesdays posts every Wednesday for more DIY, thrifted boy fashion.
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4 Comments

  1. Tracy King says

    I am loving bow ties lately too and these are adorable. The way you added the clips is easy and its easy for me to get that type of clip so thanks!! Now if only I could convince my son that bow ties are cool. He’s 13 and thinks they are definitely not cool.

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