- Sewing machine. If you don’t already have one you can rent one for cheap at your local sewing shop. Typical rates are $10-$20 a day.
- Ironing Board
- ¼ yard Pellon® interfacing with iron-on backing, which you can purchase here. I used an 809 firm interfacing, but be sure not to go too firm or your bow tie will be impossible to turn inside out and tie.
- Downloadable bow tie pattern. I’ve created a simple FREE pattern of a modern “butterfly” style bow tie, which you can download here. For a kid’s sized bow tie, ages 1 to 12 years old, download here.
- ¼ yard fabric of your choice. Cotton works best because it’s less slippery. More experienced sewers can experiment with silks and microfibers.
- Thread. Be sure to choose a color that matches your fabric.
Step 1: The Pattern
Simply print out this pattern. Be sure not to scale the image before printing. A thick paper or cardstock works best.
Cut the pattern out at your desired length according to the measurements indicated by the black lines. These lines indicate the wearer’s neck/collar size. Then tape the two pieces together so that you get a single piece that looks like this:
Step 2: Cutting and Ironing
For the best results, be sure to iron your fabric before cutting to get rid of any wrinkles that could cause air bubbles when applying the interfacing. Use the pattern to cut out 4 pieces from the fabric and 2 pieces from the interfacing.
Pin the 2 interfacing pieces to the 2 fabric pieces and iron them together.
Step 3: Sewing
At this point you should have 4 pattern pieces, 2 of them ironed to the interfacing and 2 without. Take 2 of the matching pieces, and sew the right sides together at the skinny ends, leaving a ¼ seam allowance. Repeat with the second pair of tie pieces.
Now you should have 2 long bow tie pieces. Pin them on top of each other with the backside facing up.
Using a ¼ seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of the tie. BE SURE TO LEAVE a gap of 3-4 inches open in the middle (as shown in the second picture below) so that you can turn the bow tie inside out when you’re finished.
Step 4: Turn it Inside-out
It’s almost time for the big reveal! But before turning it inside out you’ll want to clip the corners of your tie to ensure your bow has sharp points.
To turn the tie inside out, pinch the end of one side, separating the material, then use a stick to push the ends through the gap left in the middle. I used a knife sharpener we happened to have laying around the kitchen, but any stick-like object (that is not too pointy or sharp) will work.
Do this to both sides, scrunching the fabric down the stick until you can pull it through like in the forth photo above. When you’re done you should get a wrinkly snake-looking blob that looks something like this:
And viola, you’re done! The perfect bow tie! Just kidding. Now it’s time to iron your fabric blob. Use a pair of tweezers to pull out all of little crevices as you iron it out.
Step 5: Mind the Gap
We’re almost there! Now it’s time to sew up that gap you used to turn the tie inside out. For the best results, fold the edges ¼ inch inward and iron them flat. Then, sew the gap up using a matching thread.
When you’re done, it should looks something like this:
Step 6: Your Finished!
Now tie it on and admire your masterpiece!
Check out these step-by-step instructions with more photos at Bows N Ties.
courtesy of: Bows N Tie