New DIY Craft Project: How to Make the Cutest Boy’s Bowtie (in time for Easter)

A guest post tutorial from Jessica of Living the Swell Life.

Last weekend I made a little bow tie for our son’s Easter outfit, and since then I can’t seem to stop. They are so fun to make with your small scraps of fabric! Althoughthis tutorial focuses on a small, kid-friendly version with velcro in the back, this pattern could easily be adapted for even the most manly-man’s neck…Or turned into a hairbow for the most girly-girl! But right now I absolutely love the bow tie look on little boys. I feel like the simplest bow tie could make even the most spoiled brat look like a perfect gentleman. This tutorial requires a bit of sewing know-how, so I’d classify it as intermediate level. Now dig in!

Supplies (must haves): fabric (6×20″ strip), interfacing (medium/heavy) (4×15″ strip) although not 100% vital, this provides great structure to the bow tie, Velcro (1″), scissors, sewing machine, needle + thread, iron, measuring tape

(nice to haves): pins, pencil, fabric marker, rotary cutter + mat

Here’s how you make it: *Before we begin, just a note on sizing: I found that 15″ of fabric for the band created ample room to go around my 2-year-old’s neck and shirt collar. If you are making this for an older child or adult, simply measure the circumference of his shirt collar (preferably while he is wearing it!), and add 2 inches of length for velcro overlap. The strap could further be modified to create a more adjustable grown-up finish, but that’s a different lesson.

Step 1: Cut your fabric into the following dimensions: 2 1/2 x 15″ for band and 3 1/2 x 3″ for center and 3 x 20″ for bow

Cut your interfacing into the following dimensions: 1 x 14″ for band and 3 x 10″ for bow

Step 2: Begin your bow! Fold your 3×20″ piece of fabric in half the short way (wrong sides facing out) and place 3×10″ piece of interfacing on top. Pin these three layers together as shown. Next straight stitch along three edges of the rectangle. Leave one of the short ends open for turning.

Step 3: Turn your bow inside out. Don’t worry about the unfinished edge. Press flat. Using your measuring tape and fabric marker, mark the center of the rectangle. Then fold both ends in toward the middle.

Step 4: Pin the edges together. Then make one big fat zig-zag stitch down the center. You may need to adjust your machine’s tension, as this is a little chunky.

Step 5: Now fold your rectangle in half again the long way. Make a 1″ straight seam perpendicular to your zig-zag stitch (I used my fabric marker to draw a guideline for myself).

Step 6: It’s time to make the band! Take your 2.5×15″ strip of fabric, fold it in half the long way (to make the strip even narrower, wrong sides facing out) and place the 1×14″ piece on top. Pin the three layers together. Sew a 3/8″ seam along the long unfolded side of fabric and along one short end. (I.e. just sew 2 sides!) You’re ready to flip your fabric into a tube. This can be a little bit tedious, but trust me, it’s worth it in the end! Use a pencil with a good eraser to help prod your fabric along. Press flat.

Step 7: Sewing velcro to the edges: To address that pesky unfinished edge, we will simply hide it underneath the Velcro: Tuck in 2 sides of fabric and fold the edge down into a point (like an envelope). Simply pin a piece of velcro to the top and sew around its border. Do the same thing on the opposite end (and on the opposite side of band). No need to get fancy with the envelope technique on this side, as it is already finished off nicely.

Step 8: Now for the center piece of the bow: Fold your 3.5×3″ fabric in half the long way. (No interfacing necessary for this one!) Pin and sew a seam along 2 unfolded edges. Turn & press. It’s ok to leave the open edge unfinished. We will tuck it in and sew it in the next step.

Step 9: Putting it all together: The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Use your fabric marker to draw a mark at the center of your band, then line it up with the center of your bow. Next wrap the center piece around the middle of the bow. Turn all 3 pieces upside down, pull the center piece to your desired tightness, and fold in its unfinished edge. Use your needle and thread to manually whip stitch this piece in place. (Or for instant gratification: whip out your hot glue gun!)

Hooray! You’ve done it. Now stick it on your little guy and party!

About the Author: Jessica enjoys sharing beautiful everyday things in word, craft, and photo. And she does all of that on her beautiful blog, Living the Swell Life. She lives in a white house with a red door in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and little boy. You can also catch Jessica and Jeff (her husband) at their photography site, Jeff Loves Jessica. Gorgeous photos! *Jessica took all the photographs for this tutorial and they are amazing!


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How adorable! I have daughters, but that won’t stop me from trying this out for my nephew! Thanks 🙂


Those are so cute!!! I am going to have to try to do some. Thanks for the info.


Thanks to everyone who has been commenting on Jessica’s tutorial. Aw, how sweet Jan. I’d love to see a picture if you have one.


I made one of these for my son when he was a toddler. It was for Easter and I made it out of a large sunflower print to match what I was wearing. Instead of putting it around his neck I used the clip from an ugly clip-on bow tie. He’s 21 now, so it’s been awhile, but I made several of them in a way that I could use the same clip for each tie.
Surely I have a picture somewhere. He was so cute!
Thanks for the reminder.


So cute,I have two little boys and I am always searching for cute things to make for them,this will be great with a vneck jumper and shirt this autumn!!!!


wow… sooo cutee

enno hayano handmade

Completely adorable! I will definitely be keeping this in mind for the future!

Tomi Ann

Adorable! I will have to try this! What a cute little guy!


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These are way too cute!


Thank you, I will try this.


Your right Meagan. I hadn’t really thought about it, because I don’t have kids of my own. But most kids tutorials are for girls. So this is a refreshing change. Thanks again to Jessica for sharing it here on the blog.


Thanks for this fun tutorial! I have two boys so anytime I see anything teaching how to make clothing for boys I’m all over it…it’s usually for girls!!


thank you so much!


Awesome Evie. I’d love to see what you come up with if you take pics.


Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely try this project this week.


Thank you Emily for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed Jessica’s project.


These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing!


Thanks Camila. I love it too. Jessica did a wonderful job.


This is so sweet, I love it!

Camila F.
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