There were some questions about the bowtie that I made for Elijah to wear for Thanksgiving last year, so here is a simple tutorial on how to make a DIY Bow tie. You’ll most probably already have all the the items needed to make a sweet tie like this, so you can throw one together in no time at all. All you need is some fabric, a pair of scissors and a glue gun. With no craft scores anywhere to be found in China, I decided to use the end of one of Justin’s scarves. This worked out perfectly because I wanted them to match anyway. I made a smaller bow and pinned that to my head band… and just like that, we had matching family accessories!
Here are the instructions…
Cut a 9″x5″ rectangle and then cut a smaller rectangle for the middle piece (number 1). Fold the fabric ends to the middle so that when it is folded, it is approximately 1.5″ in height (number 2 and 3). Fold the ends into each other to meet in the middle. This width should be approximately 4″ in length (number 4). Flip it over and pinch the ends toward the middle to pucker the fabric. Then fold over and pinch the edges together again (number 5-7). Wrap a piece of the same fabric around the middle and secure at the back with some hot glue (number 8). If you want to use a bobby pin on the back, add another drop or two of glue to secure your bobby pin and you’re done! For younger kids, a different fastener would be better. One that is not as easy for them to remove. To secure the bobby pin to the bow tie a little more, you can glue another small piece of fabric between the bobby pins.
Simple, cheap and very cute. Try it.