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What's better than a dashing fella in a bow tie? Of course! YOUR dashing fella in a bow tie! Today I have a tutorial for making easy no-sew DIY clip on bow ties that you can make for your groom to rock on your wedding day or at your rehearsal dinner... these are so easy to make, he can don a custom bow tie fo... read more

What’s better than a dashing fella in a bow tie? Of course! YOUR dashing fella in a bow tie! Today I have a tutorial for making easy no-sew DIY clip on bow ties that you can make for your groom to rock on your wedding day or at your rehearsal dinner… these are so easy to make, he can don a custom bow tie for any occasion!

Materials
Fabric of your choice
Scissors
Fabric glue (or hot glue)
Iron
Bow Tie Clips

Fat Bow Tie
Step 1:  Cut two square pieces of fabric that are roughly 4-5 inches depending on what size you want your bow tie to be.  Make one slightly larger (1/4 in.) than the other.

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Step 2:  Starting with the larger square, fold in each edge about 1/4 inch.  Iron all sides to hold shape.  Add a very thin line of glue under each fold to hold the “hem” in place and to keep from fraying.  Repeat with the smaller square.

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Step 3:  Center the smaller square on top of the larger one and add a few small dabs of glue to keep in place.

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Step 4:  Pinch at the center to create 3 folds in the fabric.  Add a dab of glue between each fold (front and back if necessary) to secure the shape.

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Step 5:  Glue your bow tie clip in the center of the back of your bow tie.  Then, cut a thin strip of fabric 2-3 inches long.  Fold in the sides, iron and glue along the folds to make the “hem” as you did above.  Now, wrap the strip around both the clip and the pinched center of the bow tie securing it with another dab of glue in the back to hold it all together.  Hold tightly until the glue has set.  Cut off any of the fabric strip that overhangs.

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SKINNY BOW TIE

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The skinny bow ties is made with a similar process as the fat bow tie only you will use narrow rectangle pieces of fabric rather than squares.  See below…

Step 1:  Cut two long rectangles of your fabric (measurements will depend on your desired bow tie size).  Make one slightly larger than the other.  Fold in each edge about 1/4 inch.  Iron all sides to hold shape.  Add a very thin line of glue under each fold to hold the “hem” in place and to keep from fraying.  Repeat with the smaller rectangle.

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Step 2:  Now, fold in each of the short edges towards the center and, crossing one end slightly over the other.  Iron for crisp edges and glue in place.  Repeat with the smaller piece of fabric.

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Step 3:  Just like you did for the fat bow tie above, layer both pieces (with the smaller centered on top).  Add a dab of glue to hold in place.  Now, pinch the center creating TWO folds this time rather than three.

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Step 4:  Lastly, glue your bow tie clip in the center of the back of your bow tie.  Cut a thin strip of fabric 2-3 inches long.  Fold in the sides, iron and glue along the folds to make the “hem” as you did above.  Now, wrap the strip around both the clip and the pinched center of the bow tie securing it with another dab of glue in the back to hold it all together.  Hold tightly until the glue has set.  Cut off any of the fabric strip that overhangs.

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Now you can make bow ties for your groom and all his men!

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This no-sew option is definitely quick and easy.  However, if you enjoy sewing or would like to make a clip on bow tie that is built for endurance… you can certainly sew!  Simply stitch the places where I mentioned to glue in the directions above (the turned in edges, connecting the layers of fabric, the pinched folds, etc)!  You can also make these bow ties with only one layer rather than two.  I like two better because it gives the bow tie a little more body.  The choice is yours!

Oh, and a big thanks to Mr. B. for modeling these rad bow ties! :)

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  1. Shelly

    Where can you purchase bow tie clips??

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  2. Michelle Cangemi

    Hi Shelly,
    There are a number of different sites online that sell bow tie clips. I purchased mine on Etsy.com. I would recommend doing a search for “Bow Tie Clips” in the Etsy supplies section. You can choose a seller by the style of clips you’re looking for and the amount you need. Or you can find other online sellers by doing a google search.

    Hope this helps! Happy crafting :)

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  4. Riya

    Hi! I was looking up for some ways I can make HAIR bow-ties, and I came across this. It works great! I just have no idea where to glue the bobby pin. Can you help me out?

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  5. Michelle Cangemi

    Hi Riya,
    If you’re gluing on a bobby pin, I would follow the steps to complete the bow and then glue it on the back in the center of the finished bow.

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  6. Chrissy

    Hey, What do i put at the back of the bow ties so that it stays around the neck?

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  7. Michelle Cangemi

    Hi Chrissy,
    This tutorial is for clip on bow ties so there isn’t a piece that actually goes around the neck. A bow tie clip is glued onto the back of the bow. You can find clips to purchase by searching “Bow Tie Clips” on Google or Etsy.

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  9. Brandi Hampton

    I made a hair bow using your tutorial.. I sewed mine and used burlap for one layer and Aqua fabric for the other. It turned out fantastic!! Thanks! You can see it on my pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/20477373280066468/

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  10. Lanisha

    Hello!!! I am wondering what kind of bowtie clip you use? I’m looking for clips that are more like the clips for clip on ties

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