This step-by-step bow tie tutorial will guide you through the process of making your own set of bow ties using one of my DIY bow tie kits.
Note: Although my DIY bow tie kits make it very easy because the sewing pattern and instructions are printed right on the fabric, you can also follow this tutorial to create bow ties with your own fabric using one of my printable bow tie patterns.
Before you begin the bow tie tutorial:
You will need…
- The printed fabric from shop.Lavaguy.com (or your own fabric)
- The hardware included in the kit to make the bow ties adjustable in size. There are 3 pieces in each set, so you should have a total of 21 pieces.
- An iron and ironing board
- A sewing machine, properly threaded with matching thread
- Scissors, or preferably a rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Pins and pincushion
- A bodkin, aka turning tool, made from a piece of stiff wire. (More about this later.)
The following items are optional, but will help you make more professional-looking bow ties faster and easier:
- Light-weight or medium-weight interfacing. It can be sew-in or iron-on. You can even use some scrap fabric that isn’t too heavy.
- A set of my laser-cut acrylic bow tie templates for cutting fabric. The shapes correspond to the pattern pieces printed on the fabric. They make cutting the fabric with a rotary cutter a breeze. If you don’t have them, don’t worry. You’ll just take it a little slower when you cut out the fabric pieces. If you’re using your own fabric, you’ll need to download and print my bow tie patterns.
Unfold the fabric and press any wrinkles out, using an iron set at the recommended temperature for the fabric (cotton). Do not pre-wash the fabric, which could fade the colors or shrink the fabric.
In the next step, you’ll begin cutting the pieces from the fabric.