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DIY Bow Tie Tutorial: Make your own bow ties

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.
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Cleaver Bow Tie, from The Striped Sophisticate Collection of DIY Bow Ties. Available from

Before you begin the bow tie tutorial:

You will need…

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.

Step 1

Prepare the Fabric

Bow tie tutorial Step 1: Prepare the fabric

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.

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  1. Sunniva left a comment on August 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Great tutorial! Thank you so much 😀

    • Jay Thomson left a comment on August 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks, Sunniva. I’m glad you found it useful.

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