How to Hand Sew a Boy’s Bow Tie!

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Following is a guest post by Jamie at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom… enjoy!!

Hello Frugal Girls’ readers!  My name is Jamie and I blog over at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  I am so excited to be visiting today and sharing a tutorial with you.  I love to visit Heidi’s blog for all her fabulous deal links, tips, tutorials and of course, I love to hop over every Thursday to link up at her Chic and Crafty weekly party.

I love sewing, crafting with my kids, photography, cooking and reading. If you have never visited my blog before, it is full of fun tutorials, craft projects and recipes.  I would love for you to stop by for a visit sometime! 

Here is just a little glimpse of what you will find on my blog:

Girls sewing tutorials, like these leggings:

Flounced Hem Leggings w/ free pattern

Kids Crafts:

Coffee Filter Flowers


Chicken and Broccoli Pie

Now, on to today’s tutorial:

Last week, I made my daughter a knot dress for Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to make my son something to wear to school for his Valentine’s party as well.  He does like to dress in a “preppy” style, so I asked him if I made him a bow tie, would he wear it to school on Valentines Day.  (They do have a party on this day.)  I told him it would have Velcro on the back so it could be easily removed.  He liked the idea so I got to work…

The original version I made, was a little small in my opinion, so I remade it in a slightly larger version better suited for a 6 to 13 year old.  (The smaller version is the one he wore in our Valentine’s day pictures.)  I will include the measurements for both sizes for those who want to make a bow tie for a smaller child.

The great thing about this project is that it is simple enough to hand sew if you don’t have a sewing machine. The instructions are exactly the same no matter how you make it, but a sewing machine will take this 40 minute project down to about 10 or 15 minutes…

Smaller size bow tie


Our Valentine’s Day Pictures really turned out cute!

If you are interested in making the knot dress in the pictures below, you can find the tutorial and a free printable pattern here: Knot Dress Tutorial.

Here is how to make the bow tie:


  • Scrap fabric (a fat quarter would be great)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • needle and thread (I also used a bit of glue, but glue is optional)
  • Velcro

For the larger bow tie cut your fabric pieces to the measurements indicated below:

For a smaller bow tie, cut the main square to: 5.5 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide.  Cut the neck band to 16 inches by 2 inches and the fabric loop is the same.

Fold the bow fabric in half, longways, right sides together and sew a seam along the edge:

Flip the fabric right side out, and move the seam to the middle, as shown.  Use your fingers to “finger press” the sides flat.

Fold the bow fabric in half again, seam side out, and sew another seam along the edge:

Flip the bow fabric around again, so the seam is on the inside, and finger press the edges flat.

Find the middle of the bow fabric and scrunch it into a bow shape.  Add a few stitches to the middle to hold the bow’s shape in place.

Grab the loop fabric, fold in half longways, right sides together and sew a seam along the edge.

Flip the loop fabric right side out, moving the seam to the center and finger press the edges flat.

Fold in half again, seam side out, and sew along the edge.  Flip the loop right side out, so the seam is on the inside.

Slip the bow through the loop, so the loop covers the center stitches.

Grab the neck tie strap, fold in half longways, right sides together and sew the seams marked in red below:

Flip the strap right side out and press flat with an iron.

Use a safety pin and thread the strap through the loop on the back of the bow.

Cut a your Velcro into about 3/4 to 1 inch pieces.  You will want the scratchy side of the Velcro to face out.  Attach the scratchy Velcro piece to the strap on the side with the finished edge.  You can hand or machine sew the Velcro in place.  (I got lazy and use hot glue, it adheres very well if you don’t let it cool too much before attaching it to the fabric.)

Hold the bow tie in place and mark where to put the second piece of Velcro.

Fold the unfinished edge in where you marked it and sew along the edge to close the opening.

Attach the second piece of Velcro and you are done!  Isn’t it cute?

Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you!

If you have a chance, please stop by my blog and say hi!  You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Thanks again Heidi, For letting me visit and share this tutorial with your readers!

Be sure to also check out More Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas!!



  1. Krystal says

    This is too adorable! Can not wait to make one for my son for Easter. Thank you for a great tutorial!

  2. Emily C says

    This is great! My son is a huge Dr. Who fan and of course thinks “bow ties are cool” because of that;D He will be so excited to have a couple of his own! Thanks:)

  3. Emily C says

    I would love to make this for my newborn to be blessed in but how should I fix the sizes to fit a newborn?