Free Bow Tie Pattern and Tutorial

June 10, 2015 in Projects

Just in time for Father’s Day, these bow ties are extremely easy to make, so I have two free bow tie patterns and tutorials for you! Keep reading for your free adult bow tie pattern and tutorial and scroll on to learn how to make a bow tie for the little man in your life! 🙂

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Here is your FREE downloadable adult Bow Tie Pattern.  Make sure to download the pattern and print. If you print it from your browser, it may cut off part of the pattern. Kindly, let me know if you have any issues or questions! Hop on over to Baby Lock’s website to download the free adult bow tie tutorial!

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Kid’s Bow Tie Tutorial


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1. Loosely (and carefully…obviously) 🙂 measure child’s neck and add 2 inches. This is the length of the neck band. Cut the neck band out using that measurement as the length and 2″ as the width.

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2. Press the short ends in about a 1/4″. Then, press the length in half and open. Next, press the raw edges in to that center crease. You’ll then fold along the center crease so that all raw edges are concealed. I had to clip the ends on the inside because they were sticking out (as shown in the image below).IMG_6226 copy

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3. Stitch next to the open edges to close them to create a band.IMG_6229 copy

4. Stitch hook and loop tape on opposite sides on the ends. At this point you might try it on your child’s neck to make sure the length is good and to check where the tape needs to be placed. OR, apply snap. Set aside.IMG_6230 copy

5. You many need to adjust this measurement, but, I made mine for a 2 year old, so, I cut the rectangle for my bow at 5″ x 4″ (to make it about a 2″ x 3″ bow tie).IMG_6231 copy

6. Fold the long side in and stitch a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 1″ opening right in the center! I forgot to make my opening in the center, but, it is completely hidden if you make it right in the center (and you don’t have to stitch it closed). Then, position the seam line in the center back, as shown below and stitch the 2 sides completely with a 1/4″ seam allowance.IMG_6232 copy

7. Turn right side out through your opening in the center back (see, here you can tell my opening was off to the side…center back is best).IMG_6233 copy

8. Cut a 2″ square for the center of the bow.IMG_6234 copy

Press one side down a 1/4″.IMG_6235 copy

Press the lower edge up a 1/2″ and press the 1/4″ over the 1/2″, concealing the raw edges.IMG_6236 copy

9. Now, we’re going to finish the bow! IMG_6237 copy

Pinch bow in the center.IMG_6238 copy

Wrap center piece around the center and tuck raw edges in. Hand stitch the center piece securely around the bow (I even anchored a couple stitches down through the bow to keep it in place).IMG_6239 copy IMG_6242 copy

10. Stitch bow to band in the center front. When finding the center, make sure to close band, find the center back and front from there. All done! Now you have to take some handsome pictures and show us what you’ve made with our tutorial! 😉 We love to see what you’ve made, you can post pictures to our Totally Stitchin’ Facebook Page! Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!IMG_6243 copy


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Here are my pictures of my handsome boys. P.S. 2-year-old boys are hard to photograph, lol!

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Break time between wedding and reception 🙂 He looks to intensely serious!IMG_6441 copy

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Need to make an adult sized bow tie instead? Find the free adult bow tie pattern here.

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