I love that bow ties are in style, because my boys look so adorable in them! They are really easy to make as well. The sizes for this bow tie should fit a boy about 4 and up. Adjust the bow smaller or larger depending on the size you need. My boys are 5 and 6.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Two 3″ x 10″ pieces of patterned fabric (it doesn’t have to be the same on each side, as one piece barely shows at all, so just match it if you’d like)
-One 3″ x 10″ piece fleece or felt. I liked the way the fleece made for a more fluffy and full bow tie. The felt works great to. **Please see note below on the felt recommendations** I used the felt so that the bow wouldn’t be floppy and would hold it’s shape. You could use other thick materials inside, such as a fusible stabilizer. If you don’t want it so thick, don’t use fleece.
-1″ piece velcro
-one piece matching fabric measuring 2.5″ x 4″. You could just do a 4.5” x 4”, iron the 4.5” side in half, then open and fold sides to the middle and iron, then fold in half and topstitch on either side. Kind of how you make double fold bias tape. It’s easier than making a tube and turning.
-one long strip measuring 3″ x about 15″, depending on your child’s neck size. You can use ribbon or elastic in place of this piece. You could also change the 3” to 5.5” and iron in half length wise, then open and fold sides to the middle and iron, then fold in half and topstitch on either side. Again, almost like you are making double fold bias tape. It’s easier than making a tube and turning. *please see note below on how to fit this just right*
To measure the long strip that is about 3″ x 15″, have your child put on the shirt he/she will wear it with. Or if it’s just a shirt without a collar, don’t worry about that. But either way, measure around the part the bow tie strap will be. Add 2″ to that measurement for the strap length.
**I used the felt I bought off the bolt for the first bow tie and it worked great (on left side in picture). On the second one I made, I used the small sheets of felt you can buy (right side in picture). My machine had a hard time sewing through the felt sheet. I suggest using the kind you have them cut–you can see how much fluffier and soft it is in the picture.
Take the 3 pieces cut to 3″ x 10″. Place the right sides together of fabric, and then the felt under that.
Tuck the strap under the middle of the bow tie.
To see more pictures with my cute boys in their houndstooth, click here.