Happy <3 Bow Tie Tutorial

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Hey! Valentines day is coming up and we have an adorable Bow Tie tutorial for you guys! You can make it for a romantic partner, a friend, yourself or your pet! It’s a day to celebrate all kinds of love. We hope you have fun making these.


  • 1/4 yards of fabric

  • Matching thread

  • Two 1/2″ buttons

  • Our Free  Bow Tie Pattern

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

1. Cut out your pattern pieces.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

2. Stitch the two band pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the square end open.

3. Clip the corners and then turn through. Turn your corners out and press! Tuck the raw edges of the open end under and stitch it closed.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

4. Fold the Bow Tie piece in half length wise with right sides of your fabric together and pin. Sew a 1/4 seam allowance around the edges, leaving a gap in the middle. The gap is for turning your fabric through!

5. Clip the corners of your Bow Tie piece and turn through the gap until the right side is showing. Then turn your corners out because you want them nice and square! Give the edges a good press.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

6. Slip stitch the opening closed.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

7. Repeat steps 4-6 with the knot piece.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

8. Fold the Bow Tie piece in half and sew along the dotted lines marked on your pattern.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

9. Open out the ends and bring the seam to the middle forming a loop.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

10. Lay the bow flat so that the seam is in the middle of the back loop.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

11. Pinch your bow tie to create a pleat in the middle.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

12. Wrap the knot around the bowtie and stitch it closed in the back.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

13. Pinch out the edges and fluff to get a lovely bow shape!

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

14. Slide the band through the back of the knot. Now it’s time to make your buttonholes and sew on your button. Measure the band around your neck and mark where you want the holes and buttons to be. Insert both using the settings on your own machine.

That’s it, you’ve got a fabulous bow tie for gifting or for yourself! This project is perfect for scrap busting. You can even try combining two fabrics for a really fun look.

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12 Responses to Happy <3 Bow Tie Tutorial

  1. janet says:

    Adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. That block-printed style cat fabric is a must-have!

  2. BGM59 says:

    Super! Merci beaucoup pour cette excellente idée, j’ai un mari et 3 fils, je crois que cela va faire des heureux!!! Béné

  3. patricia says:

    Very easy and clear directions. I appreciate the effort put forth. Only problem: there are no measurements for the individual pieces.

    • Jen says:

      Hi- I’m confused as to why you would need the individual measurements? You can download the pattern pieces from the link in the Materials section so there’s nothing you’d really need to measure.

  4. Grace says:

    I just bought the best black floral Liberty fabric and wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with a 1-4 yard. But this is perfect!!

  5. lilee says:

    Love this. Thank you for the instructions. Especially love the cat fabric. Can you tell us what it is and where to purchase? Thank you.

  6. Mickey says:

    What a fun project. I am going to try making this with a white neck band and use velcro instead of buttons then make a variety of bows (different holidays/occasions) for my grandson. Thanks for sharing!

  7. amcclure2014 says:

    I need to make bows for the back of bridesmaid dress and wasn’t sure how to do it neatly. I’m sure this pattern and tutorial will help, thank you. I assume I could change the size if necessary?

  8. Georgia says:

    Do you have any suggestions on scaling this to kid size? I’d love to make some dad and son sets for the holidays.

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