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Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version

I mentioned earlier this week that I completely ran out of time to make the kiddos’ Easter outfits this year.  Bummer.  I really enjoy making their holiday outfits because, hmmmmm, I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s a good excuse to make them something new?  And justifies the purchase of new fabric?  However, this year I found some really cute things at the store last minute while shopping for something else…..and just went with it.


However, I couldn’t find Connor a tie to wear with his shirt and vest.  Well, I couldn’t find one that matched while out shopping that day.  Yeah, we could have skipped it altogether but there are only so many years before he actually cares what he’s wearing.  So for now, he lets me decide. :)


So, I made him a bowtie.  And the little man loves it!





And it’s not a real bowtie that you tie……’s totally the cheater version.  With a velcro closure.  But most important…….it’s SPEEDY QUICK to make!




Have I ever told you that Connor is kinda nutty?  And has this bubbly giggle that is completely contagious?  All I wanted him to do was stand here and let me photograph his little bowtie…..but the kid couldn’t keep a straight face.  Soon after, we were all laughing.  Ahhhhh….this kid.  I hope he never loses that sweet laugh!




However, he thinks the bowtie is super cool because it’s, hmmmmm, I’m not sure why he thought it was so cool.  Probably because it was something different than the normal straight tie that he wears to church.  And you know, bowties on a little boys are kind of darling!





Yeah, this simple little bowtie came to the rescue for Easter this year.  In under an hour.



And gosh, I love that little face!



Would you like to make one too?


Okay, let’s tackle this little bowtie…



  • 1/4 yard fabric (I used regular quilter’s cotton but you could also use satin or suiting fabric or anything you’d like, really.)
  • Velcro
  • Matching thread


**The measurements below were created for my 5 year old.  However, the same measurements would probably fit 2T-8.  Or maybe even up to a size 10. 


Cut three pieces of fabric.  Your main bow piece at 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, the neck strap at 2 x 18 inches, and the middle cinch at 2 x 3 inches.



Fold each piece in half lengthwise (with right sides together) and stitch along the raw edges, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.



Turn each piece right side out and iron flat.  The seam can go along the center of the back side of each piece.  (Need help turning a tube right side out?)



Grab the large bowtie piece and fold it in half width-wise and sew the two raw ends together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.



Turn this fabric right side out and flatten.  Center the seam along the middle of the back side and open up the 1/4 inch raw edges on the inside and lay them flat.



Pinch the middle of this fabric, right along that centered seam…..creating a sort of accordion fold.  Thread a needle and wrap some thread around the middle to cinch it in tight and knot the thread ends with your needle, nice and snug to the center of the bow.



Place the neck strap along the back of the bow and wrap more thread around the middle, securing the neck strap in place.



Now, place one end of the center cinch piece on the back of the bowtie and hand stitch it into place.



Wrap the rest of this little strip of fabric snugly around the center of the bowtie until you reach the back again.  Fold the raw edge under and hand stitch in place.  (If you have way too much fabric to fold under, cut some off first.)



Fold each end of the neck strap under a 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch, and then sew in place.



Then sew some velcro to each end of the bowties, making sure that one piece is on the “right’ side of the neck strap and the other piece of velcro is on the “wrong” side of the neck strap.  That way, the velcro will secure properly without the neck strap getting twisted.



And that’s it.  Time to secure that little bowtie around someone’s neck!








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  1. Judy Mulcahy says:

    Can you tell me what the finished size is i am making them for a bear

  2. Zoe says:

    Thanks very much for sharing this tutorial! We have a "100 day" celebration at school where my son will dress as a 100 year old and a bow tie will be perfect!

  3. Shelly Goshko says:

    Great little boy tie! Do you have a men’s version?

  4. Alea says:

    Thank you! Just what I was looking for! Except, I used this to make several bows for my daughter’s hair. She wants to Disney Bound as Minnie and Shellie May (Duffy’s girlfriend.) These turned out great!

  5. Emma says:

    I love this tutorial. I was looking for directions on making a bow tie for my grandson and yours is absolutely perfect. In under an hour I had a beautiful tie.

  6. Fran says:

    Thanks – this is so cute about to make matching ones for my two grandsons, 1 & 2 years old.
    I like the velcro closure rather than the on the bias tie that is long because the velcro would come apart easily rather than restrict around their necks. Great idea. Thanks so much!

  7. kate says:

    I made this yesterday for my 5 year old… I couldn’t find a tie I liked at a price I liked. Found some adorable yellow and while polka-dot fabric (on sale) and knocked out a tie in about 45 minutes. So fun! I can’t wait to make more.

  8. Ellie says:

    thank you!!! This just helped me make some super cute bow ties for my pageboys!!

  9. Sue says:

    The bowtie is adorable, but it’s the darling boy and his irrepressable smile that made my day.

  10. Natalie says:

    For Easter last year I made my son a bow tie and a matching hair bow for my daughter. Your instructions were easy to follow, and it really didn’t take much time at all. I’m heading back to the craft store to find some fabric for this year’s bow tie and hair bow. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  11. Erika says:

    Thank You! Very easy and fast to make. I will be makings more for my son in different colors.

  12. gaby says:

    I was wondering if this could be made with terry cloth. Kind of like a spin on a bib. My son is 2 and still a big drooler and he is missin up all his nice shirts. He wont have anything to do with bibs so i may try to make some and hope he’ll wear it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m not a crafty person, but your tutorial inspired me to make bow ties for my son! I can’t stop making them now! Thank you!

  14. Anonymous says:

    How long do you cut each piece of Velcro?

  15. Rebekah says:

    My 3 year old special needs son’s best friend is another special needs boy who is 18. They both love bow ties. If I wanted to make an adult size one, do you know how much more fabric I would need?

  16. Carrie says:

    Awesome tutorial! I was looking for a sewing tutorial instead of using a glue gun and yours is perfect! Thank you so much!

  17. Tara says:

    Very easy and turned out perfect. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Thank you Dana!!! Just what I needed tonight to finish up an outfit for our vacation tomorrow !:)

  19. Kaly says:

    And good taste in fabric too – I used this fabric last year on my boys’ Easter ties!

  20. Kat says:

    Don’t have any kids to sew for (Yet!) but I love coming and seeing what you have made for your little, and no so little anymore, ones. You do have wonderfully fun looking children, as in I am sure they would always be up for a game of tag and spend most of the time laughing and causing the rest of the people to laugh with them for sharing their joy at life.

    As a previous poster said this looks like it would also work to make a girls headband bow or perhaps a bow to “girl up” a hand-me down from a brother.

  21. Mary Ann S. says:

    He is such a doll…It hink he looks terriffic…I think all boys should wear one…think of all the special days you could make each one special.

    Thanks so much Ashley

  22. Meg says:

    The very first bow tie I sewed for my little guy was made out of that exact same fabri! (JoAnns, I think, two years ago, but possibly still on the shelf.) And he still wears it, because it’s adorable. I love yours, and it makes me feel like I have really good taste if YOU picked the same thing my inexperienced self picked. :)

  23. Candy says:

    He is a BEAUTIFUL child!!!! Congratulations!!! And the bowtie is adorable, too!

  24. cucicucicoo says:

    So adorable! My little guy will be a ring bearer next month and I was thinking that I wanted to make him a tie or bowtie to match the bridesmaid dresses (which I’m also making), so this is just in time! Thanks! :) Lisa

  25. Nancy says:

    Literally went to the fabric store this morning to buy fabric to make easter bow ties for my boys (inspired by your bow tie onesie). I was so excited to get home and see this in my inbox. Perfect timing! I will be making this today!

  26. becky says:

    Thanks! I will be making this today!

  27. Amber says:

    Just in time! I just finished the spring dress for my daughter and suspenders for littlest son. I was in the process of searching the internet for bow tie tutorials and low and behold here it is! My kids will all be sporting make-it and love it looks for Easter this year! Thanks so much for providing such great tutorials!

  28. Dawn M. says:

    It looks to me that that same little boy’s bow tie could also be used for a little girl’s headband.

  29. Crystal S. says:

    My 5 year old owns that same shirt and vest but I have never thought to put them together. That sweet little bow tie ties them together nicely. Thanks for the timely post. I don’t sew for my son nearly enough! I have made my son bow ties in the past but I like this version much better. Love it.

  30. Heather Bartron says:

    Thank you so much! I was just looking last night for an Easter bow tie to make for my 5-year-old and I was sad you didn’t have one. You’re tutorials are my favorite!

  31. Tamara says:

    What is the age of your son, I ask becuase I have to do one for an 8 year old and I am unsure of the length the bow tie shoud be (the bow part)

  32. Megan W. says:

    Just in time! I was just scouting my favorite craft blogs for a bow tie so I can throw one together for Easter. Such a cutie!

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