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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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