I don’t think I am the only one who has ever searched far and wide for a nice necktie and matching bow ties for my husband and little men for a wedding or other special occasion. It just seems like a no-brainer to me. But then I thought to myself, if I purchase a necktie for my husband, and a matching one for my boys, I can work some diy magic to turn that necktie into two adorable bow ties. Being that it’s almost Father’s Day, I figured I would share this clever idea with you.
1. Gather your necktie, scissors, iron, sew on velcro, needle & thread, or sewing machine.
2. Turn the necktie over and take out the loose stitching that runs along the middle of the tie. You may also have to unstitch the designer label as well.
3. Cut the necktie at the point where the it begins to narrow.
1. Take the wider unstitched necktie piece and lay the fabric flat (iron it if needed).
2. Cut two 10×5.5 inch pieces. Depending on the initial size of the necktie, it is okay if one of your pieces slightly less than 10×5.5 inches. You can still achieve a finished bow that is around 4.5×2.75 inches. If size matters, construct the smaller bow first, and then construct the second one to match this size. *My jagged cutting skills prove that you can still get a pretty awesome finished bow without precision.
3. Cut the lining material slightly smaller (two 9.5×4.5 inches) than the outer fabric on each side so that stitching the bow together is easier (and the liner won’t be visible).
4. Cut the thicker, structured material into two 9×2.25 inch pieces. This will give the bow more weight and structure.
5. For each bow tie, stack the fabric, liner, and structured material face down on top of each other. Fold the top of the fabric down, and the bottom of the fabric up over the structured material in the middle.
6. Fold the left and right sides in towards the middle. The two sides should slightly overlap in the middle so that you now have a 4.5×2.75 inch rectangle.
7. Secure your folds by stitching down the middle with a sewing machine or hand stitch. Either way this portion will be covered by the middle piece.
1. Take the remaining narrow unstitched necktie portion and lay the fabric flat (iron if needed).
2. Cut two 4×3 inch pieces. Cut the fabric liner to 3.5×2.5, and cut the structured material to 3×1 inches.
3. Fold the top of the fabric down, and the bottom of the fabric up over the structured material in the middle.
CONSTRUCT THE BOW
1. Shape your bow as desired.
2. Wrap the middle portion around the middle of the bow.
3. On the back side of the bow, fold the edges of the middle portion in one quarter of an inch.
4. Sew the two folded in edges together. This will leave enough wiggle room to slip the neckband through.
1. Using the remain portion of the narrow necktie, cut the fabric the width of your bow tie wearer’s neck plus 2 inches x 1.75 inches. You will need two of these. No need for the liner or structured material.
2. Fold the top of the fabric down, and the bottom of the fabric up to the middle to form a final neckband that is .75 inches wide.
3. Reinforce the fold by ironing over it. Optional: stitch the fold closed for added support.
4. Slip the neckband through the middle piece of the bow tie in the back.
5. Cut .75 inch strips of velcro for each bow tie. *The rough side is called the male or hook side. The soft side is called the female or loop side.
6. Fold one end of the neckband OVER .75 inches, attached the loop side of the velcro, and sew the two together (with small stitches in each corner).
7. Fold the other end of the neckband UNDER .75 inches, attached the hook side of the velcro, and sew the two together.