Step 1: Supplies

Mid-weight fabrics such as necktie silk, linen or cotton are preferred. You need less than 1/4 yard:
2 pieces of mid to lightweight fabric, both at least 2” x 8”, up to 3 1/4 x 11”, for the body of the bow tie
1 piece of mid to lightweight fabric, at least 3” x 4”, for the center band
Thread matching the background color of the tie fabric.
Bow-tie clip

Tie patterns
12” ruler
Tailor’s chalk, marking pencil, or ball-point pen
Sewing pins
Sharp scissors
Iron and ironing board
Hand sewing needle

Optional tools:
45 Deg. triangle (for accurately cutting on the bias)
Sewing machine
Japanese chopstick (the kind with the pointed end) or similar thin dowel
I made this for my son to go with his uniform.
<p>I found 100 clips for $20 plus $16 shipping on <a href="http://www.usalanyards.com/bow-tie-clip-cm-1057.aspx" rel="nofollow">usalanyards.com</a>. Nice tutorial!</p>
<p>You can also find bow tie clips @ Etsy! I bought 40 clips for $27.50. The seller is SunFlowerFrecklesToo. She was awesome! I ordered last Friday &amp; I received them on Monday! </p>
<p>Thanks, this was so simple. I made a bunch of them for the little boys in a friend's wedding party.</p><p>The bows have just one leaf each, and i used elastic instead of a clip.</p>
Post a photo when you're done!
<p>Will do!</p>
<p>this is the only part where I'm confused. I'm not the best seemster, nor am I familiar with the terms and procedures. But i understand how to make a pillow, and how you start with the fabric inside out, and sew it so the seems wont show. But are the ends folded here? like if you had the strips of fabric like you were going to make a pillow case, but then folded over the ends to make little &quot;pockets&quot; or what? </p>
<p>Exactly! You'll end up with 2 &quot;pockets&quot; with their openings facing one another in the middle. </p><p>Once you make one, it will be super easy to make your 2nd and 3rd.......</p>
<p>You're just freaking awesome! thank you -sew- much! lol</p>
<p>AWEsome! Thanks so much! Any tips on where to buy the clips from?</p>
<p>You can buy them at Britex Fabrics - http://www.britexfabrics.com/notions/bow-tie-hardware/adult-metal-bow-tie-clip.html</p>
I've made over 100 bow ties since I created this tutorial, and can now confidently say that all you need to do is insert the clip arms (pieces with three holes at the end) through the hole that you cut, pleat the leaves, and sew on the center band. You will not need to sew the clip ends!
I figured out where the interfacing piece goes (I just had to go back to the top and read it, haha!) I do have another question though. You mentioned that if the fabric is slippery to sew the clip onto the tie, and you said to either sew it on the front of the interfacing or on the back of the leaf. How would you suggest to sew the clip on the front of the interfacing?? Would this step need to be done earlier before the leaf is sewn together? <br>Also, do you notice if the tie stays on better if the clip is on the inside of the leaf rather than on the outside?
hi I have a question. You said that there are 4 total pieces. So what &quot;leaf&quot; does the interfacing go on? (the outer one, or the back one?) thank you!
This is great! Thanks!
Very nice! Love the fabric!
Bow ties are cool
So are fezzes.
Not as cool as cowboy hats of course
Not cowboy hats, stetsons. Stetsons are cool.
..Yes...<br>I havent been able to see the new season yet. :(<br>
And stetson hats!
KEVLAR Helmets are cool. especially when they have a chance to work,
Great visuals.
nice fabric!
Thanks! They are both Japanese cotton/linen blends made by a company called Kokka......they make truly fabulous fabrics. I bought the robot one at Britex in SF, and the pirate one elsewhere.
Swank! Thanks for the great instructions. :D
Thanks for the shout-out! It is my first Instructable, but hopefully not my last.

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