I decided to make a no-tie bow tie for this one vs a traditional tie-it-yourself bow tie. These instructions will work with almost any fabric, but obviously this one is the best.
Step 1: What You Need
• a small amount of fabric. It needs to be long enough to fit around your neck.
• a small piece of iron on interfacing
• a method of closure. I used a swimsuit hook for this one since it's what I had on hand. You could use a snap as well, or any other clever/more elegant closure you find appealing.
• tools: scissors, thread, sewing machine, iron
Step 2: Cut Pieces
• (x2) Bow Tie Rectangle Face Fabric: 4.75 x 3.5
• (x1) Bow Tie Rectangle Interfacing: 4.25 x 3
• Strip of Face Fabric 1.5" wide, and long enough to reach around neck + at least 4"
Step 3: Make the Bow
Next, sew your two fabric rectangles together, face sides inwards, like you would a pillow case. Your seam line should be along the edge of your interfacing (I used a 1/4" seam allowance). You will need to leave a ~ 1" gap in order to pull it right side out, which is best positioned in the center of one of the long sides of the rectangle.
When finished, clip the corners and pull your rectangle right side out. I didn't bother sewing up the gap, as it will later be covered by the tie and the open section will not be noticeable.
If using cotton or a natural fabric that responds well to heat, iron your bow flat (I skipped this step as I was hesitant to iron on the face side of the disco fabric!).
Step 4: Fold the Bow
Step 5: Make the Strap
Fold your 1.5" strip in half, face side inwards, and sew 1/4" in from the edges. I used a slight zig zag because the disco fabric has some stretch and I don't want to put stress on the thread. When finished with the seam, attach a safety pin to the end and use it to turn your strap right side out.
Because the disco fabric does not press well, I also added two lines of stitching along the edges to keep the strap lying flat. If you are using cotton or a more natural fabric, iron it flat.
Step 6: Tie the Bow
Pull the remainder of your strip through the backside of the bow, with the bow centered on it.
Step 7: Finishing Touches
With that, you're finished. Have fun blinding your guests at your next "black tie" affair!