Bow ties aren't hard to make at all, although sewing them by hand can take a while o.O But imagine the awe of your peers when they realise that your slightly-dodgy-bow is not only self-tied, but hand made!
Step 1: Required Stuff
- Basics ---> Needle + thread + sewing machine + measuring tape + scissors + pins etc
- 50cm x 50cm of woven fabric (at least)
- Thin interfacing
- Bow tie pattern
Step 2: The pattern
When printing the pattern, make sure you scale the print at 100%. The pattern should be printed on A4 paper, which is 8.27x11.69 inches. Cut out carefully and then tape the two As together. The arrows on the pattern indicate the grain line. Bow ties should be cut on the bias because it makes them easier to fold.
Align the pattern piece on the fabric so that the grain line is either parallel or perpendicular to the selvedge. Either fold the fabric behind the pattern twice so that when it is cut, you get 4 pieces at once, or trace out the pattern 4 times individually (as I have done).
I made the lining out of the same fabric, but if you wish to make it a different fabric, cut two of the lining and two of the outer fabric.
If you are interfacing, cut two pattern pieces out of interfacing and iron them to the wrong side of the lining.
Step 3: Forming the long pieces
Sew the pieces together 1cm from the edge. Repeat with the other two pieces.
Step 4: Sewing it all together
Turn it all inside out, using scissors/a capped pen/a chopstick to poke the corners so that they're sharp. Iron it all out so that it's nice and flat :)
Stitch up the opening (ladder stitch is the best) and iron some more.
Step 5: Tie your bow tie
I apologise for my terrible bow tying skills. In my defence, this is my first time tying a bow tie. Hopefully, my bows will look better in the future, as I will be practising lots and lots with my new bow!
Since I'm still a noob in terms of bow tying, I suggest looking elsewhere for those instructions. There are some 'ibles, right here on this site. Personally, I like this one by BigCoCo. I still think that videos are the best though, so try Youtube.
Goodluck with your bowtie making, and thanks for reading :D