Standard Tie Into a Bow Tie (no Cutting Required)





Introduction: Standard Tie Into a Bow Tie (no Cutting Required)

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Have a bunch of regular ties, want bow ties but don't want to buy em, well you came to the right place. This will not ruin your ties. You do not need to cut anything, and with enough training this can be done within two minutes.

Step 1: Pick Your Favorite

First grab the tie you would like to convert(not permanent).

Step 2: The Finger Fold

Place your middle finger at the apex of the fat end(seam side up) under the tie, with your ring and index finger above the tie. This is where you will gently fold the two obtuse sides of the fat end of the tie (in) towards the seamless side.

Step 3: The Final Trick

Now fold the entire fat end toward the seamless side slipping it in the stitched loop, and pull it through with your free hand.

Step 4: Initial Fold

This will determine how wide your tie is so a good "rule of thumb" in this case will be "rule of hand". I personally like to have the tie as wide as my four fingers with a little wiggle room.

Step 5: The Extra Flaps

You want this to look as close to a bow tie as possible, in order to give it those two extra back flaps you need to fold it two more times. To do this simply put your hand over the fold you already made and fold over your hand, repeat this process twice for two flaps.

Step 6: The Actual Knot

Now fold the skinny end closest to the folded fat end on the seam to half the width. While holding the pre-folded fat end horizontally in place wrap the halved skinny end around vertically(all the way around to where you started), then slip the skinny end through where you started

Step 7: The Actual Look

Pull the skinny end up while holding the folds and knot down to tighten the knot and give the folds a true bow tie look

Step 8: The Loop

Well you gotta put this around your neck some how. So the loop is next, it's very easy. Just grab that loose skinny end again and push it through the knot at the same place you pushed it through to make the knot. At this point tighten the knot again to keep it from slipping out.

Step 9: The Final Product

Flip up your collar and put the tie around your neck tighten your knot more to make sure the loop stays in place. Pull the little bit of the skinny end until the tie is at the desired tightness(if there is a lot of length of the loose end don't worry wrap it around your neck and tuck it under the loop. After all this flip your collar back down and the conversion is complete.

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A great instructable. I'm printing it out and putting it in my tie drawer!

Bowties are cool!

This is literally the coolest thing that I've learned to do (sadly) in 5 years... Honestly I think it's easier than tying a standard tie.

Awesome idea I love it; very cool selection of bow ties now yay haha


Damn, you beat me to it... ;-)

That's really cool and so true. Thank you for checking it out.

One is never to old to learn.

I always knew that a bow tie was originally just an other way of folding and knotting an ordinary tie, my grandpa wore them that way when I was a little kid (before the 1950's) (prefab bow ties came later), later on kept wondering how he did it.

Now I know !

Very simple, clear and useful instructable, thank you !

Sometimes it will be lopsided but all that is needed to make it even is a little pulling. If you hold the knot in the center and pull whatever side is smaller a little bit it will even out.

great idea... choices of bow ties are limited and expensive but this would open up a whole new world of choice!

Yes bow ties are cool so are fezzes.

It doesn't get attached to your shirt you just wear it like a regular tie. Tighten it, wear it, when you get done wearing it just take it off and untie it.

Just one question: How do you attache it to your shirt?

Gerardaddy just look over the final step that should help you see how it works.

Gerardaddy you wouldn't literally attach it to your neck. It works like a regular tie you just tighten it around and let it sit

how do you affix to neck?

Well documented and thoughtful steps. I just mentioned to friends yesterday that I need to get some bow ties... maybe I don't now.....

Excellently documented! Great first instructable!