DIY: No Sew Bow Tie

I’ve been making these quick bow ties for years.  They are great for quick dress-up items and even Halloween costumes and had originally put this quick & easy tutorial together as a set of images to share with a certain tall, super artistic bride.  The day before her wedding she was looking for some last minute bow ties for photobooth props and not finding anything to her liking.  So, I snapped a few photos to get her started and then she rocked them out in her true artistic fashion.    Below is the quick and dirty tutorial to whip up your own photobooth or next impromptu costume.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 piece of felt (or other fabric) for each bow tie.
  • elastic headband or wooden dowel
  • scissors
  • hot glue

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting off the piece that will become the center of your tie.  If using a standard size piece of craft felt, just cut down one edge vertically and approximately 2 inches wide.
  2. Fold each of the edges of the larger piece of felt to the inside.  Hot dog style. I leave a small opening in the center to make it a small bit larger, but this is not necessary.
  1. Take the long skinny piece of felt, and fold in half.

  2. Take the large piece from step 3 and squish it to the center (from both the top and bottom) to create the “bow” shape.
  3. Use the skinny piece to wrap around the center of the bow to hold it together.  Secure the piece to the back of the bow with hot glue and then trim the excess length off with scissors. If you are using an elastic headband for your bow tie secure it underneath this center piece as well.
  4. Ready to wear…either as a bow tie or a large bow headband.  Or if you are using for a photobooth attach a wooden dowel to the back as perfectly demonstrated by the Über creative Lauren (go ahead, link over and check out her super fun photobooth photos while you are at it)

  5. So, there you have it a no sew fun bow tie in less than 5 minutes!  Try them out, you’ll have fun I promise 🙂  How will you use your no sew bow ties?  Wedding photobooth props?  Halloween costume?

    • Babybear17
    • September 26th, 2012

    Thank you so much this is just what I need for tomorrow at school. We are doing Waky Wednesday and me and my friends are being nerds! This is just what I needed. Thank you again!!!

    • pride Laparra
    • August 14th, 2012

    Thankyou so much! This came in handy for my chibitalia cosplay!!! I love you!!!!!!!! Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!!!!

    • Greta
    • April 23rd, 2012

    Thank you so much for this how-to! I am taking my three young sons to a tea party this afternoon with their playgroup and this was JUST the accessory I was looking for! 🙂

    • Nadia
    • April 4th, 2012

    Love it!

    • Nadia
    • April 4th, 2012

    Very cute

    • julie
    • February 9th, 2012

    making these for my husband and i tomorrow! it’ll be for his nerdy thirty :] thanks SO much!

    • marzfabulous
    • October 21st, 2011

    Thanks so much! I’ll be making a big aqua blue one for my husband to wear with his Mad Hatter (cartoon version) costume that I’ve been piecing together:) It’ll be PERFECT!!

  1. That’s so cute and I love that it’s no-sew! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  1. August 12th, 2010