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Project

Bow Ties

Introduction

If you need a gift for a classy gentleman this holiday season, what could be better than a handmade bow tie? Aaron Caramanis, one of our in-house crafters, shared this technique for bow-tie making.

Materials

  • Bow-tie template
  • Chip board or mat board
  • Craft knife
  • 1/2 yard quilting cotton (Makes three bow ties.)
  • 1/2 yard lightweight nonwoven fusible interfacing (Makes three bow ties.)
  • Iron
  • Mini rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread in coordinating color
  • Scissors
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Bone folder
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Bow-tie tying instructions template
  • Light-colored card stock
  • Glue or double-sided tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print bow-tie templates, trace onto chipboard or mat board, and cut out with a craft knife.

  2. Step 2

    Iron lightweight, nonwoven fusible interfacing onto wrong side of fabric. Cut two 6-by-22-inch pieces from interfaced fabric and stack on top of each other, right side up.

  3. Step 3

    Place templates on top of stacked fabric and cut around them with a mini rotary cutter.

  4. Step 4

    Sew each set of long and short pieces together with a bias seam. To create bias seam, lay pieces with angled ends placed together, right sides facing, at a 90-degree angle. Pin in place. Stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and press open seam.

  5. Step 5

    Pin sewn bow-tie pieces together, right sides facing, with bias seams staggered. With 1/4-inch seam allowance, stitch all around the bow tie, starting just before one bias seam and stopping just after the opposing bias seam.

  6. Step 6

    Trim corners and notch seam allowance at curves, being careful not to clip into seam. Turn right side out using the eraser on a pencil and/or a bone folder. Use bone folder to push out corners of tie.

  7. Step 7

    Press tie. Use a slipstitch to sew opening closed.8. Print bow-tie tying instructions template on light-colored card stock. Cut out template on solid line with a craft knife, and score on dotted line with a bone folder. Fold in half, using glue or double-sided tape to stick wrong sides together. Cut out marked notch for hanging on button.

  8. Step 8

    Print bow-tie tying instructions template on light-colored card stock. Cut out template on solid line with a craft knife, and score on dotted line with a bone folder. Fold in half, using glue or double-sided tape to stick wrong sides together. Cut out marked notch for hanging on button.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009

Reviews (20)

  • 17 Apr, 2014

    About how much material should be added for each neck size larger than 16? 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18? Thanks!

  • 7 Aug, 2013

    This bowtie works great for a toddler, just print out without enlarging, and then add a 1/4 seam allowance around all sides before cutting. Then instead of sewing both ends together, keep them separate; tie the bow tie, and hem the ends so that they fit around your toddler's neck and overlap about an inch. Then attach velcro so you can keep the front tied and just attach at the back. Easy on and easy off, no wrestling needed!

  • 29 Jun, 2012

    Has anyone noticed that the template is not symmetrical -- i.e. when you put the fabric together right-sides facing each other, the bumps do are not the same shape and do not align properly. Is there a reason for this or is it just an imperfect template? Otherwise, I 'ignored' the unaligned part and made a really cute bow tie! Thanks

  • 17 Feb, 2010

    Could someone add tips for making a clip-on bow tie for a toddler/little boy? There is no way my 3-year-old would stand still long enough for me to tie it on him. I would love to make him a bow tie! Thank you!

  • 8 Dec, 2009

    I dint need to wait for the Template I just went to a thrift store bought a used BOW TIE for 1.99 and made my own pattern, MAKE IT WORK !...Happy Holidays

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    This pattern is designed for a 16-inch neck; yes, for a wider neck, you can just add some more length at the straight part of the bow-tie.

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    What size neck is this pattern designed for? Can I just add some more length at the straight part for a wider neck size?

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    It's Monday the 7th!!!!! Remember Martha loves promptness

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    Please hurry with the template as the holidays begin on Saturday

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    The template and process will be up later today.

    - Eric, MSLO

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    where is the template for bow tie. can't find it

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    Please Please Please the template!!!!!! I want to get going
    Merry Christmas

  • 7 Dec, 2009

    when will the bow tie template be ready? Anxious to make gifts for Christmas.

  • 6 Dec, 2009

    Watching the show today from DVR and AARRGGH have to wait until tomorrow for template

  • 4 Dec, 2009

    But I reaaallly .like to sew on the weekend Martha darlinG!! I need that bow tie template!

  • 3 Dec, 2009

    Looking forward to December 7 to access bow-tie pattern! Thanks Martha! Sincerely

  • 3 Dec, 2009

    When will the template be loaded?

  • 3 Dec, 2009

    Where is the promised template? Ready to make!

  • 3 Dec, 2009

    Whats going on lets make it work!! oh wait thats Tim Gunn this isnt project Runway

  • 3 Dec, 2009

    it's been 24 hours. please post