Updated September 20, 2018
Read step by step instructions after the video.

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.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

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

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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.

Step 3

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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Step 7

Press tie. Use a slipstitch to sew opening closed.

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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.

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