Easy Toddler Bow Tie

A few days back I was experimenting with the different Bow Tie tutorials out there. I found that there is the basic “simple” one, then there is the actual bow tie that you tie. When I tried them both I decided that I really liked the more complicated one better; however, for kids I’m giving the simple one a trie first. Don’t mind orange, it was my “cheap” test material.

This is my first try at a simple one:


This is my first try at the more complicated bow tie, I actually created the pattern and tied it myself (that will be a later post as I DO plan to make some of these later). I do admit that I did have to YouTube how to tie a bow tie! Doesn’t it look really nice!!


So, this is the site that I based my “simple” bow tie off of. http://www.lifeingracegirls.com/2012/05/bow-tie-tutorial/

To start with, I measured my son’s neck. It was about 11 1/2 inches, so I made my neck piece 14 inches by 2 inches. I should have made it 15 or 16 inches. I would recommend adding 4 or 5 inches onto the size of your child’s neck. You can also measure the neck of the shirt to get a better estimate, but if you do that you don’t need to add as much if you measure that way.

In the blog they used 12 inches by 3 inches for the bow tie part, but they found it was too long. So I decided to make my bow tie part 10 1/2 inches by 3 inches. The small piece I made the same 2 by 3 inches.


Now, on the ends of the neck part I like to fold one side in, then the other side, and use a chopstick or un-sharpened pencil to get the two corners.




See, nicely tucked in and ready to have the Velcro on it or how ever you plan to finish it. I like Velcro because it’s cheap and you can get a big roll that you can cut to size.


Now, like the blog post shows I folded the bow part like an accordion and put the middle ring around it. I then took the neck piece and pushed it in as I pushed the bow in.



Then I made sure the bow was in the middle of the neck piece so the velcro will be in the back. I also made sure the bow was center and just right. Once It looked good to me I took it one step further than the blog mentioned. I hand stitched all three parts together. I stitched the bow to the neck piece, then the neck piece to the center ring, then I moved to the other side and did the same thing. When I moved to the other side, I slid the needle through the back of the ring.


Here’s the back:


And here’s what it looks like on my son. I don’t like to put my kids face up on a public blog, so I zoomed in on the bow tie!


A few additional things I would like to note, the tighter the center ring is the more the bow tie will stay put. But if it’s too tight it’s really hard to put on. Also, when hand stitching I should have tried to make the stitches a little tighter. The bow tie doesn’t come apart, but the bow tie becomes off centered. So make sure the center ring is nice and tight, and the hand stitching is nice and tight too!


*EDIT* I found more hand stitching was necessary to help keep the bow tie from becoming off centered. See this post for more details!

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