Learn how to make a bow tie

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 16.47

Ever wanted to make a bow tie for those special occasions? Or maybe you like to wear them to the office, like a certain Mr Louis Matthewman? We have chosen to use one of our new prints from the Spring/Summer 2014 Liberty Art fabrics collection called Queue for the Zoo, which we think is not only an awesome print, but would also make a great conversational accessories for your wardrobe. This Liberty print is designed by the illustrator and children’s author OK David, find out more about the inspiration behind this print here.

Follow our step-by-step guide on how to make your own Liberty print bow tie.

You will need:

Fabric – Queue for the Zoo

Iron-on interfacing in medium weight

Thread and all the normal sewing bits and bobs

A bow tie template, which you can download  here.

Depending on the size of the collar the template can be adjusted for sizes between a 16 inch – 17.5 inch collar, for a larger or smaller collar add or decrease by 6mm for each 1/2 inch

Step 1:

Using the template cut two pieces from the Queue for the Zoo fabric.

Fold the fabric and place the pattern template on the edge of the fold, this will give you one whole piece of cut fabric.

Step 2:

Cut two pieces from the interfacing, working in the same way by placing the end of the template on the folded fabric edge. You should now have four pieces in total.

Step 3:

Lay one of the pieces of interfacing onto the cut out fabric piece, making sure the adhesive side faces the wrong side of the fabric. Fuse both pieces together with an iron and do the same for the second piece of fabric.

Step 4:

Using a tailor’s chalk, pencil or erasable fabric pen, draw a line for the 1/4 inch seam allowance, you can either do this by using a tape measure or you can trace around the inner part of the template to have a guide line.

Step 4:

You will now have two pieces ready to sew together to make your bow tie. With the right sides facing, line up and pin both pieces together.

Step 5:

Begin sewing from one side of the bow tie to the other, we have started in the center of the bow tie, which will sit at the back of the neck. This will also be where you will leave an opening to turn the bow tie the correct way. Leave a gap of between 7 to 8cm, this should give you enough room.

Step 6:

Clip the corner points of the bow tie, this will reduce the amount of bulk material when you are turning the bow tie out. Snip small notches along the curved edges of the bow tie shape, this will help when pressing.

Step 7:

Now for the fiddly part: you can use a knitting needle or something pointy to tease the fabric the right way through the gap that you leftin the middle. Take one side of the bow tie and start to slowly pull it though the right way, then do the same with the other side until your bow tie is the correct way.

Step 8:

Make sure to push all the edges out for a crisp silhouette.

Step 9:

Close the gap by slip stitching the opening shut.

Step 10:

Using the end of a knitting needle, make sure all the corners are pushed out for a crisp edge. All that is needed now is for you to press it. For an extra crisp edge and nice finish, cover with a damp cloth when ironing the bow tie.


Time to get ready for that party and show off your bow tie – once you’ve learnt how to tie it!

Don’t forget to share your #SewLiberty projects with us.


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