DIY Bow Tie – How To Make Your Own Bow Tie – Easy, No Sewing Needed

Easy How To - No-Sew DIY Bow Tie via @minaslater

Today I’m going to show you how to make a bow tie without sewing in less than 5 minutes! This is so simple, even kids can do it, plus it’s super frugal! It all started when I was heading to the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour concert with Muffin. I decided to go all dressed up in black in white and be on my Suit & Tie. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had no time to go on beast mode to search stores for a bow tie so I decided to try to make my own super quick with things I had sitting around the house. I think it turned out well and I got a lot of compliments that night. My DIY bow tie was a hit! Dudes aren’t the only ones that can rock em ๐Ÿ˜‰ See below how I did it…

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Excuse the poorly lit hotel room selfies ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was way too excited for the show to keep trying for better snapshots!

DIY – Do It Yourself Bow Tie (No-Sew)

What you will need: 1 hair elastic, 1 wrap headband (a scarf or other piece of fabric will also work) Note: My wrap headband is about 32 inches long.

  • Fold 1 end over about 5 inches. (Fold over again if material is very thin). Leave the remaining length loose and forget about it for now.
  • Pinch in the center of the 5 inch fold. I find it best when there are 3 folds in the center, the resulting shape looks better!
  • Secure the pinched center with hair elastic (just like you would a pony tail). Don’t make it too tight, you’ll need a bit of leeway for the final step…wearing your new bow tie!

Easy How To - No-Sew DIY Bow Tie via @minaslaterHow do you wear it? Piece of pie! Take that loose end from step 1 and loop it into the secured pinched center of the bow from step 3. Pull taught to adjust to your neck size and comfort level. I decided to leave the tail end exposed but you can tuck it under or simply cut it if you choose. I didn’t want to cut mine because I wanted the option to use it for other things or lend it to friends. You can also use these as head band bows and belts. Or find the perfect fabric to make bow ties for groomsmen to save costs on your wedding! Seriously, why not do it yourself? I can’t wait to start playing with different colors, patterns and shapes to make more of these! Fast, easy DIY projects are so fun! Agreed?



  1. Robin Rue
    February 1, 2014 / 7:34 AM

    You are so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love how you made that bow tie look so easy to do, but you know what? I would find a way to mess it up. LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Michele
    February 1, 2014 / 9:04 AM

    That really looked cute on you and I am sure you did get a lot of compliments! It is amazing what we can do or think up when it is crunch time! Great job!

  3. Sadie
    February 1, 2014 / 10:59 AM

    I could never pull that off, but you do! It’s super cute and I love the simple tutorial.

  4. Terry My Journey With Candida
    February 1, 2014 / 12:09 PM

    How cute that bow tie turned out… You look great in it too. It is such a great way to dress up an outfit.

  5. Nikki
    February 1, 2014 / 1:14 PM

    You had me a “no sewing required.” That came out really cute! Love your infographic-style tutorial!

  6. Danity Donnaly
    February 1, 2014 / 2:38 PM

    That looks really cute. I would look like a fool wearing that though.

  7. vinma
    February 1, 2014 / 4:32 PM

    That looks lovely! And you had me at ‘No Sew’ lol Now, there is no reason not to give it a try, right? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. becca
    February 1, 2014 / 5:15 PM

    what a cute bow and so easy to do fromthe looks for the illstration will try this to see if ican make one myself

  9. mail4rosey
    February 1, 2014 / 10:52 PM

    I can see my daughter wanting to make these, and I bet she’ll start in very shortly after I show her the post. Very fun!

  10. mail4rosey
    February 1, 2014 / 10:52 PM

    Oh geez, I thought my original comment didn’t show. Sorry for the duplicate.

  11. Mel Cole
    February 1, 2014 / 11:09 PM

    What a cute way to create your own bow tie. You look gorgeous!

  12. tessii1
    February 1, 2014 / 11:36 PM

    My daughter would like a bow like that. Looks nice on you too!

  13. Maria Sinclair
    February 2, 2014 / 10:31 AM

    I love the look that the bow adds. So adorable!

  14. Onica {MommyFactor}
    February 2, 2014 / 10:59 AM

    What a cute idea to make your own bow tie. Change the patterns and colors and so many great fashion possibilities

  15. Lawna Young
    February 2, 2014 / 2:59 PM

    I can’t sew so I love the idea that it does not call for any sewing. What a super cute bow by the way!

  16. Chef John & Anne
    February 2, 2014 / 4:18 PM

    That is super cute … love the fabric too. Adds a nice touch to the overall look of your outfit!

  17. Amy @ MI Savings Mama
    February 2, 2014 / 5:08 PM

    What a cute idea! I never thought to make a bow like that! Love it with your outfit

  18. Ashley Wintters
    February 2, 2014 / 6:28 PM

    Adorable! I would have never thought of that!

  19. February 2, 2014 / 7:52 PM

    You make it look so simple and easy. Definitely something that I can do and make myself look fashionable in doing so as well. It looks great on you!

  20. February 2, 2014 / 9:47 PM

    Cool! So easy to do – thanks for sharing. I definitely need to look more of your diy too!

  21. Kimber Ashley
    February 2, 2014 / 10:47 PM

    That is adorable and even better that it is no sew. I love a quick and easy project. I might use this on a headband for my baby girl!

  22. February 2, 2014 / 10:56 PM

    It looks great on you and the fabric is pretty too.. I love that bow tie.

  23. nicole orriรซns
    February 10, 2014 / 1:04 PM

    I really like this! Because I think I can actually do this. Often these tutorials are quite difficult, but this one, I can do! So thank you! I think I’ll make a bow tie for my youngest son, because he’s really into ties.

    Momfever (Sitsgirls)

  24. nickic61
    February 10, 2014 / 2:29 PM

    My 19 year old son has a recent fascination with wearing a bow tie. He gets all decked out for his college classes – dress pants, button down shirt and a bow tie. I’m going to pin this so I can, maybe, make a couple.

    Just dropping by from the SITS Girl comment challenge.

  25. February 10, 2014 / 10:47 PM

    Wow! I love, love, love it. I really do. I’ll have to try this on a belt. Thanks!

  26. Regan
    February 11, 2014 / 8:39 PM

    I love this! My husband was trying to find a bow tie for Bow Tie Monday at work. I’ll have to share this with him