How to Sew a Bow Tie

Turn vintage ties into bow ties for the dapper man in your life. This upcycled DIY gives new life to that thrift store find.


  • wide neck tie
  • seam ripper
  • sewing machine
  • hand needle and matching thread
  • scissors
  • iron
  • bow tie pattern, we found ours via Portia La Wrie’s blog!


  1. Using the seam ripper, disassemble the tie. Remove any extra fabric lining and press flat with the iron.
  2. On the wrong side of fabric, trace the pattern four times. The length should be determined by the neck measurement so adjust pattern length accordingly.
  3. Cut out pieces and place two right sides together. Then quickly sew piece A to piece B at the flat end. Iron seam to flatten. Repeat with remaining two pieces.
  4. Now that you have two longer pieces, place right sides together and pin around the edges leaving approximately a 3″ gap on one side for turning. Sew around edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim any excess fabric.
  5. Turn fabric right side out and press with iron then whip stitch the gap closed.

Photography by Rachel Solomon.

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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