DIY Bow Tie

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated FNO by DIYing bow ties and neckties from scraps of denim at Madewell – because honestly, who isn’t borrowing a bit of inspiration from the boys this season? Today we’ll be showing you, who may have missed the event, how to DIY a bow tie with luxurious, Dolce & Gabbana-inspired velvet. Before you know it, you’ll be well suited and ready to channel your inner Marlene Dietrich!

You’ll need:

  • a 6″ x 3.5″ piece of velvet
  • a 0.75″ x 2.5″ piece of velvet
  • a 1″ pin back
  • a glue gun
  • a ruler
  • a pen

Start by drawing a vertical line and a horizontal line, dividing the rectangle into 4 equal quarters. Pinch the intersecting lines and pick up the velvet.

Flip the piece over, while still pinching the backside, and place a drop of hot glue in the center. Fold the velvet in half lengthwise, pressing the two sides closed. Place a drop a of glue on backside, along the vertical line and close to the folded edge. Fold the fabric back and press the two sides closed. This is the accordion-like fold that will be repeated.

Place another drop of glue on the front side and fold the fabric closed. Continue the steps until both sides.

Turn the bow on its backside and glue the tip of the velvet strip to the center. Wrap the strip around the bow and seal it closed.

Glue a pin back to the back of the bow.

Your velvet bow tie is finished!

Boy, oh boy . . .

(top image by TommyTon, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)

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98 Comments

  1. Plami wrote:

    ahhhh! Definitely making one!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/2011/09/300-followers-giveaway.html

    9.20.11
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  2. AlbeeLucky wrote:

    Oh boy! I’ve been in awe of those velvet bows. Can’t wait to try this DIY. Thanks a bunch.

    xo-AlbeeLucky.blogspot.com

    9.20.11
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  3. Manding wrote:

    i absolutely resent women who can pull of super masculine accessories. maybe since it’s a bow, it won’t make my athletic-broad shoulder-inverted triangle body look so boy-ish? 🙂

    ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com !

    9.20.11
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  4. Kate wrote:

    So fun! Now I want to make one in every color.

    9.20.11
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  5. Jessie wrote:

    aww this is an adorable DIY. not one i would rock but a fun one to make.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

    9.20.11
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  6. Amy wrote:

    Found your blog on Stumbleupon- newly obsessed!! Thanks for all the fab DIY ideas

    9.20.11
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  7. oh, what fond memories! 😉

    9.20.11
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  8. never imagine it could be so easy. thanks for the tutorial 🙂

    9.20.11
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  9. Ambyr wrote:

    Yay! I love this. Can’t wait to make my own.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

    9.20.11
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  10. erem wrote:

    omg ive been wanting to make a bow tie for ages now..! thanks for the DIY tips..! im so making one this week ^_- x

    9.20.11
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  11. I was so sad to miss the FNO event, SOho was so crazy that night. But glad you posted this one here – so adorable! I am a huge menswear-for-women fan. When will you be DIYing suspenders?
    xo, R
    http://rivington-behindthescenes.blogspot.com/

    9.20.11
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  12. So cool!

    9.20.11
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  13. I love this!

    9.20.11
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  14. Nikki wrote:

    lovely lovely diy!!!! will definitely try it! the bow is such a great break from convention

    9.20.11
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  15. anne wrote:

    sounds super easy! thanks!

    9.20.11
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  16. Lauren wrote:

    So cute – thanks for the tips!!

    Lauren
    http://www.laurensthoughts.com

    9.20.11
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  17. KYBOE USA wrote:

    We’re impressed! These bow ties look great.

    9.20.11
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  18. Wicked!! I love bow ties..and Im never happy with whats in the stores!

    Proud Followers,
    http://thefashpress.blogspot.com/

    9.20.11
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  19. Sahra wrote:

    I think this post was written for me…and it’s so easy! 😀

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

    9.20.11
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  20. How nice!! Thanks for sharing

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

    9.20.11
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  21. Deana wrote:

    Love it!

    9.20.11
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  22. Aquí wrote:

    AMAZING!!! Making one this weekend!!

    9.20.11
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  23. Aga wrote:

    woow love it!

    9.20.11
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  24. sharonlei wrote:

    Doing this DIY stat! LOVE IT TO PIECES. And so easy peasy. 😉

    xx Love & Aloha

    9.20.11
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  25. grace wrote:

    pretty adorable- thanks for sharing!

    -grace

    http://herumbrella.com

    9.20.11
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  26. Grace wrote:

    It’s very cute!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

    9.20.11
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  27. Heidi wrote:

    Looks amazing! Are the raw edges of the velvet not finished in any way, just left to fray? Maybe I missed a step.
    Heidi

    9.20.11
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  28. Stacy wrote:

    This tutorial is just fantastic! I have a near obsession with bowties and I’ll definitely be making a few.

    9.20.11
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  29. Kim wrote:

    Love this DIY because… bowties are cool.

    9.20.11
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  30. tres cute!!!!! and so easy!! xoxo

    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

    9.21.11
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  31. I absolutely love this post and this site, it’s really cool and inspiring!

    http://www.ginaddict.blogspot.com

    9.21.11
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  32. Kerrie wrote:

    this is such a cool idea, thanks for sharing!

    9.21.11
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  33. Charmander wrote:

    I’m definitely trying this one! So cute.

    definingcharmander.blogspot.com

    9.21.11
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  34. i have been on a bow tie high of late,this is a must make!

    9.21.11
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  35. i have been on a bow tie high,this is a must make for me

    9.21.11
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  36. zee wrote:

    ooh very cute, i like it 🙂

    9.21.11
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  37. Vanessa wrote:

    I LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!

    9.21.11
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  38. LOVE this!

    9.22.11
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  39. Aisha wrote:

    This is SUPER CUTE; I love that it’s velvet.

    9.23.11
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  40. Danielle wrote:

    This is soo pretty. I love the sophistication that the velvet fabric adds.

    9.25.11
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  41. Dana wrote:

    So in love with this idea!!! Definitely trying it out!

    xoxo
    Dana
    http://www.culturedblog.com

    9.28.11
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  42. LOve this !!!

    I’m giving away a FREE OMG crossbody bag if you like my fb page and blog!

    Go to http://www.INKEDANDSEWN.com under the Freebies tab to enter!

    Xx Jess James

    9.28.11
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  43. Sara wrote:

    So simple but so elegant! I bet those would make AWESOME hair bows too!
    Kinda American Apparel-esque.
    Love it!
    x
    Sara
    DIY THRIFT ART BLOG
    http://thearttype.blogspot.com

    9.28.11
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  44. Charm D. wrote:

    Hi! I looooove the site! It´s so creative and inspiring!!!
    Do you want to join the DIY fashion group?
    Enter here: http://fashionsblogs.com/groups/diy-fashion-blogs/

    Xoxo. Charm D.

    10.3.11
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  45. Ashley wrote:

    I want one now! 🙂

    10.3.11
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  46. Ashley wrote:
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  47. Michaela wrote:

    It’s so easy and fun to do!! I love to make them. I have done it here http://twoslaps.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-bow-tie.html
    I’s a great inspiration!

    10.26.11
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  48. Burt wrote:

    I love how simple and easy these DIYs are. I’m in love.

    12.20.11
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  49. Anna wrote:

    Instant dose of cool. ^^

    1.30.12
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  50. Anna wrote:

    instant dose of cool. ^_^

    1.30.12
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  51. DeeDee wrote:

    Funny I love bow ties and wear them probably way to often but my technique is way different than this. Check out how to make a more fashionable bow tie here:
    http://www.DeeoniC.com/diy-how-to-make-a-bow-tie/

    2.29.12
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  52. Катя wrote:

    круто чё)

    5.6.12
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  53. RainbowJuice wrote:

    Pfff… Love it this page is awesomee:X

    5.8.12
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  54. Cassandra wrote:

    I love the jacket! Where can I find?

    8.4.12
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  55. Ellie wrote:

    I LOVE this diy! Sadly, I was out of glue for my glue gun, so i just used a needle and thread. Took some elbow grease, but it worked! This is a great project for old jeans that you couldn’t bear to part with. Just cut em up and follow the directions! Thank you, honestlywtf.com!

    8.11.12
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  56. Sarah A wrote:

    Hi! I loved your bow tie so had to have a go myself, I have included a link below to my attempt! I love your projects and although keep a folder of loads of projects I want to try keep coming back to yours! Keep up the good work!

    http://littlebundyscloset.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/diy-bow-tie-tried-and-tested.html

    10.18.12
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  57. moj wrote:

    i make puffy bows. i use 2 layer of fabric. this way, the bow have good shape. not hanging

    11.15.12
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  58. Fanni wrote:

    lovely idea♥ i’m going to buy velvet haha

    11.17.12
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  59. Bregje wrote:

    I just made it, super cute!

    6.27.13
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  60. Luke wrote:

    If I saw you in the street wearing the ensemble in the top photo id have to stop you to tell you how cool you looked 🙂

    9.19.13
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  61. rae wrote:

    can’t wait to try this!

    9.26.14
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  62. Just amazing 🙂

    http://menwithstyle.dk

    4.29.16
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