Easy Clip-On Bow Tie - TUTORIAL

What little boy doesn't look cuter with a bow tie?  Here's an easy tutorial for a bow tie that can clip on to any shirt.  My little guy loves bow ties, but rarely wears a shirt with a collar.  So a clip on is the way to go.
Easy enough to whip up for that special Valentine's Day outfit.

 Here's what you need:
fabric rectangles, 10 x 6 inches and 4 x 2.5 inches
midweight fusible interfacing, 6 x 2.5 inches
1 clip on earring clip (I got mine HERE)
glue gun and felt scraps to attach the clip
 Fuse the interfacing to the center of the wrong side of the large rectangle.
 Fold the rectangle in half and stitch along the long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
 Turn right side out and press so that the seam is in the center of one side (the interfacing will help the fabric settle this way)
 Match the short, raw edges, with the previous seam on the outside.
 Sew along the edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and pink or finish edge.
 Flip the loop so that the seams are now all on the inside and centered at the back.
 Fold in half lengthwise and sew a line of stitching about 2 inches long, about 3/4 of inch from the fold (white line in the photo below)
To make the center of the bow tie, take the smaller rectangle and fold in fourths; 
fold in half the long way, unfold, fold the long edges to the center, fold in half again.

 Top-stitch along each long edge.

 Determine how tight you want the center loop to be and sew.
 Trim edge.
 Flip so the raw edge is on the inside.

 Slide the loop around the bow.
 Glue the earring clip to the back of the bow tie.
 Glue a small felt square to cover the metal.
 Cut a long strip of felt and cover the entire clip.  I find that the felt is necessary to hold the clip to the shirt.  The metal slips off fairly easily.
I am not adorable.
Okay...maybe I am.


  1. Thanks for this tutorial. I immediately made two of them for my son and he wore one to school today. He had asked for a Bowtie for Christmas and I never got around to it, so your post was perfectly timed for me.

  2. I am going to make these for my dad and brother next week - perfect! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. I made my larger rectangle 9x6 (instead of 10x6) and sewed the center of bow together 5/8 (instead of 3/4) inch for 1 1/2(instead of 2) inches to make a hairbow for my daughter . I'm going to use a bow clip instead of the earring back. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. So so cute! My 6 year old has made two Christmas requests; Pokemon cards and a bow tie. I'm going to try this tomorrow. Thank you!