Has your child ever needed a bow tie for a school performance, but didn’t tell you until the last possible minute? Maybe a Halloween costume needs a bow tie as the finishing touch, but you just can’t spend any more money on it. The 5-Minute No-Sew Bow Tie is the ideal last-minute solution and will cost you less than 50 cents to make!
I made two bow ties for our Magic Trick Trunk or Treat in less than 10 minutes and the size was perfect for both a 10-year old and an adult. However, you may need to reduce the size for a younger child.
- 9″ x 12″ Sheet or 1/16″ yd of Felt
- 2 Safety Pins
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
1. CUT FELT (sizes below)
You will need one 7/8″ x 3″ rectangle and one 2 1/4″ x 12″ rectangle. I used scraps leftover from another project which is the reason the ends of my rectangles aren’t perfectly straight. As I shared in Simple Tricks for Show-Stopping Costumes, you’re creating an illusion so embrace being imperfectly perfect!
2. FOLD THE LEFT END OVER 3 1/4″
Using the 2 1/4″ x 12″ rectangle, fold the left end of the piece over 3 1/4″.
3. FOLD THE RIGHT END OVER 3 1/2″
Next, fold the right end of the piece over 3 1/2″ so it overlaps the folded left end.
4. PINCH THE CENTER
Pinch the center where it overlaps into the shape of a W.
See how the center and the sides are up and the in-between parts are down like a W.
When you flip the bow tie over, it looks like this.
The front of the bow tie looks like an M or an upside down W. The center and sides are down and the in-between parts are up.
5. WRAP THE CENTER AND PIN
Wrap the 7/8″ x 3″ rectangle around the pinched center and secure with a small safety pin.
TA-DA! A no-sew bow tie in less than 5 minutes!
HANK’S HINT: For a more polished bow tie, grab a needle and thread. Hand-stitch the center of the tie then stitch the center wrap closed. Attach a pin back bar to the back of the bow tie.
For our Magic Trick Trunk or Treat, I attached a bow tie to each costume with a large safety pin.
With just one 9″ x 12″ sheet of felt, you can create up to three bow ties which makes them about 17 cents each. A cute accessory for less than a quarter in less than 5 minutes. That’s a win-win for you!
I’d love to see the bow ties you create using The 5-Minute No-Sew Bow Tie tutorial. Tag your photos on social media with @piggybankparties or #piggybankparties for a chance to be featured.
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