sewing pattern - freestyle bow tie in two styles (PDF for immediate download)

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This is a PDF SEWING PATTERN that is available for immediate download, NOT a finished product! You will be able to download the pattern from Etsy after payment is completed. The PDF is 8 pages long and includes step-by-step directions with pictures, preparation & construction tips, plus the pattern itself.

the bow tie
This is a modern bow tie pattern that you can use to make fitted bow ties with either the traditional butterfly tip or a diamond point tip.

This bow tie is a freestyle tie you will tie yourself, not a pre-tied or clip-on tie. As you can see from the last two images, you can have fun combining fabrics to make your tie reversible!

finished dimensions
The bow tie is 2" wide at the bow, and has a narrow 3/4" band. The pattern is sized for a 15.5" shirt collar, but includes simple instructions on how to adjust the pattern for a perfect fit.

Check out my blog for directions on how to make your bow tie reversible, adjustable, or "batwing" style:

skill level
The bow tie is a great project for beginners, but fun for more experienced sewers as well! Honestly the hardest part is cutting the fabric carefully, as those curves and narrow bends can be treacherous. Use sharp scissors and take your time and you will be fine!

suggested fabrics
Lightweight woven fabrics with some stability are perfect for the bow tie. Fabrics that are too drapey will be difficult to work with and will form a droopy tie. Avoid fabrics that are sheer, stretchy, knit, drapey, slippery, heavyweight, or with pile like velvet or faux fur.

The bow tie is a great way to show off fabric with a small-scale motifs and abstract prints, or graphic designs like stripes, plaids, and checks. The pattern will tell you to cut your fabric on the straight grain, but you can cut it on the crosswise or on the bias, depending on how you'd like the motif on your fabric to appear on the completed tie.

materials needed
- 1/2 yard of fabric
- scrap lightweight fusible interfacing (a 4" x 4" square would be plenty)
- basic sewing supplies

2 yards 10 gifts
The bow tie is one of ten sewing patterns from my "2 yards 10 gifts" e-book published in 2013. Pick up all ten of the patterns here:

Never hesitate to contact me with any questions about any pattern you purchase from me! Reach me via Etsy convo or through my contact form here:

Sewing patterns by Valerie Williams under the label Holland Cox, The Syndicate, or handmade classics are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, and are for personal use only.

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