Sewing pattern: Father’s Day bow tie

How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes - Not just for Fathers Day

A Father’s Day gift for the perfect gentleman. Shauna and Stephen, the duo behind Forage, show us how to sew a bow tie for Father’s Day.

It’s a joyous moment when your dad starts shimmying to the dance circle, isn’t it? Nobody does The Fishing Rod quite like he does, and with pro moves like that he needs to look the part. Only a classic dicky bow will flatter a dad dancer. Here’s how to make one…

Fathers Day sewing pattern - How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes

You’ll need…

• Fabric, approx 1m
• Fusible interfacing
• Measuring tape
• Scissors
• Chalk
• Thread & needle
• Sewing machine
• Iron
• Pins

Note: Avoid thick fabrics or anything with stretch. Cut your pattern on a bias, this gives your bow tie natural stretch. Fusible interfacing will help keep your bow tie’s shape without adding too much bulk.

Father's Day sewing pattern - How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes - step 1

Step 1

Print two copies of the template [the pattern includes a seam allowance of 6.4mm (¼”)]. Adjust the overall length so that the distance between the two ‘a’ marks on the bow tie ends equals your neck size. You can use the two strap template pieces marked ‘a’ and ‘cb’ provided, adding a few centimetres (dividing the additional length equally between the straps) if required. Pin the ‘a’ marks of the straps to the ‘a’ marks of the bow tie ends. Trace your pattern on the bias and cut out two bow tie pattern pieces.

Father's Day sewing pattern - How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes - step 2

Step 2

Iron interfacing on the wrong side of two bow tie ends. Pin the ‘cb’ ends of the straps in place [using a 6.4mm (¼”) seam allowance] and sew. Repeat with second bow tie piece.

Father's Day sewing pattern - How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes - step 3

Step 3

Now pin both bow tie patterns together, wrong sides facing, and sew in place leaving a gap in the strap to turn.

Father's Day sewing pattern - How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes - step 4

Step 4

Turn and press. Hand sew the small opening closed using a blind stitch and you’re done!

Make a version in Liberty print for yourself too and jump into the dance circle wearing your matching party gear.

How to sew a bow tie - Mollie Makes - Not just for Father's Day

Project by Shauna Alterio & Stephen Loidolt, foragehaberdashery.com for Mollie Makes.