These are some of our store bought bow ties.
The top one is a bow tie, and the bottom one is a bow tie.
We love the look of a hand tied bow tie, but unfortunately, I'm the only one in our family that can tie a decent looking one. None of my boys, Daddy included, can tie a bow tie.
So I gave myself the challenge of coming up with a reversible no-tie hand-tied-looking bow tie. We have a few Christmas parties coming up, and my boys said they wanted to look dapper.
I traced our original bow tie, added 1/4" seam allowance, and made some half templates. 3 different sizes so they can have matching ones.
If you want to make your own, you can download similar template from here.
Right sides together, sew, leaving a space to turn inside out, iron flat.
Cut and sew a piece of fabric for the middle strip, measure elastic to fit around neck, and sew the ends together.
Now you can either sew everything together to make the bow tie, or lazy me over here is simply going to tie it all together, that way we can undo the knot and reverse the design if the boys wanted.
Here's what it looks like.
Two bow ties in one!