We clean up nicely. (When we do.) And for occasions that call for us to polish our muck boots, we often choose bow ties to match.

Designer Chris Wrobleski gives us step-by-step instructions on how to make your own beautiful bows. It’s easier than you think. Use these always-tied bows as bow ties, or use the same steps to make a hair ribbon or necklace.

Here’s what you’ll need
Fabric (a fat quarter is plenty)–you can use old shirts, old ties, etc
Bow Tie Clip
Sewing needle and pins
1 yard of Ribbon (if making hair bow)
Pen or pencil for tracing


Chris named his company Boutaugh after his grandfather, who first inspired his love of the dapper.

Visit his website to learn more about his custom designs.




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  • By: Jane

    One of my little preschool girls likes to wear her brother’s ties to school. I get the biggest kick out of her when she does! This just reminded me of this dear little one!!!

  • By: Jim Michalowski

    I was SO disappointed! I never thought you would show us how to make a “clip-on!” Let’s show us how to make a real “tie your own bow tie” not these cheap imposters!

  • By: Karen


    • By: Karen

      Hey, I do not look like my profile picture, nor a field mouse! LOL!!!

  • By: Nancy

    I think you started a new fashion trend for Super Bowl.

  • By: nantucketdaffodil

    I may try this for hubs for his b-day! He is a teacher, and his students LOVE to buy him bow ties! Perhaps I could fashion him one!

  • By: gangstapigsWendy

    The moss green velvet bow-tie reminds me of the maroon velvet bow-ties worn by my high-school choir in the early 80’s. Throwback!

  • By: darcell

    These bow ties are so beautiful. I think you wore one on Rachael Ray. If Farmer John will let you please put some bow ties on the goats when Rachael Ray comes to visit again. That would be so cute.

  • By: Suzanne Koba

    Like your idea of using this to make a bow for my granddaughters hair. Will glue it on a headband.

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