Tutorial: DIY No-Sew Baby Bow Ties

I’ve got a few newborn and baby sessions coming up, and ever since I donned Carsten in this getup for Valentines Day, I can’t get enough of babies in bow ties. I thought it would be fun to make some for my upcoming shoots, not only to use as props but also to give clients as a little take-home gift. These were so easy to make that I decided to post a tutorial. I made these with boys in mind, but you could also attach them to headbands or hair clips for girls!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric (I picked up a few fabric quarters at my local fabric store)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun (with glue sticks of course, but you already knew that)

Step 1: Cut two pieces of fabric, the larger one should be 7×5″ and the smaller one should be 2.25×2.25″.

Steps 2-3: Take the larger piece and flip it over. Then fold it into thirds lengthwise.

Step 4: Take each end and fold them in so they meet in the middle.

Step 5: Flip the folded piece of fabric over and pinch it in half, as shown. Using your hot glue gun, put a drop of glue in the crease so that the fold stays put.

Step 6: Flip it over again and fold the top and bottom edges in the opposite direction of the fold in Step 5, as shown. Glue in place.

At this point, it should look something like above.

Step 7: Next, take the smaller piece of fabric and fold it into thirds, then wrap it around the bow and glue it together in the back. Cut off any excess fabric.

You’re done!


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  • Adam Marzolf - Love this picture!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - What is your suggestion for attaching the bow tie to a shirt? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate Anfinson - I just used a safety pin to hold them in place for pictures, but you could also sew them in place to make them more permanent.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn - What if you want to put it in your hair??ReplyCancel

    • Kate Anfinson - Hmmm… I would probably just hot glue it to a hair clip (or maybe loop a few threads through the back of the bow to secure it to a bobby pin).ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I can not sew, thank you so much for this! I love your quilt, hoping it was an etsy find?ReplyCancel

    • Kate Anfinson - So glad you liked it! I can’t sew either ;)

      The quilt was actually passed down to us from my husband’s family… but I’m sure if you hunted on Etsy long enough you’d find something similar!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Thank you so much for sharing this!! This is such a cute idea and I am going to use them on a newborn shoot this weekend. I was about to rush order a few bow ties from etsy just so I could have them for Saturday but I found your tutorial and $3 later I have two bow ties ready to go! Thanks again :)ReplyCancel

  • Antoinette - I am thinking about making a bunch of these for a themed birthday party. Do you have any ideas of a more kid friendly way of attaching them than a safety pin? I don’t want them getting poked in the bounce house, etc. :) Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial by the way.ReplyCancel

    • Kate Anfinson - Yeah, a safety pin probably isn’t the way to go if you’re going to be leaving them on for a longer period of time. Have you ever seen those sticky velcro squares? You could stick one side to the bow tie and the other to the child’s shirt. You could also sew or hot glue an alligator clip to the back of the bow ties to clip onto the child’s shirt. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - To attach the bowtie to the shirt may I suggest adding snap clips to the bowtie. You just have to hand sew the snaps to the bowtie and then put on the shirt when ready to snap in place. Like the link below. Though Ive seen it where you do not have to sew the snap on the shirt and just snap it post through the back of the shirt.

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  • Antoinette - Hi. Thanks for the tips. I thought I would share a little update on the bows for the birthday party. I am making these tonight and they are so easy, that making 50 of these will be a breeze. As far as pinning these to the kids, I am just sliding a sturdy paper clip around the middle section in the back and it works perfectly! I am so excited about these, the kids will look adorable running around in their bow ties and mustaches. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Dana - I used velcro on the onesie, works perfectly! I bought the circles and used liquid stitch to attach to the back of the bow tie and the onesie, making sure the softer velcro is on the onesie :)ReplyCancel

  • Tete - Amazing. I sew often and was looking for an easier way. I thought you can only use fabric glue. This will save me lots of money…a pack of 20 glue sticks as well as 1 glue gun can be found at my local dollar store. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Kai - What side becomes the front? Ivan not tell. It seems like the side that’s not folded over should be but it appears that it is.ReplyCancel

  • Kai - Ok when I make one it looks like the front can pull out. Do I make sense?ReplyCancel

  • sthephany - how you attach the bow tie to the onsie?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Do you need a thick fabricReplyCancel

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  • Jen Leisenheimer - Love these…and so easy! Didn’t make mine for a baby though. ;) My youngest daughter (now 13) has a stuffed bear that she’s had since she was a baby. She still sleeps with him every night and he has definitely seen better days. His neck was so worn out, it got to the point I had to sew a flannel collar round his neck, but before I did, I attached the receiving end of a snap where the collar would sit at the front neck with the intent of making bowties. Tried these today and they are adorable!! Her bear looks so handsome! ;) What we don’t do for our kids, huh? Thanks for the great tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Hi!
    I was wondering how you would attach a strap to go around the neck.


  • Heather - Clip on earrings from the jewelery section at your craft store are great for clipping on onesies. As far as for girls. .. hot glue them on a headbands. ..ReplyCancel

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  • Krista - This was so easy and adorable. I used elastic as the band to go over baby’s head. Thanks for the fun boy accessory!ReplyCancel

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