DIY: Pleated Bow Tie

bow tie DIY wedding

Did you love the groom’s bow tie in the wedding we shared this morning? I just love bow ties (for the guys, the ring bearer – even your dog if he is making an apperance!) so I thought this easy DIY would be perfect for you crafty brides. Now you can find the perfect fabric to match your colors + style also! Big thanks to Kristin (who owns the handmade wedding accessories boutique Petal and Thorn) for creating this DIY and to Trista Lerit Photography for the photos.

This might just be the cutest and most versatile bow ever! It’s origami inspired shape is neat and tailored, but playful at the same time. Best of all, it requires just a couple scraps of fabric and a few stitches. The fold itself takes a bit of practice to master, but once you do, you’ll want to put these bows on everyone and everything! It’s the best way to use up your fabric stash.

bow tie DIY wedding

Materials needed: 
• fabric (if it’s super thin, double it up)
• needle and thread
• fabric glue
• small piece of ribbon or trim



1. Gather your materials.
2. Cut fabric into two squares, anywhere from 4-7 inches, depending on how large you want your bow.
3. Start with your first square, fold into a triangle
4. Turn over and repeat the fold, resulting in a smaller triangle


5. Take left corner, fold in a tiny bit to hide the point
6. then fold it to center line.
7. Pinch into the middle and stitch securely, catching all the layers.
8. Repeat on the right side, creating a cute leaf shape. Create another leaf by repeated steps 2-8 with the other square.


9. Put leaves face to face (pleated side together), and sew the top together with a few whip stitches. This will be covered with ribbon so don’t worry about making pretty stitches.
10. Open up, and marvel at your cute bow shape!
11. Cover mechanics by gluing a strip of ribbon.
12. Then secure the bow to a ribbon which can be tied around the neck, or attach it to a brooch backing so it can be pinned on. Happy crafting!


And voila – a fun + festive bow tie! And lots of ways you can take these bow ties and create something else…

DIY bow tie silver gold

DIY bow tie hair

DIY bow present

Bow Tie DIY from Kristin of Petal and Thorn + photos by Trista Lerit for Green Wedding Shoes


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  1. I never knew it could be so easy to make a cute little bow! I’m going to have to bookmark this on Pinterest to remember to try it out later.

  2. i love it! of course I had to share it on my FB page LOL to good to not post.

  3. Thanks so much for featuring this! I’m honored :) Just thought I’d add a helpful note for anyone attempting this: the instructions are actually for making a hair bow, so to make it a bow tie, just tweak the last step a bit. Secure the bow to a ribbon which can be tied around the neck, or attach it to a brooch backing so it can be pinned on. Happy crafting!

  4. Very cute! It’s that simple? Yeah! Gonna do it as well and share this.

  5. Love. Love. Love! Can’t wait to try this out!!!

  6. I am loving the option with the lace. <3 Thanks for putting this up. Great idea.

  7. Love that this project has endless possibilities and could be used on anything. Could even be used as a bow on presents… CLEVER CLEVER CLEVER!


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