There are several ways you can make the neck strap for your bow-tie. Today I am going to show you how to make an adjustable strap using bow tie hardware. The hardware is not really easy to find. I searched my fabric stores and came up empty... searched online and didn't find much, but I finally found what i was looking for HERE, and I thought it was pretty reasonably priced. Shipping was fast and I am pleased with the product... so there you go!
Anyway, if your fabric store is better than mine or you happen to get your hands on some bow tie hardware, this is my fav method. easy on and off and adjustable for a good fit. Each hardware set has three pieces, a hook and eye, and a slide. You'll see how it works...
The hardware I have allows a 3/4" width for you fabric band. So I cut a piece of fabric 15x2.5 inches
Fold it in half length wise, right side together and sew (.5 inch seam allowance)
(again... don't be like me. Measure, pin, all that stuff my mom taught me how to do that I
I like to iron my seam open before turning it right side out.
I didn't put my seam right on the edge... though I would recommend right on the edge, or in the middle. This will be on the back side of the band... it probably doesn't matter, do what you like!
At this point your bow is made... but you haven't tacked down the center of the bow tie... so you can just feed this piece through the back.
And then... you tack the bow to the band (a little off center closer to the hook side so you have plenty of adjusting room.) and...
Anywho... hope you will give this bow tie method a try, it makes for a very nice, professional look. Let me know how yours turns out! :)