How to Make Leather Bow Ties Tutorial

DIY leather bow ties

Leather Bow Ties

Looking for the EASIEST way to make a bow tie? This is it! Leather Bow Ties are not only on trend this year, but they are incredibly EASY to make! Seriously. All you need is a few supplies and tools and a couple minutes and you can whip out the cutest leather bow ties around!


 I LOVE my boys in bow ties! I think they look so stinkin’ cute wearing them to church.  {see a behind the scenes pic of this photo shoot here.}easy leather bow ties
I made these color block leather bow ties with Easter Sunday in mind. {yes, I’ve got an early start on my Spring/Easter crafting!} I love how colorful and fun they are. My crazy boys love their new ties!  little boy leather bow tie

How to Make Leather Bow Ties Tutorial


  • leather* {scraps are perfect! I buy my leather scraps on etsy.}
  • rotary cutter or craft knife
  • fold over elastic in coordinating color
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • clothespin {optional}

* could also use vinyl or faux leather.

how to make leather bow tie

  1. Using a rotary cutter and straight edge*, cut a 4″ x 1.75″ leather rectangle for the bow and a 0.75″ x 2″ leather rectangle for the center.
  2. Cut a 12″-13″ piece of the fold over elastic for the neck band. {my boys are little, so I did 12″}
  3. Find the center of the bow piece and then pinch the center to create a dimple as shown. Use a clothespin to hold in place.
  4. Then hot glue the fold over elastic to the back of the bow, overlapping the ends slightly. Hold the center of the bow in place and remove clothespin. Then wrap the center piece around the middle of the bow and hot glue in place as shown above.

*I could  have used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the leather for this craft, but I opted to use a rotary since it was quicker. But my Cameo is awesome for making leather bows!

The little guys in your life will love these ties!

Leather Bow tie tutorial bow tie tutorial I love using the Fold Over Elastic for bow ties because it comes in so many colors so you can get it to match the bow. And if your boys are anything like mine, the neck band peeks out from under their collars most of the time. So having coordinating fold over elastic looks so much more polished than plain white elastic peeking out from under a collar. AND using elastic for the neck band is a whole lot cheaper than using leather for the neck band!!!

little boy leather bow tie My crazy boys love their colorful leather ties! If you make some of these, I’d love to see them! They are a great boy craft and you could even enlist your little guys in helping you make them!

Do you know some boys that would love a leather tie? 

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Oh my goodness…..Your boys are PRECIOUS!!!! What cute ties!

  2. 2
    Peggy Parenteau

    Thank you!!!!! I have two grandsons who LOVE to wear ties. I had red leather and camo material. Love the elastic—thanks for the great idea!