no-sew bow tie toppers • A Subtle Revelry

no-sew bow tie toppers

Miniature bow ties, the perfect tiny toppers for any sort of sweet. I designed this DIY to share at Style Me Pretty yesterday. It turned out to be one of the easiest projects ever. Not even one ounce of sewing involved! Simply pull out the closest glue gun, a piece of fabric and you can have a pile of these little pretties in no time.

No-sew bow tie directions:

  • Cut your fabric of choice to size. For each bow tie cut one 6 inch by 3 inch piece plus another 1 inch by 1 inch piece. You don’t need to worry about the rough fabric edges, they will all be turned under.
  • Turn your fabric so the backside is facing you and fold up the bottom long end and fold down the top long end to meet in the middle.

  • Fold each short end into the half way point, joining them together in the middle and leaving you with the back of a basic bow tie.
  • Hot glue this portion down and together with one small dab in the middle backside of the fabric.

  • Using your fingers scrunch down the backside oft he bow tie creating small pleats. Use a few dabs of glue to secure these pleats and hold into place until the glue dries (about 30 seconds).
  • Take your small piece of fabric and fold it into thirds. Wrap it around the middle of your bow tie and secure on the backside with glue. This little piece should effectively hide all your previous glue dots and will complete the front of your tie nicely.
  • Using one more dot of glue, attach a toothpick or small dowel to the back side of your bow tie.

Stick into your dessert and enjoy.

Photography by Carly Taylor.
Special thanks to the Lisko Artisan Deli and Fish Market for the scrumptious macaroons.

PS. These would also look festive in a deep blue pinstripe for dad’s special breakfast.




  1. Love the idea. Sure they look great also on cupcakes.

  2. Lena

    31 May

    I absolutely adore these! Hope the move is going well!

  3. Tracy

    31 May

    I love bowties! This is adorable. I am definitely going to use!

  4. Gloria

    31 May

    adorable! i’m partial to any DIY projects that don’t involve sewing :-)

  5. Oh, hello super cute bowties. You are my new favourite thing.

  6. chelsea

    31 May

    Those are SO cute!

  7. Gaby

    31 May

    These are soooo cute!

  8. Gaby

    31 May

    OH! these are sooo cute!

  9. Victoria, these are absolutely adorable! I LOVE the simplicity and unique idea!!
    Thanks! :)

  10. i bookmarked this as soon as i saw it on SMP. it’s so great!!! & super easy to do… it’s a must-try!

  11. Stephie

    1 June

    So cute Victoria and macarons as well – my favourites! Thanks for sharing and happy Wednesday, Stephie x

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  13. How cute! I can see a whole bunch of these at a baby shower or first birthday party too :)

  14. Michaela

    3 June

    Love this idea!!! So adorable. Thanks for sharing (:

  15. just love these, so lovely :-)
    xo, ana

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