How to Make a Bow Tie Out of a Bandana

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Bow ties don't always have to be basic black. In fact, you can create a one-of-a-kind version to fit your style using a colorful bandana. Almost anyone with basic sewing skills can create one at home, using little more than a needle and thread. Buy a new bandana from the store, or re-use one you already have in your wardrobe, to create the custom-made fashion accessory.

Select a bow tie that you want to recreate. Trace it on a piece of sturdy paper, such as a file folder. Add 1/4 inch all around the outline to account for the seam. Cut out the shape. This is the pattern for your bow tie.

Lay the bandana on a flat surface, with its right side (decorated side) facing down.

Place the bow tie pattern on top of the bandana. The pattern is probably longer than the bandana, so cut the pattern in half vertically in its center and place both pieces side-by-side on the fabric. Trace the perimeter of the patterns with a piece of chalk. Move the patterns to a different area of the bandana and trace them again. Cut out along the traced patterns with a pair of sharp scissors.

Place the identical cut-out pieces of the bandana on top of each other. Ensure the right sides of the fabric are facing the center. Pin along the perimeter.

Sew a 1/4 seam around the perimeter of the bow tie pieces, either by hand or with a sewing machine. Leave the skinny end of the bow tie -- the part that sits on the back of your neck -- un-sewn and open on both pieces. Remove the pins.

Turn the bow tie pieces right-side out. Push the material through the open end with an unsharpened pencil or chopstick.

Place the two skinny ends of the bow tie together, so that one piece is slightly overlapping the other by about a 1/2 inch. Pin the pieces in place and sew along the pinned line. Remove the pins and turn over the fabric to reveal your completed bandana bow tie.