Bow tie quilt pattern templates

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3D Bow Tie Quilt Block

From our Free Quilt Block Pattern Library

Skill Level: Beginner

Grid: 2x2, 4-patch

This 3D Bow Tie quilt block is seriously ADORKABLE!

Is it hard?

I'm a frayed knot! -- (Sorry...couldn't resist!)

Five equal-sized squares and a simple twist is all it takes. A perfect block for the beginning quilter who wants to add little whimsy to her blocks.

There's 'knotting' to it.

Let's get started!

The 3D Bow Tie quilt block tutorial begins here...

Step 1: Cutting for a 3D Bow Tie block

3D Bow Tie quilt block design3D Bow Tie design

No cutting chart needed for this block, just a simple formula.

Finished Block Size ÷ 2

Then add 1/2" for seam allowances

Bow Tie Fabric: Cut 3    Background: Cut 2

For our tutorial, I chose a 5" finished block. Using the formula...

5" ÷ 2 = 2-1/2"

2-1/2" + 1/2" = 3"

And these are the cut patches; 3 red for the Bow Tie and 2 red/white for the background.

The needed patches for our 3D Box Tie

Step 2: Assembling the 3D Bow Tie quilt block

For the knot, lightly fingerpress one Bow Tie square in half, wrong sides together. You may want to use pins to hold the edges even.

NOTE: If you press a hard crease here, it will run diagonally through the center of the finished knot...a pain to have to press out at the end.

Fold one bow tie fabric square in half, right sides together

Align the cut edges with those of a background square. Pin to hold them even.

Pin the folded knot square to a background square

With RST, add a bowtie square to the top. Pin to hold things together. The black arrow points to where the folded edge is.


Stitch the side that has the folded edge in the middle of it.

Fingerpress the SA toward the darker fabric.

This is what the three patches sewn together look like. A bit unruly, but we'll get there.

I re-pinned to hold the knot fabric together. The first two patches are folded back out of the way.

Fold back the first two patches from the folded knot square

Layer the remaining short side of the knot between the second pair of squares. Remember that each pair of like-colored squares is diagonal to each other in the finished block.

It's helpful to fold back the first pair of squares as shown in the picture below.

Arranging the patches to stitch

Layer the final patch, RST, and pin.

Adding the final patch

Stitch the side with the folded edge, again fingerpressing the SA towards the darker fabric.

Here is our block so far.

The patches before sewing the final seam

Pretty weird looking, right?!

Now comes the twist.

Pin the end of the two pairs of patches together, red to white. The pins act like an extra set of hands. The knot-square forms a little pouch in the center.

The knot square forms a little pouch

Distribute the pouch as evenly as possible on both sides of the seam allowances. Line up the all the cut edges as neatly as possible. Pin, nesting the SAs of the pairs of patches.

It'll be lumpy. That's OK.

Ready for the final seamIt won't want to lay flat.


Finally you can press the SAs of your 3D Bow Tie with your iron. I prefer to just steam my knot instead of pressing it. The pressing 'smushes' and creases it. But that choice is yours!

I also like to twirl my four-patch seam allowances to distribute the bulk like this.

The back of the 3D Bow Tie quilt block

This is your finished 3D Bow Tie quilt block. Easy Peasey!

The finished 3D Bow Tie quilt block

If you enjoyed this 3D block... may want to try our 3D, one seam Flying Geese quilt block. Click here to go there now.

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Bow Tie Quilt Block

Download this Project


  • Light purple print and dark purple print scraps

Finished block: 9" square

Cut the Fabrics

Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces.

From light purple print, cut:

From dark purple print, cut:

  • 2 of Bow Tie Pattern
  • 1-3-1/2" square

Assemble the Block

Assembling the Bow Tie block involves setting in seams. The key to sewing angled pieces together is aligning marked matching points carefully. Whether you're stitching by machine or hand, start and stop sewing precisely at the matching points and backstitch to secure seam ends. This prepares the angle for the next piece to be set in.

1.  Sew dark purple print bow tie pieces to opposite edges of the dark purple print square, being sure not to sew into the 1⁄4" seam allowances (Diagram 1). Press the seam allowances toward the dark purple print bow tie pieces.

2.   Referring to Diagram 2, set in the light purple print bow tie pieces to make a block (Block Assembly Diagram).

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Easy Bow Tie Quilt Block Pattern

Getting Started

Here's an easy Bow Tie quilt block pattern that eliminates the set-in seams of the traditional quilt block. One slight alteration makes these bow tie blocks a cinch to sew, and the design looks nearly identical to the original.

There are three size options in the cutting chart below, from a 12-inch square block down to a miniature that finishes at 3-inch square.

Cutting Chart

Choose two contrasting fabrics, one for the bow tie and another for the background.

If you prefer, cut two smaller squares from the same fabric as the darkest larger square and two more (not listed) from either a darker or lighter version of the same color.

12-inch Finished Blocks

  • Background: cut two 6 1/2 inch x 6 1/2 inch squares
  • Bow Tie Fabric: cut two 6 1/2 inch x 6 1/2 inch squares; cut two 3 inch x 3 inch squares.

6-inch Finished Blocks

  • Background: cut two 3 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch squares
  • Bow Tie Fabric: cut two 3 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch squares; cut two 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch squares.

3-inch Finished Blocks

  • Background: cut two 2 inch x 2 inch squares
  • Bow Tie Fabric: cut two 2 inch x 2 inch squares; cut two 1 inch x 1 inch squares.

Making a Block

Sew with an accurate quarter inch seam allowance unless you are sewing on a marked line.

  1. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each small bow tie square.
  2. Align a marked bow tie square, right sides together, with one corner of a background square.
  3. Sew a seam directly on the marked line. Trim away excess fabric from both layers 1/4 inch past the seam line.
  4. Press as is to set the seam and then press the seam allowance towards the large square.
  5. Repeat to sew the remaining small bow tie square to a corner of the remaining background square.
  6. Arrange the pieced units and two bow tie squares into two rows as shown above. Sew components of each row together and press seam allowances towards the large bow tie square.
  7. Sew the two rows together. Press.

Using Small Squares

Use the same method to sew one of the two remaining squares to one corner of the bow tie fabric. Press the seam allowances of each towards the triangle after trimming the excess.

Sew the patchwork together as before, but with like corner triangles pointing towards each other.

Layout Options

Bow tie quilt blocks can be arranged in many ways. The groups of four blocks above illustrate some of the choices, but you'll discover many more when you make a batch of bow tie blocks.

Quilting Blocks: 3D Bow Tie Quilt Block Tutorial

It has been another week of stash and scrap busting, and as often is the case, featuring a traditional quilt block which has been given a "makeover" by the use of fresh and modern fabrics. The Bow Tie Block is a traditional block dating back to the late 1800's and is a versatile design that can be made either with or without inset seams. I haven chosen the inset seam route for a clean look - without seams that would otherwise intersect through the middle of the small center square.

This block (with inset seams) is not difficult to piece and with the help of templates it is very do-able indeed. The piecing process is very much like the process set out in the Kansas Dugout Block Tutorial - the only difference being that you are working with four pentagon pieces rather than four honeycomb pieces of fabric. This in turn makes sewing the finished Scrappy Bow Tie Blocks together very easy.


Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt

The quilt top measures 48 inches x 60 inches.

15 rows of 12 Scrappy Bow Tie blocks for a total of 

180 blocks each measuring 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches (incl. seam allowances).

More than 220 different fabrics.

All fabrics are quilting cottons and included are many Japanese fabrics,
small scale designs, and text prints.

Solid fabric isRobert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White.

Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt ~ Templates available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt ~ Templates available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Accurate templates are the key to making this block come together and in case you are tempted to try out this design I have made the templates for the Scrappy Bow Tie Blockavailable as a download (pdf file) from:

Red Pepper Quilts Pattern Store

Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store

Included in the download are templates for two different Scrappy Bow Tie block sizes: a 4 inch finished block and a 6 inch finished block. I have used the 4 inch block templates for my quilt project. The sewing process is the same for all sizes, however if this is your first project with inset seams I suggest that a larger block size may be a better option.

Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt ~ Templates available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

In addition to the templates the download file includes fabric cutting instructions, helpful tips on how to cut fabric with templates, fabric marking instructions, as well as a black/white line drawing of the quilt (180 Scrappy Bow Tie  blocks) which will allow you to color in and experiment with colors and color placement.

Sewing instructions are not included with the templates however you will find a detailed tutorial for sewing in-set seams with step by step instructions, lots of photos, and helpful tips here: 

Kansas Dugout Block Tutorial (Sewing In-set Seams)

*commence at Step 9 for sewing the Scrappy Bow Tie Block*

This link is also included in the pattern.

Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt ~ Templates available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask by leaving a comment, and I will explain/clarify as required.

Thank you for stopping by,
Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt ~ Templates available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt ~ Templates available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The Scrappy Bow Tie Quilt - A Finished Quilt
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Red Pepper Quilts Pattern Store
Kansas Dugout Block - tutorial with inset seams.
Lila's Quilt 2007 - my first project with inset seams.
Gardenvale Kansas Dugout Quilt 2015 - my most recent project with inset seams.

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Templates quilt bow tie pattern

The bow tie quilt block will make the perfect quilt for a baby you love! It’s sweet and simple and goes with just about any fabric. This quilt is so easy to make, it’s a great pattern to whip up on short notice. Use your favorite fat quarter bundle or grab your scrap bucket and make it scrappy & happy!

UPDATE: This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The blog post below contains everything you will need and it is totally free to read, print, and sew! Just hit CTRL +P on your computer to print. The PDF download for $2 is totally optional.

In January I gave you this easy tutorial for an 8″ Bow Tie Quilt Block.  

And now I’m finally ready to share with you a pattern for the quilt that I made out of my bow tie blocks! This easy baby quilt finishes at 40” square. Without too much trouble, you can piece it in a day – I promise.

The bow ties are cut from 4 fat quarters – so run to your stash and find 4 coordinating ones!

Bow Tie Baby Quilt Pattern

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard each (or 4 fat quarters) of 4 different print fabrics 1 1/4 yards of solid cream colored fabric

  • 1/2 yard small print fabric for binding

  • 48’’ square of quilt batting

  • 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 yards of backing fabric, depending on width



From 3 of the print fabrics, cut:

  • 6 squares 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ (18 total)

  • 6 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ (18 total)

From the remaining print fabric, cut:

  • 8 squares 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’

  • 8 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’

From the solid fabric, cut:

  • 26 squares 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ • 12 squares 8 1/2’’ x 8 1/2’’

Sewing the Bow Tie blocks:

All seam allowances are 1/4’’.

1. Using the fabric marking pen, draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of each 2 1/2’’ square (26 total).

2. Pin a 2 1/2’’ square in the corner of each 4 1/2’’ solid square (26 total).


3. Stitch along the drawn line on each smaller square.

4. Trim away the corner 1/4’’ past the line of stitching.


5. Press the corner open.

Repeat steps 3-4 for all of the 2 1/2’’ print squares and 4 1/2’’ solid squares.


6. To make a bow tie block, arrange two 4 1/2’’ print squares with two matching solid squares with print corners as pictured.


7. Sew the squares into rows and then sew the rows together, pressing after sewing each seam.

Repeat to make 13 bow tie blocks.

Trim each block to 8 1/2’’ square, if necessary.


Sew the blocks together:

1. Arrange the bow tie blocks and solid 8 1/2’’ squares into 5 rows:

  • 3 rows with 3 bow tie blocks and 2 solid squares

  • 2 rows with 2 bow tie blocks and 3 solid squares

Pay close attention to the direction of the bow tie blocks within each row (the bow ties in rows 2 and
4 slant in the opposite direction as the bow ties in rows 1, 3, and 5).

The arrangement of the different prints can be random or logical.

2. Sew the 5 rows.

3. Sew the rows together.


1. Make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top. Baste together with fusible batting, pins or basting spray. Quilt as desired.

2. From the binding fabric cut 4-5 strips 2 1/2’’ tall (if your fabric is wide enough, only 4 strips will be needed).

3. Sew the binding strips together and bind the quilt using your favorite method.


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