How to Tie a Scarf Into a Bowtie

Evelyn Wood
by Evelyn Wood

We all know that scarves are very versatile, and there are so many things that you can do with them. In this short and sweet tutorial, I’m going to show you something else that you can do with a scarf that you might not have seen before. Keep reading to learn how you can easily tie a bow tie from a scarf.

How to tie a scarf


You need to be wearing a collared shirt, one that does up all the way to the neck. The scarf you want to use is a nylon hair scarf (you can often find these quite easily in thrift stores).

How to tie a vintage scarf

Top triangle fold

To start, fold the scarf over so that you have a little triangle in the middle.

How to tie a vintage scarf

Second triangle fold

Then do the same thing to the bottom of the scarf; fold it and bring your point up to the middle.

Tie a vintage scarf

Fold the bottom section

Continue by bringing the whole bottom section up to the middle.

Vintage scarf style

Fold the top section

Do the same to the whole top section - fold it down to the middle.

Style a vintage scarf

Last fold

Proceed to fold your material in half so that you have a thin, sausage-shaped scarf.

Place around neck

Now lift your collar up and place the scarf around your neck. At this point, you will need to make sure that your ends are even so that you’ll be able to create an even bowtie. Once done, fold your collar back down.


Make a knot and then tie a bow as you normally would. The most important part at this point is that before you pull it tight, you adjust everything, so make sure that the tails are pointing down and the little bow tie parts are fanning out as you’d like so that it ends up really nice and neat.

And there we have it, so easy and simple, and this shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to do. The finished effect is very glamorous and is sure to fetch you a lot of compliments. The bowtie scarf gives off a 1930s kind of vibe, and you can have fun matching it with the rest of your outfit. You can also add a little broach in the middle if you like as something pretty just to finish it off. 

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