It's not too late to make a bow tie or two (or more as in my case) for the boys and man in your life.
Instead of reinventing the wheel (so to speak), here's a link to a bow tie tutorial over at One Dog Woof. The only difference is I changed the size of the pattern so the bows aren't quite as big. For the bow tie I cut a 5" x 8" piece of fabric on the bias. For the center knot I cut a 2" x 3" piece of fabric. I chose to cut it on the bias. You could, or not. For the neck band, I cut a 2" x 16" piece. For the knot and neckband I fold the edges to the center and iron it flat, then I fold it in half and iron it. I sew along the edge of the neck band and zig zag the edges to prevent fraying.
The tie at the bottom of the picture is a bow-tie that you tie. My husband said he wanted one he could tie. The only thing is, even after watching multiple tutorials online, it was a bit tricky to tie a real bow tie. I also included a little handkerchief for the breast pocket of his suit or vest. You can find the pattern for his bow-tie here. Instructions can be found here.
In case you are wondering how to attach the boy bow ties pictured above, I use my favorite tie attaching mechanism-a simple safety pin. Works great, completely adjustable, and can still be reused when the tie is no longer usable. Win, win if you ask me. Sorry I didn't include the safety pins in the picture. I figure you know what one looks like. ;) If you have any questions please comment below. We would love to hear from you!