Rad Fashion Friday: Make a Neck Tie!

Before I tried this project, I thought ties were difficult. I thought you needed a huge portion of fabric, I thought there was a lot of hand stitching, weird pattern placements...but it's a lot easier than expected!

I've included some tools and measurements for you to use. These are instructions for an adult's tie, 60 inches long. A typical adult tie is 58 inches long, but can be longer for a taller person. Children's ties are about 45 inches long, so you can take my pattern measurements and adjust them to fit whichever tie you choose to make.

Project Time:

30-45 mins

Items needed:

Scrap that's about 49in x 25in

Another scrap of different pattern that's 9in x 15in

Enough interfacing to cover the pattern pieces

Rulers and paper

Before we get started...Here's a protractor! You can print it and cut it out to make sure your angles are on point.

Step 1) I would say "Making the Pattern", but I already made it for you!

  • Here it is! You'll be folding the paper you're using in half and drawing this onto the fold. And see the little red mark on the left side there? Draw yourself a little line to remember where to cut later.

  • After you cut out the back and front pieces, open them up so they're flat. Draw a line from the corner to the mark you made, and cut off that excess.

  • To make sure they're going to match up, go ahead and double check your work by placing them together like this.

  • Now, you can use these pattern to make the little lining at the front and back of the tie.

  • In the end, you'll have all these patterns here:

  • Those extra diagonal lines are so you can place your pattern properly on the fabric. It it a 45 degree angle to the center line.

Step 2) Cutting the Fabric

  •  Place your pattern on the fabric so that the diagonal line you drew lines up parallel to the bias. If your fabric has no bias, just look at the weave, see which direction is "up and down", and place the pattern accordingly, like so:

I chose to use this smaller piece because my "liner" fabric is plain and easy to see the weave. My "face" fabric is covered in little flowers, and it's a little difficult to see which ways the threads go.

  • Here are your pieces all cut out:

  • To cut the interfacing, you're going to have to modify your paper pattern slightly. Draw what looks like a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

  • Cut off that line you drew. You'll want the interfacing to be slightly smaller than the fabric so that your seam won't be too bulky.
  • Go ahead and iron on the interfacing.

Step 3) Sewing it Together

  • We'll start with the ends, the front and back ends. Place down the liner pieces face to face with the large pieces.

  • Sew it together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, but don't sew the "top" part, like there in the picture.
  • Clip the end of the angle there, the less fabric around that point, the sharper and nicer it'll look.

  • Flip it inside out, and use a pointy (but not sharp!) object to push that corner out so it's nice and crisp. Iron it all flat.

I'm not trying to toot my own horn here but seriously, look at that point! So crisp! So sharp looking! Ahhhh!

  • Now, put your front and back together like this:

  • And sew together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  • Iron out the seam allowance so it's flat.
  • Fold the entire thing in half and pin together.

  • Sew it with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Start sewing as close to the lining as you can, and end as close to the other lining as you can.

Step 4) Finishing Up!

  • Turn your piece inside out:

  • Iron the whole thing flat with the seam running down the middle.

  • Hand stitch the open part shut. I started at the already sewn part, but as long as the end of the knot is hidden, you can start anywhere.

  • And you're all done! Not too hard, right?

Unfortunately, by the time I finished this, the only person wearing what slightly resembled a collared shirt went home for the weekend, but I like yellow, so why not try it out myself! I had to recall my high school mod-punk days to remember how to knot a tie properly, and it's not too shabby!


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