[Note: this post contains the instructions. The pattern pieces are available for download as a pdf file here.]
I love making Easter ties for my boys (including Jon). Last year, I picked out what I thought was some awesome striped fabric for their ties. The fabric had some purple stripes in it and I made me a top out of the same color of purple so that we matched.
Jon wasn’t a fan of the purple and so after Easter was over he never wore it again. So this year, I told Jon to pick out the tie fabric because I didn’t want to make another useless tie. I think he picked out some awesome fabric, even if it’s not all that Eastery.
I’m sharing my tie pattern and instructions, in case anyone else would like to make an Easter tie for a special guy (or Father’s Day will be here soon too).
Men’s Neck Tie Tutorial
Tie pattern pieces. Click here to download.
1 yard of main fabric. I suggest medium weight fabrics that have some polyester in them so they’ll resist wrinkling. The fabric for the above tie came from the home decor section at fabric.com so you can look around and be creative in fabric choice.
1 yard of lining fabric. Again, I suggest non-wrinkling fabric, but I prefer lightweight fabric for the lining. I used a polyester blend broadcloth.
A small piece of double fold bias tape, twill tape, or ribbon for the tie keeper.
All seam allowances are 3/8″.
1. Print pattern (make sure fit to page is not clicked) and tape together, matching up the overlap lines (crosses).
2. Cut one front tie and one back tie from main fabric, and one of each from lining fabric. Make sure grain arrow is parallel with the selvage (you will be cutting the tie out on the bias).
Mark your notches.
3. With right sides together (rst) and matching notches, sew front tie to back tie for both the main fabric and lining fabric.
Pinned and ready to sew.
Neaten seam allowances. Press seams open. Press from the front of tie too so it looks nice and crisp.
Now your tie pieces should look like this:
A long, continuous tie in main and lining fabric.
4. With rst, sew lining and main fabric together at only the two ends of the tie (the v-shaped area at both ends).
The two ends of the tie, pinned and ready to sew.
Trim the seam allowances to about 1/8″ at the points. Don’t trim too close to the stitching though, so that your tie doesn’t fall apart over time. Flip tie so the right sides are out. Gently poke the points until they are nice and crisp. Press.
6. Fold tie in half lengthwise, with the lining side facing out.
Sew down the entire length of the tie. I like to backstitch a couple of times at the beginning and end to make sure it’s secure and won’t pull apart when flipping the tie.
Sew all the way down the length of the tie, where it is pinned in this picture.
Center the seam so it’s in the middle of the tie and press seam open.
7. Pin a safety pin to the short end of the tie. Pull the short end through to the other side so that the right side of the tie is facing out.
Safety pinned and ready to pull through.
Making sure seam is in the center of the tie, press tie. This part is very important to making the tie look professional. I iron from the front, then the back, then the front again.
8. Make a tie keeper for the back of the tie by cutting a 3″ long strip from double fold bias tape, twill tape, or ribbon.
Press the short ends of the strip under.
Hand stitch the strip to the back of the tie, about 8 1/2″ up from the front tie bottom. Be careful not to stitch all the way through to the front of the tie.
You are finished! If you have any questions or need help with the instructions, please ask.