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Free Men’s Neck Tie Pattern And Tutorial

[Note: this post contains the instructions. The pattern pieces are available for download as a pdf file here.]

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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.

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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.

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You are finished! If you have any questions or need help with the instructions, please ask.


Jon’s Shirt #3 (Kwik Sew 3422)

I made Jon another shirt for work. For this one, I used some shirting fabric from fabric.com that I really like. It is lightweight, but not so lightweight that it’s see-through.

Last time, attaching the collar stand to the shirt was the hardest part for me. But I feel like I did a better job this time. I made sure I cut all of my notches (sometimes I am careless and take pattern pieces off before I cut the notches) and I pinned a ton and it seemed so much easier.

My new machine embroiders letters, so I put Jon’s initials on the pocket. It was fun.

I love making him clothes because he never buys new stuff. I think he just hates spending money on something silly like clothes. But this shirt cost $8, and he can’t argue with that!

Jon’s Shirt (Kwik Sew 3422)

I can’t believe it’s been four months since I made Jon a shirt for work. I bought fabric to make him another one shortly after I finished the first, but I kept putting it off because my memories of making that shirt involve some tedious sewing.

But I try to rotate through family members as I sew (something for me, something for Seth, something for Ezra…) and it was definitely Jon’s turn. So I finally used that fabric and made him another oxford shirt.

This time went much easier than last time. I still had some trouble getting the part where the collar stand attaches to the shirt to look professional, but luckily he always has to wear a tie to work so it’s covered up anyway.

The problem was that after easing the collar on, I came up a little short on one end and the collar stand couldn’t line up flush with the edge of the shirt. But next time I will take better care to pin more so that doesn’t happen.

I could have ripped it off and tried again, but I didn’t wanna.

I used Kwik Sew pattern 3422 to make this shirt (and his first one too). I think it is a good pattern, and I can even understand the instructions for it. But I bought a craftsy.com class called The Classic Tailored Shirt and so I made it along with my class.

The only thing I don’t like about this pattern is that it has 1/4″ seam allowances. I think that’s pretty ridiculous. Setting sleeves with only 1/4″ to work with is horrendous-at least for me it is. Last time, I used the size large (his measurements fall into the medium size range) and then used a 3/8″ seam allowance instead. That turned out too big, so this time I used the size medium, still with the 3/8″ seam allowance and it fit just right.

Also, I used a cotton polyester blend for this shirt. Last time I used some 100% cotton broadcloth, but I don’t like that fabric’s texture and it wrinkles terribly. The polyester gives the fabric in this shirt a much better texture and makes it much less wrinkly.

I’m happy with how the shirt turned out and I am excited to make him another one.

The Last Of Christmas And What’s Up Next

I haven’t been sewing for a little while because we went to visit family and then we were busy with Christmas. But before we left for our trip, I finished another pair of baby pants-this pair was for my sister-in-law. She’s having a girl which is a big deal in our family since girls are really scarce.

I used some lightweight corduroy and it was fun to pick out some girl fabric.

I also made another t-shirt for Jon for Christmas.

A couple of days ago, I spent two hours trying to make a shirt from this New Look pattern. I tried view B, and it was incredibly frustrating and I finished my attempt by stomping my feet and hurling the shirt across the room.

I couldn’t understand the instructions for the pleats or for how to finish the collar or for how to attach the sides. Hmmm…I guess I basically didn’t understand any of the instructions. Oh wait! I knew how to do the sleeves.

I was very bummed when I was done trying, because I will never understand how to read commercial patterns.

But I am so over New Look and I’m movin’ on. I have started my craftsy.com class on sewing designer jeans by Angela Wolf. I have loved it so far. I’ve learned a lot about pattern alterations already and that’s good because it’s something I struggle with.

I bought her jeans pattern and I have it all taped together and ready to go. I made a few alterations to the pattern and I’m ready to cut out my first test pair. I am planning on it taking awhile to get the fit down and actually sew the jeans, so that is what I’ll be up to for the next bit.

Camo Pants And Man T-Shirts

I made another pair of cargos-this time for Seth. I really love that pattern and I feel like I’m set with boy pants with that pattern alone. Next time around, I think I’m going to make them without the cargo pockets because just those pockets take me about two hours to finish.

I found some awesome camo twill from fabric.com for this pair. Seth loves camo, so he was pretty happy. As happy as he’ll ever be about clothes, I guess. He’s pretty chill about what he wears as long as the fabric isn’t scratching him or anything.

Those two hour pockets!

I also used Jon’s polo pattern to make him a basic t-shirt. His t-shirts are all so ratty and have holes in them and stuff. So it was definitely time to make him one, and he needs a bundle more to go with it.

Jon’s Shirt

I made Jon’s first oxford shirt. I’ve been meaning to for awhile, but I’ve been putting it off because it sounded so hard to make a men’s dress shirt.

It was finally time to try, though. All of his shirts for work are getting really ratty. And, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It was definitely a lot of technical sewing, but not too incredibly complicated.

I’m sad that it turned out a little bit too big. The arms are kinda floppy on him. But next time, I will get the sizing right.