June 18, 2015
If you’re on the hunt for a last minute Father’s Day gift, look no further! Get your sewing machine out and make this easy DIY skinny tie. What’s more special than a homemade gift?
-1 yard of main fabric (you can make multiple ties out of this 1 yard, but you need the yard for the length)
-1/2 yard of contrasting fabric for the back of the tip
-1 yard of heavy canvas interlining
First, download the pattern for cutting out the fabric. This is a large pattern, the original size is 40 by 40 inches. The easiest way to print this out on a regular printer is through Adobe Illustrator. Open the file in Illustrator, click file and print, then check the box that says tile printing. This will print out all the pieces of the pattern on separate pieces of paper. Once you have all the parts printed out, cut out the individual pattern pieces and tape them together. At this point if you’re thinking “Wow this tie is going to be huge!”, don’t worry the tie ends up being 2.5 inches after all the cutting and folding.
Place the pattern pieces on top of the corresponding fabric and cut them out.
Now onto the sewing! Take all three of main fabric envelope pieces. Line up main fabric envelope one and two as shown below.
Sew a line connecting the two pieces with a 3/4 inch inseam.
Next, take your keeper fabric cut-out and fold it in half, good sides together. Sew a line straight across with a 3/4 inch inseam.
Flip it inside out and iron it flat with the seam in the middle.
Fold it in half and sew it onto the edge of the fabric of your main envelope (good side up, about 12 inches up from the tip).
Now we are going to sew the tipping. Take your big tip lining piece and line it up with the edges of the bigger tip on your main fabric. Sew a line with a 3/4 inch inseam stopping 3/4 of an inch away from the tip of the tipping lining.
Line the other side of the tipping lining up with the edge of your main fabric and sew the same way as the other side. There’s going to be a little pucker at the tip.
Fold the tip in half and sew a line perpendicular to where you can feel the tipping lining ends.
Repeat this process on the other tip of the tie. Flip both tips inside out and use a chopstick to make the point sharp. Press the tips with an iron.
Place the canvas interlining in between the tip lining and the main fabric.
Fold one side of the main fabric over the interlining and iron flat all the way up the tie.
Do the same with the other side, but making sure to tuck in the raw edge, then iron it really good.
Hand sew a zigzag slip stitch all the way up the tie.
Tack the keeper down with a needle and thread on the short sides.
And we’re done! These ties turned out SO good! They look like high quality designer ties! These would be great to make for weddings as well! I also made one with the gray fabric as the lining and the floral as the main fabric, I might just start a tie factory in my kitchen.
Happy Father’s Day!