DIY Skinny Tie

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
-Sewing Machine
-Pattern Download


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.
DIY Skinny Tie
Now onto the sewing! Take all three of main fabric envelope pieces. Line up main fabric envelope one and two as shown below.
DIY Skinny Tie
Sew a line connecting the two pieces with a 3/4 inch inseam.
DIY Skinny Tie
DIY Skinny Tie
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.
DIY Skinny Tie
Flip it inside out and iron it flat with the seam in the middle.
DIY Skinny Tie
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).
DIY Skinny Tie
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.
DIY Skinny Tie
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.
DIY Skinny Tie
DIY Skinny Tie
Fold the tip in half and sew a line perpendicular to where you can feel the tipping lining ends.
DIY Skinny Tie
DIY Skinny Tie
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.
DIY Skinny Tie
DIY Skinny Tie
DIY Skinny Tie
Place the canvas interlining in between the tip lining and the main fabric.
DIY Skinny Tie
Fold one side of the main fabric over the interlining and iron flat all the way up the tie.
DIY Skinny Tie
Do the same with the other side, but making sure to tuck in the raw edge, then iron it really good.
DIY Skinny Tie
Hand sew a zigzag slip stitch all the way up the tie.
DIY Skinny Tie
Tack the keeper down with a needle and thread on the short sides.
DIY Skinny Tie
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.
DIY Skinny Tie
DIY Skinny Tie
Happy Father’s Day!

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  1. Bonnie H says:

    Excellent tutorial! I like the mix of fun fabric with a traditional solid fabric. I would love for you to link up to the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party Sunday nights at 7pm at

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I added my link to your party!

  2. Diana Hansen says:

    Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest and shared on Twitter, Facebook & G+. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    1. Thank you for the feature Diana!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The ties look great! I was wondering what type of fabric you used and what would you recommend? Thanks a lot for this really great DIY! It looks amazing 🙂

    1. I like to use cotton fabric and linen. A lot of types of fabrics work as long as they don’t stretch and they are not too heavy! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

  4. Nicole Marquez says:

    Would you be able to email me the pattern please? The link is not working.

    1. I just emailed it to you! Hope it works!

  5. Steph says:

    Can I get the pattern you used for this? I couldn’t get the link to work.

    Thanks! I’m excited to try it!

    1. Sorry this took so long! But it’s fixed now:) Let me know if still doesn’t work.

  6. Sarah Mahdy says:

    I loveeeee the work you’ve done with this tie, I’m making my brother-in- law one as well and I’m just a beginner. I am unable to print off the pattern, so I was wondering if there was a way I could get the measurements of all the pieces so I am able to make one as well? Thank you!

  7. Jo says:

    I’ve been looking for a skinny tie pattern. This fits the bill perfectly. But was unable to print it out. Could you please email a pattern to me? thank you so much.

    1. Hi Jo! Would it not show up when you clicked on it or were you just having troubles printing it? This pattern is 40 inches long so the easiest way to print it out that I have found is to open it in Adobe Illustrator and click print, then under “scaling” select tile full page. It will print out the pattern in pieces and you will have to tape it all together. You could also go to a print shop and they can help you print it out nicely. Let me know if this helped! If it is not showing up when you click on it, I would be happy to email you.

      1. Jo says:

        i did everything you suggested on printing the tie pattern.but still not showing up. Could you email the pattern to me. I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

        1. Hi Jo! I will email it to you now!

  8. Leonard says:

    The tie is super awesome. Regarding the pattern’s file in pdf do I have to open it in Adobe Illustrator to have the original sizes? Thanks

  9. Ricky says:

    Thank you. Very interesting