Looking for a gift for a hard-to-shop-for guy in your life? While the gift of a tie seems rather clichéd, a hand-sewn tie transforms this conventional present into an inspired handmade gift.
Ties are relatively easy to make and can be done in no time at all. You are likely to spend more time searching for fabric and drafting the pattern than it takes to sew the tie together!
Here’s how to sew a men’s neck tie in just 10 easy steps!
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Making the pattern
There are plenty of tie sewing patterns available, but you can also draft a pattern yourself using an old tie your man no longer wears. You know what I mean: The one with those mustard stains on it that won’t come out. Or, perhaps that tie with a pattern too loud (or embarrassing) to wear? Who doesn’t have a gazillion of those? Well, that’s what I did. I simply disassembled one, drafted a workable pattern from it and was on my way.
Budget-friendly tip: If you don’t’ have an old tie handy, head over to a local thrift store, where you can usually locate a pile of used ties that’ll probably cost you less than $1!
A standard tie is typically 57" long and approximately 3 ½" wide at its widest point. The tie is comprised of a base fabric, a bit of lining material at the tips and an interlining. The sky is the limit on what fabric to use for the base: Just don’t pick anything too sheer.
The lining material is what shows underneath the tips of the ties at the front and back. Referred to as the tipping, you can select something that will contrast with the base fabric, choose regular lining material or perhaps even use the same fabric as the base. As for the interlining material, select a sew-in product, preferably wool. Something of medium weight and that has a bit of spring or loft to it. Or, do what I did, and simply use the interlining from the disassembled tied.
You will need:
- Cardboard or craft paper for drafting the pattern
- Straight edge ruler
- Marking pen/pencil
- Rotary cutter or very sharp long shears
- Silk pins
- Needle for hand sewing
- ¾ yards of fabric for the tie base, 45" or 60" wide
- ¼ yard of lining material
- 1 ¼ yard of medium weight sew-in interfacing
- Matching thread
1. Draft the pattern by tracing the outline of the old tie pieces onto any kind of paper. I prefer the weight of craft paper. Ties are cut on the bias so pay attention to the grainline.
2. Lay out the pattern pieces, pin in place and cut out with either shears or a rotary cutter.
3. Join the three sections, using ¼” seam allowances, to form the base of the tie.
4. Cut out the lining sections to form the tips.
5. Attach the lining to each tip end by first folding the tie ends in half and then stitching the tip closed roughly ¼" from the tip end.
6. Stitch the lining sides to the tie ends using ¼" seam allowances and stitch to — but not over — the tip stitching.
7. Carefully turn the tie point right side out and press in place. The lining edges should set back slightly from the tie point as shown above.
8. Now, lay the interlining (I used the one from the old tie — so much easier) along the center of the entire length of the tie. The end points should fit snugly into the tips at both ends.
9. Press the bottom edge up by about ⅜" and press in place. Now fold the top edge down towards the center and pin in place. Fold up the bottom edge towards the center and pin that in place.
10. Hand stitch the folded edge to the center of the tie. Begin by sewing a bar tack and then stitch the length of the tie with a slip stitch. Stitch only through the interlining and not through to the base fabric. Finish with a bar tack at the opposite end.
Now, very lightly press to set stitches being careful not to flatten the edges.
There you have it! Your very own men’s necktie!
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