How to Make a TIE – Free DIY pattern & tutorial

A tie takes a man’s outfit to another level altogether. It gives personality to his style. It is that finishing touch which makes heads turn.The chance of making the man in your life something that will make him feel like a million dollars is something you should’t miss. Learn to make a tie pattern and sew it over an hour ( or two). 

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    Giving a tie as a gift to the man in your life is as significant as red roses; it rightly expresses your care and concern. It is one of those things that leave a lasting impact when you give it as a gift; just imagine what an impact it will be, if it is made by you. A gift the receiver will always carry with him. It will be one of the best gifts you have sewn him and maybe not the easiest of sewing projects, but definitely a simple enough one. He will surely cherish the handmade but beautiful looking tie you sewed up for him.

    The Tie pattern I have given here is for a fairly decent tie you can proudly make on your own and gift it to the best man in your life. 

    The tie is about 60 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.  

    You can complete this tie making project in less than an hour, if you have had some experience in sewing. But if you are meticulous it will show in the final tie so take your time when sewing the tie. Attaining perfection when making a tie is possible if you take your time.

    What do you need to make a tie ?

    Paper pattern -First you have to make the pattern on a piece of paper before keeping it on the fabric and cutting. The patterns are to be made for tie ( 2 pieces) lining ( 2 pieces) facing ( 2 piece) Interlining (2 pieces)
    Sharp Scissors
    Pins ( very sharp pins so as not to mark the delicate silk fabric)

    1 yard of silk or Fabric of your choice. But definitely sew the first one in a muslin or inexpensive cotton fabric.

    1 yard of lining fabric ( Optional) This will be basted to the main fabric and hence treated as the main fabric itself. 

    3/4 yards of fabric for interlining . Wool is preferable for a luxury look but you can use cotton or interfacing.

    Fabric choice for the Neck tie

    Silk is without doubt the preferred choice of fabric for the neck tie.A woven woolen and silk blend cloth would be ideal. Make sure that colour, pattern and texture of the fabric is coordinating with the suit, jacket or shirt the wearer is planning to wear it with.  Psychedelic prints, textured fabric, handmade cotton – the choice of fabric is endless.  Navy blue and other shades of blue like teal, Grey, brown and other neutral colours with manly prints like the anchor, herringbone, polka dots seems to be the preferred choice of men. The choice is yours. That is the beauty of sewing on your own. You can choose.

    Length of the tie

    Too long a tie or too short a tie, both will make you look extremely sloppy. The length of the tie should be that, the tip of the tie  should touch the middle of your belt buckle. Another way of looking at is to see that the widest part of the tie is touching the top of the belt. If you are a very tall person you may have to increase the length of the tie pattern, so that you can comfortably knot the tie as well as get it to lie till the belt.

    The width of the narrow part of the tie should be smaller than the height of the collar other wise it will be visible on the outside.

     

    You should be cutting the fabric on the bias to make the tie ( at approximately 45 degree angle). If you donot cut the fabric on the bias it will result in a tie that decides to play twirly when you wear it. It will just go round and round and not lie straight down. You donot want to fidgeting to keep the tie in place all the time. As I made this tie as two pieces from a small piece of fabric I cut the front pattern on bias and the rest of the tail on straight grain. This way I had fabric left for some other project.

     

    How to make the Tie Pattern  

    1. Pattern for the main fabric and lining pieces. 

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    2. Pattern for 2 Facing pieces for the tie ends

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    3 . Pattern for interlining if you using it.

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    How to sew a Tie

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    Step 1 Make the pattern in paper.

    The 2 Tie pattern and the lining pattern are the same . Lining is  a copy of the main pattern. . You also need interlining pattern and 2 facing patterns ( for both ends) 

    Place the pattern for the tie on the cloth as the diagram below . Draw around it and cut.sew tie

    Press the silk cloth gently with a silk setting or as per the fabric choice.
    Place the pattern on the fabric (wrong side)diagonally. You should definitely be cutting the first piece diagonally. The next piece  can be cut on the straight grain. Cut the lining and interlining also likewise. Cut facing pieces. 

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    Step 2

    Join the two pieces  of all patterns – of tie fabric and lining and interlining.{ If you have enough fabric you can make this tie in one single piece fabric as you know; if so skip this step) 

    Step 3

    Keep the lining piece and main fabric right sides together. Line up the edges. Baste in place

    Fold up the tip of the fabric, 1/2 inch. Press in place. Do this for both ends Do the same for the facing pieces.

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    Step 4

    Place the facing piece and the tie fabric right sides together. Place the edge of the facing 1/4 inch outside from the tie fabric . Stitch along the side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Do the same for the other side. Stitch till the fold line you had made earlier.

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    Now as the facing piece is slightly smaller, because you extended the edge ( so that it will roll to the inside nicely) the tip of the triangular shape will not be aligned and there will be a small fold at the tip. That is ok. Leave it. 

    Fold the two pieces by the center, so that the facing piece is inside. Sew a horizontal line 1/4 inch from the tip, as in the picture below, where you had earlier folded. This stitch line should touch the stitch line along the edges. 

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    Turn the tie inside out. You will have a triangular shape at the bottom.

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    The tip of the tie will look like this. 

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    Step 5
    Insert the interlining piece inside of the tie, exactly in the center. Push it deep inside the facing and fabric pocket. 
    Step 6
    Fold the side edges 1/4 inch to the inside. Press.

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    Step 7

    Fold the folded edges again in to the center so that the side edges meet at the middle (maybe a little overlapping of one edge). Press.

    Use pins to hold the folds in place. ( If it is silk or an expensive fabric ensure you have very very sharp pins)

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    Step 8
    Use hand stitches to close opening along the edges.
    Use a hidden ladder stitch or a saddle stitch.

    Ladder stitch slides through the fold of the cloth (1/2 inch each) catching the both edges together and the stitches are perfectly hidden
    At the bottom and top use a slip stitch loop to secure the tie fabric and interlining together.

     

    Keeper loop – You can add a fabric loop to the tie backside if you want to . Cut out a rectangle of size 6 inches by 1 ½ inches.Fold this piece along the middle right sides together meeting the two long edges. Sew. Turn inside out. Press.
    Insert this in the center at the Back before closing the seam with a hand stitch.

    Press the keeper loop to either sides of the center. Stitch in place.