Monday, September 19, 2011

Little Boy Tie Tutorial

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Last week I learned how to make little boy ties and thought I'd share what I learned.  They are so easy and so cute!  Plus, it's one of the few crafts I can make for my little guy on the way.  I hope my step by step tutorial helps you out.  These are probably the size you'd want for a 1 1/2 - 2 year old.  If you want to make them for an older child, just make the pattern longer.  If you have any questions please ask!

Using the pattern found here, cut out your fabric.  You will need to cut two layers of fabric - one being the pattern you want to show for your tie and the other being a backing (this one will only show on the little corners in the back).

Put the right sides together and sew the corners together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
 Clip the fabric on the corners - making sure not to cut the actual seam.
 Flip the fabric right side out and iron the corners so they are nice and sharp.
 Fold the tie in half with right tie pattern sides together and sew down the edge.  Once again using the 1/4" seam allowance.  DON'T sew the corner ends, only the long edge.
 Press the seam open and then using a safety pin, flip the tie right side out again.  You do this by putting the safety pin on the corner and then feeding it down the hole on that same side.
Press your tie again so it's edges are nice and sharp.
 This is what the back of the tie looks like.
Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately 2 3/4" wide and 16" long.  Feel free to make this strip longer or shorter if you need to.  This is what will be going around the neck.  Put the right sides together and sew a straight line using a 1/4" seam allowance.
 Flip it right side out (again with the safety pin) and then press your fabric. with the seam being in the middle.
 Sew the ends shut - if you are wanting to do elastic for part of your neck piece, simply put it about 1/2" into the end and then sew your fabric shut.
 
 How to Tie the Tie

Place your tie like this around the neck piece.
Bring the back of the tie across the front.
 Pull the back piece up high so if looks like a normal tie not and then wrap it around to the back. (Look at the images - it will help a lot ha).
 Tuck the back of the tie through the front.
 Now move that little piece that is sticking out of the front to the back.  You just have to slide it around.  Tighten the knot by pulling on the neck piece. Using a needle and thread, stitch the little back piece to the second layer of the front piece, but only through that layer so it won't be seen from the front.  This will keep it from getting untied.
 And here is your tied tie.
 All you do after this step is add Velcro or snaps to the neck piece or whatever else you are wanting for your attachment. 

These are some ties I made for my little guy this weekend.  Aren't they so cute???

This are super easy to make and use very little fabric.  I would recommend getting about 1/4 of a yard - and you will definitely have some extra fabric with that.  You could maybe get by with 1/8 yard, but it would be close.

If you'd like to see my new tutorial on how to make clip-on bow ties go HERE




95 comments:

  1. Madelyn! Thanks for posting this tutorial! I'm due with my little boy in November and I can't wait to sew little boy things for him! I was a little bummed when I found out I couldn't sew little girl dresses and bows and such, but since I've been looking around, there are so many fun boy things! I can't wait. I've been trying to figure out how to sew a little tie and this looks so easy! What a fun blog you have! Thanks! -- Christy (Finlayson)

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  2. That's cute Madelyn! I'm glad you posted it, I'm excited to have a boy as well and it's nice finding things to make for him!

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  3. how cute! That seems easy enough that I could do it! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial

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  4. THese are so cute. I want to make 10 for my son!
    I am featuring this today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "feature" button.

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  5. These ties are so cute and I can't wait to make one! What kind of fabric did you use? Also, approximately what size are these? I have a 2 year old that I would love to make one for!

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  6. Stacy - I think these would be perfect for a 2 year old. From the top of the knot to the bottom it's about 9 1/2 inches long, but yours could be longer or shorter depending on where you tie the knot. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  7. Thanks Madelyn! Did you use cotton fabric for the ties or did you use a silk blend? I made one yesterday out of an old tie and some silky fabric scraps for the inside lining and it turned out great. I want to try one out of cotton, but wasn't sure if 2 pieces of cotton would tie nicely. Mine ended up being 8 1/2 inches long, so I might try to lengthen the pattern piece to fit my 2 1/2 year old better. Thanks again for the great tutorial and pattern piece!

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  8. Stacy - Sorry I forgot to answer that question before. I have used both cotton and silk blends. They both seem to work find. Obviously the silk blends look more like real ties, but there are a lot of great cotton fabrics that have fun patterns on them.

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  9. Lovely! Thanks for sharing :) I have 2 boys aged 2½ and 6½ and will definitely try this for them!

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  10. Quick question...was the fabric total that you listed for both the fabric on the front and back (as they are different)?? Or, are they 1/4 of a yd. for each. Thanks for the tutorial, they ties are too darn cute!!

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  11. Steph - I would probably get 1/4 of a yard of the pattern fabric. You could probably get away with just 1/8 yard of the backing fabric, but I'd still get 1/4 just in case so you can have the right width and then you can make a couple ties from it.

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  12. Perfect, thank you. I can't wait to start!

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  13. OMG! Thanks for posting this tutorial. This looks super easy. I am so psyched to make this for my little boys (ages 1.5 and 3.5 years old) to wear at our family's Thanksgiving feast. So, stinkin' cute!

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  14. BEST TUTORIAL FOR ANYTHING ON THE WEB!!! I love it I have 3 boys and had to buy ties I didnt really like for Christmas cuz the other tut's on the web arent awesome but now I can return those ties and make so very many of my own!!! Did you just tie a knot in the back when you put them on or will you be adding a snap or other closure?

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  15. Swinky Binky - Thanks so much! I'm glad I was able to help you out. I actually added velcro to the back of mine, but you can add elastic or snaps also. I just had velcro lying around so that's what I decided to use. Let me know how your ties turn out!

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  16. Great tutorial! I found you via pinterest. I was just wondering how much you would have to size everything down for an infant tie 0-6 months and 6-12 months for the pattern piece itself and the tie strip part. This would be a great Christmas gift and I'm going to pick up fabric today and just was hoping I would hear back quickly so I can get started so much fun sewing projects for Christmas this year. You can email me the response if you'd like :) Thank you great tutorial!
    Nicole
    thesalcidofamily@gmail.com

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  17. Hi I was wondering if you cut your fabric on the bias or if it mattered.
    Thanks

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  18. I'm so thrilled that i can make it for him as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. i was also wondering about the size for a newborn tie, SO CUTE!

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  20. I just made 2 of these and they are SO SO darling. Thanks so much for the great and easy tutorial!

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  21. Will be making ties for my grandsons now! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

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  22. I am having a little man birthday party for my almost 1 year old and will be making one of these for every boy that comes to the party!!! Thanks for the Tutorial :)

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  23. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!
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  24. Thanks for this! My SIL made me a couple of ties just like this and I love them. Now I can make a bunch more with the directions!! I am going to cut the pattern out of a cereal box so that it is sturdy and I can make a bunch of ties!

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  25. I will be making these for my boys for Easter - thank you so much for the instructions, they're great!

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  26. Way too cute, I am so proud of you, on how you came up with such creativity for boys, which is very hard to find these days, considering all the cute tutus, and hair bows made for girls. I pinned your tie bibs in a category I created "unique things I love" you rock!

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  27. I am so excited to make this for my 3 1/2 year old little boy. I have 4 girls so I have never made anything like a tie. This looks so easy. Thanks so much for your instructions, patterns, and pictures.

    Mae

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  28. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made up 3 of these last night, and they are adorable. Your tying instructions are much clearer to understand than most others I've seen. The only note I would like to make is when you are at the final step of tying the knot, and are supposed to "move that little piece that is sticking out of the front to the back." It doesn't say which side to slide it around to. When you are looking at the front of the tie, just before this last step, and the little end is in front of the big one, slide the little one around to the RIGHT. It will make all the difference. After sliding it around the right, turn your tie over to the back, and . . . this may be a little confusing without a picture, . . . try to put the triangle you just made (using the little end) under the other triangle you made first. It will secure the "little" piece nicely into place in the back and stay there. Excellent note that Madelyn pointed out is that you need to remember to pull on the two side straps after/while tying the knot to give it the "triangle" look in the front, rather than a "square."

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  29. I just made one, thank you for your tutorial!

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  30. I just made one for my son and he loves it. "I look pretty stylish", he says. We have also picked out some material for his younger brother.


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  31. This is a great tutorial im making these and was wondering how to figure out how big around to make the neck part if your making for a gift ?

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    1. If I were making it for a gift, I'd probably use velcro and have a longer strip. That way they can make it the length it needs to be.

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  32. These are awesome and easy. I'm going to add to this and make my husband a tie by sewing the ends together and then he can tie it like a regular tie. Thanks for the push.

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  33. Oh Thank You Thank You for this Tutorial :) I found you on Pinterest and am SO happy that I did :)
    I just made my 2 year old and my 3 year old Matching Easter ties and it was SO easy to do and understand.
    My Husband has over 50 character / fun ties that he wears to church so ties for my lil guys are a big deal :)

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  34. I loved making this tie! I had purchased another pattern, but was afraid to try it since making the knot looked like a nightmare. Thank you for wonderful instructions. This took no time at all and was fun. Frustration free.

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  35. Just made this for my grandson. So cute! Thanks for the time you took to put this up!

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  36. Thank you for this! I Just made my boys' Easter ties and they're adorable!! THANK YOU!!!!!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

    Stop by for a visit: www.classyclutter.blogspot.com :)

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  37. Love the pattern! Thanks for sharing it; my boys' Easter ties turned out wonderfully! I linked to you here: http://www.homesweethomebodies.net/2012/04/easter.html

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  38. These are adorable! My 5 yr old is ( for some strange reason) obsessed with ties! This is great!! Time to dust off my sewing machine!!

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    1. My 5 year old is obsessed with ties too! He wears a tie to school everyday! I'm glad I found this so I can make him some cute ones!

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  39. Very grate post! I make it today and was very easy to do! Thank you very much! It was very helfull!!

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  40. Can't wait to try it! My boys have been asking for ties and how can you say no, when your instructions are so clear and easy?! :) Thank you.

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  41. Thank you! I made two ties for my lil boy and he loves them!

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  42. I absolutely love this! thank you so much I am definately going to start following you and see what else I can find in your blog. It is so hard to do things for little boys, thanks again!

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  43. I hope this isn't too silly of a question but is the Part A of the pattern the front and the Part B the back or is it just two different sizes? They don't "line up" in size so I didn't know if my printer is off or am I looking at it wrong? Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am obviously new to sewing but loving each step of learning!

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    1. You should be able to overlap the papers a bit so they line up. At least that's how the two separate pieces are intended to work.

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    2. If I stack them aligning the top (dotted lines), paert a's tip is 1 1/4 inches longer than part B's. And wider by an inch on each side. Is that how it sould be?

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    3. Oh WAIT!!! (slapping forehead!) I get it now! I was overlaying the ntire piece of paper instead of just the dotted lines ahhhhh! I see now...thank you for your help! Ha, I feel so silly but excited now to move forward making these for my little guy!

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  44. Thank YOU so much for this. Just made some for the 4th of July with my mother-in-law.

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  45. YEAH!!! I can have matchy matchy boys again (now that my oldest has grown out of most of the matching clothes stores).

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  46. Thank you for this tutorial. I have some ties that I bought my son like this that have a snap closure. Well when I washed it. The tie came undone and I could not figure out how to tie it back. Your instructions were spot on. Now I'm going to actually make some. :)

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  47. Have you tried making bow ties before? I love this tutorial! Thank you so much!

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  48. AMAZING!!!! I just used your tutorial and it took me maybe an hour and a half... (but I had a helper.. My 6 year old that that she would "help")

    I reconstructed one of my bridesmaids dresses, from one of the many hanging in my closet, into a pageant dress for my daughter for the county fair queen pageant. I had to take out 2 complete panels from the back of the dress, so I had PLENTY left over to make a tie for the little boy walking her down the stage!!!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I am pinning this for sure, as my 8yr old son loves ties!

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  49. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! It worked perfect and is so cute on our little man. I'm sure I'll be making more over the years.

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  50. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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  51. I would love to share this on www.sewcanshe.com. We'll only use a couple photos and link to you for the tute. Please let me know if that's okay. caroline@sewcanshe.com

    Thanks!

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  52. Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I just needed to make a tie for my nephew. You can see some pictures of my version on my blog http://sewingpot.blogspot.fr/2012/08/cravate-enfant-childs-tie.html#. I added a link to your blog, because your explanations are so clear !!! See you !

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  53. Wow! This exactly like a tutorial I posted a few years ago, but I used velcro. I like your fabric choices.
    You can check out my version at
    www.veryhomemade.blogspot.com

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  54. Than you for the tutorial. Where did you find the awesome fabric you used?

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    1. I got all of my fabric at Hobby Lobby. LOVE that place!

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  55. Thanks for sharing :) Can't wait to make some for my little man!!!

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  56. How long do you make these? I don't understand how to use the pattern pieces?

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  57. Never mind...LOL! I am excited for these!!

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  58. I've seen other people ask this question but don't see an answer to it... if I am making it for my two month old how much smaller do I need to make the pattern? I also need to make one for a 6 and 7 year old, how much long would you suggest I make them? I really appreciate your help, thanks!!

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    1. For a two month old, I'd say take off about 2" in length, but that's just a guess. For a 6-7 year old.....I honestly have no idea haha. Sorry! If I were you I'd measure the length of their torso and then add on about 9-12" depending on how long you want the back part of the tie to go down.

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    2. I LOVE THIS TIE! I had my baby boy's baby blessing at church today and made this tie last night. It was so easy ( I am a seamstress) made it easily in the eve. I did it white with white polkadot pattern on it. I used the elastic style. My son is 3 months and 3 weeks and the size of pattern is a bit down past the waistband on his pants but it did not look awkward nor did it look to long (my baby is tall 97% 25" long at 2 and 1/2 months). THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS with us all. I don't know if I can post a photo but if I figure that out maybe I will post one on here. Thanks again. WAY CUTE TIES.

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  59. I also was wondering about the length for a tie for a two month old...Any tips?

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    1. If I were you I'd probably take off about 2" in the length of the tie, but I really don't know for sure. Sorry!

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  60. I used this to make a simple tie for my 8 year old (just a long tie, no extra velcroed pieces)... I used my wedding dress to make a baptism dress for my daughter, and thought a few scraps could be used to make a tie for my son. Hurray! Now he has a special white tie to wear to his baptism.

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  61. Je vous remercie! hier, j'ai réalisé une cravate pour fils (de 22 mois) pour une grande occasion, j’espère qu'il aura du succès! en tout cas, vos explications sont claires et vous avez d'excellentes idées! merci beaucoup pour votre partage et votre générosité!

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  62. I just finished making a "Hermione" tie for my 11 year-old daughter's Halloween costume! Thank you! Your generosity with your time and talents is reaching farther than you even know :) Great, simple tutorial!

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  63. Hi, I was wondering where you got the argyle fabric, for some reason I cant seem to find it anywhere.. that or diff colors

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  64. OK call me crazy....I am SUPER new to sewing so don't mind me but, when I printed the pattern Part A and Part B were 2 totally different sizes. Is that right? Also, if the right sides of the fabric are sewn together in the first step then turned inside out what is the white part showing? See crazy silly questions coming from a newbie! THANKS

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    1. Tape part a and b together, then cut your fabric.. cut one of fabric, and one of lining (inside of the tie). Only sew the top "V" and bottom "V with right sides together. Then turn those right side out. Then you fold the tie right sides together, iron center seam flat, then turn entire tie inside out. Hope that makes sense :)

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    2. Is the lining just white cotton blend fabric or is it a Different material?

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  65. LOVE this tutorial! Just finished my little guys Easter tie :) I'll be sharing on my blog (www.naptimecrafters.com) later this week

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  66. Thanks for the tutorial! Just finished my 5 year olds Easter tie. I just added some length and it turned out great!!

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  67. I just made three for my son's wedding for my grandson's. I love the pin turning idea, Never done that before and I have been sewing for over 50 years. Thanks.

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  68. Shut the FRONT DOOR! That looks so easy and that is the best step by step ever!!!

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  69. Thanks so much for this super tutorial. I used it to make a tie for my son to go with his Easter outfit. Also blogged about it here: http://www.1momagainstmoney.com/2013/04/05/new-easter-duds-for-5/

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  70. I just mde this serched high n low for a quick easy design this was it Thank you turned out great

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  71. Thank you so much for these directions. They helped me design and sew my own really big (wide) ties for some costumes I'm making.

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  72. Unbelievably cute, and sew simple! Just turned out great, the instructions were perfect! here is a pic of mine with my little man outfit. http://pinterest.com/pin/334603447285101355/

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  73. The steps to wearing the tie tutorial is very informative and simple one.Keep update more things in the blog.

    thinkties.com

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  74. do you have a printout for the pattern?

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  75. I just finished! So easy and perfect. Thank you! Following your directions, I ended up with a 9-in tie from knot to bottom and it matches our little flower girl dress. Yay!

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  76. Is there a pattern I can print or are there dimensions posted for the pattern? My sister's baby is 5 months and mine is 7 months old and I want to make ties for her for Christmas (and for my boy!) They are so cute!

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  77. I just made about 14 of these for my daughters Tutu & Tie Tea Birthday Party (for the boys) BUT I am tuck at how to do the elastic part of it??? or is it easier to do 2 buttons so they can have two size options? or Velcro?? Someone Help Please!! Her party is Sunday, so I want to get them finished!! The boys will range in ages from 1yr-8yrs old (1yr, 2yr, 4yr, 5/6yr, 7yr, 8yr)

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  78. Perfect! Now I can make matching Father/Son neckties!
    Thank you so much for this!
    And I know Jessica's question is old, but I was thinking about it.
    Snaps are probably easiest for when you don't know the size for each kid, but if you have them available, measure around where you want the tie to fit.
    Make a tube of fabric that is about half of your measurement
    sew the elastic inside one end.
    measure from the loose end of your tube until an inch past your goal measurement on the (un-stretched) elastic, mark, and cut.
    slip the loose end of the elastic inside the loose end of the fabric tube, making sure the elastic is flat and not twisted as you go, and adjust it until you reach your goal circumference, then stitch it in place.
    If it's good elastic, it should now be able to stretch easily to fit over your child's head, then bounce back to fit just where you wanted it to!

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  79. How long is the fabric of the original two pieces supposed to be, from tip to tip?

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  80. je vous remercie pour cette magnifique cravate! mon fils a toujours du succès lorsqu'il porte sa cravate pour les occasions! MERCI! et bonne continuation sur votre très jolie blog!

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  81. I just finished making my 4th one of these for my one year old. I'm new to sewing and this is sooooo easy for beginners. It's simple and doesn't take too much time to make. That's my kind of project. Your tutorial is awesome and very easy to understand as well. LOVE IT!

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