I love that knowing how to sew makes so many things so much easier. It was the day before we were heading to a wedding and I had the thought that Zander would look so great in a tie. Before my sewing days I might have run around looking for the perfect little man tie and probably would’ve given up because of the ridiculous prices of kids clothes. Instead, with the help of google, I was able to look up a pattern online, use some fabric I already had and whip out a perfectly adorable little tie.
I got the free printable pattern from M & A blog. If you want to make a really snazzy, miniature version of a real man’s tie, use their tutorial, it’s amazing. However, if you want to make a tie in less than ten minutes, (or don’t like tons of steps and interfacing…bleh) use their pattern and follow my shortcut cheater steps to a perfectly acceptable toddler tie.
1. Print out the pattern, cut and tape it together. I trimmed the pattern down a bit since I was making it for a 1 1/2 year old and it says ages 2 -5.
2. Find 2 coordinating prints (this will be reversible!) and cut out one tie shape of each pattern.
3. Pin the 2 pieces together, right sides together and sew all around the outer edge, leaving a few inch opening to turn it right side out. Trim seams to 1/4″.
4. Turn right side out. Tuck unfinished edges in and sew closed along edge. Now, the main part of your tie is done!
5. Cut a 2″ x 18″ piece of one of your fabrics. fold it with the right side inside. Sew along the whole edge, leaving room to turn right side out.
6. Turn right side out. Tuck unfinished edge in and sew closed along edge. Add velcro to each end. Press all of the pieces.
7. Now, the tricky part. Tying the tie to the neckband. Follow step 14 on M & A because she has great pictures of each step. It takes a few tries to get it just right.
Now, you have a super cute reversible toddler necktie!
UPDATE: The pattern is no longer available at the original link…here is the blog where you can download the pattern: Very Homemade.