Suit Up! This Is How To Make A Tie From Scratch!

Do you already know how to make a bow tie, but not a tie? This amazing accessory takes one’s outfit to new heights. It adds a personality and a finishing touch that gets people’s attention. It’s no surprise that so many people are now motivated to make their own unique ties, especially as the DIY movement grows in popularity. Ties can be made from almost any type of fabric and are simple to make for anyone.

Father and son tying their ties

When you make your own tie, you get to choose the pattern, fabric, and length for a fraction of the cost of buying one. Here is a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow whether you’re making a tie for yourself or as a gift to present your friend or father on Father’s Day.

Planning for your tie project

First things first, you have to know the plan before starting the whole process. Take a look!

1. Always start simple

You should initially start with a classic tie pattern as this is a basic and adaptable one. There are various width and length variations of outlines available. 

Simply print the one you want, making sure it comes with simple pattern pieces with a diamond cut at the bottom.

2. Get the right type of fabric for your tie

To make a superb tie, you don’t have to stick to one type of cloth, but heavier fabrics tend to last longer. 

You’ll need at least 1.2 m of cloth for the front and roughly 12 x 15 cm of fabric for the rear liner for one tie. Tie liners made of silk are popular. Choose patterned cotton, linen, or denim for a casual tie.

3. Buy interfacing for the tie’s interior

Interfacing, which is sewed or pressed onto the inside of the tie as a liner, is used to make ties. It enables fabrics to maintain their shape. You’ll need 1.4 metres of it in the same colour as the tie’s cloth. To permanently adhere fusible interfacing to the tie fabric, place the glazed side face down. 

Because you’ll be stitching the tie later, be sure you get a sewable one. When it is sewn-in, it should not have a gloss on it. There will be no visible stitching on the outside of the tie because it is sewed to the inside of the seam line.

Wooden Box of Kniting tools

4. Other materials you will need

You’ll also need the following items in addition to the above:

  • Fine thread in the same colour as the tie’s fabric
  • Scissors.
  • A needle (if stitching the tie by hand) or a sewing machine.
  • Pins that are straight
  • Iron and measuring tape

5. Keep an eye on your cloth to see if it’s shrinking

If you’re not using silk, you should preshrink the cloth by washing and drying it before ironing. If the tie is heated or washed, this will prevent the cloth from shrinking.

Preshrink the interfacing if it hasn’t been preshrunk by soaking it in hot water for 10 minutes. Then let it dry and iron it.

Tie patterns to choose from

There are many free sewing patterns to choose from. You can print the outline for a style you want once you’ve found the one you like. An alternative to printing a tie outline is to trace another tie yourself using a ruler.

Because the length of the tie exceeds the width of a standard sheet of printing paper, tie outlines will print across multiple pages. When tracing the papers onto the fabric, simply tape them together. Outside of the trace line, you’ll need around 7 to 20 cm extra room for the inseam.

Man choosing color of fabric

Step-by-step guide: How to make a tie from scratch

Are you ready for your project? Here are the steps that you need to follow:

1. Prepare the fabric

Prior to cutting, iron the back of the fabric on a low setting to remove any wrinkles, folds, or ripples that may cause the fabric to cut unevenly. Lay the cloth flat on your work table, and iron it in little circles.

2. Now lay out the tie pattern on the fabric

It’s crucial to cut the cloth for the tie on the bias (across the grain), as this will give the tie additional suppleness. Keep in mind that the fabric should be put out neatly with no creases.

Consider how the pattern will appear once you’ve cut the fabric. Rearrange your pattern’s layout to ensure that it will display properly.

Man tailor cutting fabric with a scissor

3. Follow the tie’s pattern

To keep the pattern outline in place, use a medium weight or a pin. Then, gently draw the outline onto the fabric with a piece of chalk. For this type of project, chalk is a safe and simple tracing tool, so don’t be afraid of using it.

4. Carefully cut the fabric

Cut the cloth about 10-20 cm around the outside of the chalk line with a sharp pair of fabric scissors. This will allow you to stitch the inseam afterwards. If you’re working with a more difficult fabric, a rotary cutter may be a better option. To avoid making a mistake and wasting cloth, always make sure to cut slowly.

Man tailor marking fabric with chalk

5. Trace the interfacing and repeat the process

Lay the tie outline on the interfacing and trace it with chalk. Then, carefully cut it out with scissors. Because it will have the same form as the cloth you cut earlier, there will be no need to add seam allowance, so cut right on the chalk line.

6. Cut the back lining fabric

To fit the bottom diamond of your tie, you’ll need to measure out your back liner. This will be used to conceal the exposed back of the tie after it has been folded over and sewn.

It’s also a good spot to tuck the tie’s back tail in. On top, it will be cut straight through, then the lower cuts of the tie pattern will be followed.

7. Check your fabric

Double-check that the fabric has been preshrunk, either by the manufacturer or by you, before applying your interfacing to it.

8. Iron

Now is the time to press the fusible interfacing to the cloth. The glossy or bumpy side will be ironed to the cloth. The best way to do this is to lay the cloth on the table with the front side facing up. Then, place the shiny side on top of the cloth.

Rather than ironing directly on it, place a tiny towel on top to keep the materials from sliding around or clinging to the iron. Plus, make sure that it is pressed evenly across the tie’s whole surface.

9. Sew the interfacing in place

You will have to sew it to the cloth if it doesn’t come with adhesive and was designed to be stitched on. This is a good alternative if you bought a heat-sensitive fabric.

You can use a needle and thread or a sewing machine to do so. Sew on the tie fabric all the way around the raw edges of the tie.

A woman using a sewing machine to create a tie

10. Now sew your tie

The tip of the tie will be sewn first. The rear tie pieces will then be folded over and sewed up in the middle. Ensure that the margins are properly aligned and that your stitches are straight. 

The cloth should be folded inward when sewing the tie so that the seam does not show on the outside. Because hand stitches are more flexible, it’s ideal to put a tie together by hand. Hand-stitched ties tend to last longer than machine-stitched ties.

11. Attach the bottom liner to the tie’s back

Only sew the back liner to the three outside edges of the tie, leaving the straight line across the tie open so you may tuck the back tail in later.

12. Carefully sew along the central seam of the underside of the tie with a slip stitch

Sew from the top side of the tie, working your way to the right side until you end up with folded edges. You should not be seeing the thread on the front of the tie, so be careful not to capture all of the layers as you sew.

13. To finish up, iron the tie

Press out the creases with the iron until it is completely flat. Make sure the iron is set to a suitable temperature for the tie’s material. Once the tie has been straightened out, it can be tied and worn as desired.

Tie on an ironing board

Care tips

Here are some extra tips that you need to keep in mind:

  • Remove your tie with caution. You can do so by reversing the tie-tying process instead of dragging the narrow end of the tie through the knot.
  • Instead of cramming your ties into a drawer, hang them properly to allow the wrinkles and folds from the tie knots to straighten out.
  • When eating, be careful not to let your tie become a bib. If you spill something on your tie, treat it immediately or take it to a professional, because once the stain sets in, it will be really difficult to remove later on.
  • If you wish to clean it yourself, dab it with a clean, white towel rather than rubbing it. Rubbing the area when wet may cause the surface yarns to break, resulting in colour loss.
  • Don’t iron the tie if you wish to eliminate wrinkles. Instead, hang your tie in the bathroom while having a hot shower, but don’t get it wet. A hand-held steamer can also be used.
  • Fold ties into fours and store them in a jacket pocket when travelling.
  • Avoid tie tacks as they can leave holes in the fabric of your tie.

Man tying his red tie
With that, you’ve made your own tie! Simply repeat the steps in this article to make a slim tie or even a kid’s tie, altering the width and length to make it shorter or simply a skinny tie. Just make a test piece out of scrap fabric beforehand so you can make any necessary adjustments to the template before you start cutting into your preferred fabric. Next project: How to sew a headband on your own! Happy crafting!

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