Homemade neckties make the perfect gift for the men in your life, which is why they are such a popular gift for Father’s Day and men’s birthdays. If you are making the tie for yourself, it is easy to customize it to perfectly match your needs. You can also make ties for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. With some basic sewing skills and a piece of your chosen fabric, you can create one-of-a-kind neckties perfect for any occasion.
Decide which style tie you would like to create. Seven-fold ties, six-fold ties and bowties are just a few examples. For a retro style, you can create a thin, 1980s-inspired tie, or a very wide 1970s-inspired tie.
Choose a ready-made tie that you do not mind destroying. Even if it is not your desired print, the shape of the tie is what matters when creating your pattern. If you are not completely satisfied with the shape of the tie, make note of any alterations you will make before continuing.
Pull apart the sewn edges of your tie with a seam ripper. Be careful to not damage the tie itself. This old tie will be the template for your new pattern.
Position the tie over a sheet of tracing paper. If you want to make any alterations, for example, if you want to make the tie longer or wider at the fold or point, make these notes on the paper.
Add an inch to all sides of the traced tie template to account for seam allowances.
Cut out your design and use as a pattern over your chosen tie material. When you go to sew your tie, fold the edge under 1/2 inch and press. Fold and press the fabric one more time, then sew.
Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.