Tutorial: Men’s Tie

It’s been a while since I made anything for the Mr. and it just so happens that I’ve been looking at Pinterest ideas on men’s ties. So this is my first attempt at tie-making!

First, I got an old (really old…) tie out from the closet that hasn’t been worn since the 90s (a friend said, “more like the 60s”) and put my seam ripper to work.

tie from the past

1. tie from the past


2. start ripping the seams


3. carefully!

invert to see how it's sewn

4. invert to see how it’s sewn

invert to see how it's sewn

5. invert to see how it’s sewn

the tie tip that shows doesn't stretch the length of the tie

6. the tie tip that shows doesn’t stretch the length of the tie

all undone!

7. all undone!

Now to draft a pattern. I have some paper saved from a package that arrived in the mail some time back. They are big enough for this project! Carefully place the pieces on the paper and trace with chalk. Use a long ruler and pins to help.


8. tracing got me 7 pieces

cut out pieces

9. cut out pieces and then fabric

What are the pieces for?

1 & 2: Sewn together to form an inner lining

3 & 4: Lining for tie tips that can be seen on the reverse end of the tie

5, 6 & 7: Shell of the tie

Wanting to skip using 1 & 2 this time, i used iron-on interfacing to add strength to # 5, 6, & 7 pieces. I ironed the fabric to the interfacing before cutting.

Iron on interfacing

10. Iron on interfacing

#5, 6, and 7 have sloping edges – match those to create one long tie. Use pins to hold in place, then draw the line with chalk.

pin in place

11. pin in place

Sew along the 2 chalk lines.

sew 5, 6, and 7 together

12. sew 5, 6, and 7 together

Pin tie tip lining, #3 and #4 to the ends of the tie, right sides facing. Sew along blue chalked edges, leaving the other end open.

pie tie tip lining

13. pin tie tip lining right sides facing

On the raw side, fold the tie lengthwise so the shortest blue chalk line is halved. Sew along that new edge to create a sharp point when inverted. Scroll back up to the 5th pic for a visual reference. Do the same for both ends.


14. invert and see? Nice sharp point! Iron to ensure it’s flat.

Now fold the shell sides in a little to create a hem. Iron in place.

Fold and iron

15. Fold and iron. Remember to attach the tie tip lining first!

Fold over the shell sides again till they overlap and create the right tie width. Iron to hold the folds in place.

Fold over and iron

16. Fold over and iron

As you can see, the points are not entirely symmetrical. I must have stretched the original shell tie pieces when drafting the pattern. I’ll need to fix that for future tie making!

tie - front view

17. tie – front view

tie - back view

18. tie – back view

Anyway, you’ll need to hand sew the rest so that it is invisible. You’ll need a bar tack

invisible hand stitching

19. invisible hand stitching

Upon completion of the hand sewing, I tried tying a windsor know and it looked great! (apart from thhe asymmetry). However, I realized that there was no keeper loop, what holds the narrow half in place, so i set forth to make one. Cut a rectangular strip of fabric, with length the width of the tie, where you want to place the keeper loop. Hem the short edge so it doesn’t fray. Fold lengthwise and sew, then invert to create a tube. Fold the edges inwards and iron.

create a holder

20. create a holder

Place on top of the tie and hand sew in place.

hand sew the keeper loop

21. hand sew the keeper loop

Completed tie!

22. Completed tie!

That’s my very first attempt at tie making! I’ll need to rework the pattern and ensure it’s more symmetrical for future ties. It was a lot of fun. Took me about 2 hours to deconstruct the old tie and create the pattern. Another hour to figure out how to sew the cut pieces together. Should take less time for the next attempt.

Completed tie

23. Mr’s swanky new tie!


What he wore to work 🙂


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  1. Pingback: Another tie for the Mr. | Sharon Creations

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