Thursday, September 2, 2010

DIY: How to make a toddler tie from a man's tie

I am not a great sewer but this project was very simple.  I did this in about 20min two days before the wedding.  Pretty quick and easy but the back ended up a little sloppy. Total Cost: $5.00
This creates a skinny tie from a regular tie. (I went to a consignment store to find one cheap.)

Begin by tying a half windsor knot (or whatever knot you like) on the wrong end of the tie.  And if, like me, you don't know how this is very helpful!

Slide the knot to the appropriate length for your toddler.  (The knot will be thick so you might have to adjust it slightly).  Sew the knot firmly into place.  Your toddler will probably pull on the tie!
Cut off the remaining end.
Fold it in half.  (If I'd had more time I would have liked to make a neat triangular point but I didn't... and it doesn't show).  Sew the fold.
Cut the neck portion in half and trim down.  Measure the neckline of the shirt.  You will want the majority of the neck to be elastic so it can fit over his head but you also want it to be small enough so it won't hang down funny.   I didn't keep track of my measurements here - I just tried it on and then trimmed etc...
Fold the neck pieces in half and insert the elastic into the fold.  Sew firmly shut.
Make sure the tie fits around the neck and especially around your little guy's head!
Here's Asa's outfit for the wedding all set to go.

And here's my handsome little man sporting the tie!  (All the guys wore skinny ties so he fit right in.)


  1. That's really cool, Kathryn! I'm going to try it. I love DIY's!

  2. Thanks! Let me know if you figure out any handy tricks!


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