Learn how to make a tie with this easy tutorial that includes a free tie pattern to print. Making ties is fun and a great project for beginners. Use the most colorful prints in your fabric stash and make lots. These ties make great presents too and can be made to match the personality of the wearer. Making a tie is simple and is sure to make the wearer smile.
How to Make a Tie Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to make a tie and includes a printable neck tie template. This sewing project is suitable for all sewing levels as it just uses a straight stitch.
Men's Tie Patterns Supplies
- PATTERN or OLD TIE - Use an old tie you like the shape of to make your own pattern or print the pattern included in this tutorial. Ties vary a lot in shape and length, so if you don't have one to copy, try your local discount store or second-hand store.
- PAPER - For pattern making.
- SEWING BASICS - Sewing machine, ruler, pins, thread.
- HAND SEWING NEEDLE - This will be used to sew the back of the tie.
- MAIN FABRIC - You can use any type of fabric, including cotton, silk, or even fine wool. I used quilting cotton, which was very easy to sew. Choose plain or patterned fabrics to suit the personality of the wearer. Most ties use 1.5 yards (1.4m) of fabric. Pre-wash your fabric so it doesn't shrink when you first wash your tie. Iron the fabric after washing to get rid of any wrinkles.
- LINING FABRIC - The lining shows underneath at the tips of the ties. Most ties have this in a containing color. Silk is a great option, and because you only need such a small amount, it will be fairly cheap.
- INTERFACING - Medium weight sew-in (not fusible) interfacing or interlining. Fusible interfacing may wrinkle the outside fabric, which is why sew-in is better.
Tie Sewing Pattern - Mens Necktie Pattern
You can make a tie sewing pattern in 3 ways
- Print the downloadable Treasurie pattern
- Draft a tie pattern using the Treasurie measurements
- Copy a favorite tie
FINISHED TIE LENGTH - is 58 inches. Adjust the pattern to longer or shorter as desired.
Free Printable Tie Pattern
If you don't want to make your own pattern, download the tie pattern and print it out. If you are new to printing, read my article on how to print PDF patterns. The important thing to remember is to print at 100% scale. The picture below shows you how to sticky tape your grid together.
Tie Pattern Using Measurements
If you can't download or print the above pattern, here are all the measurements so you can draw the pattern yourself. Take note that the pieces need to be cut on the bias (45 degree angle) so the tie fabric has some stretch and increased drape.
DIY Neck Tie Pattern From a Favorite
If you have a favorite tie you want more of, simply copy it! Unpick the hand stitches at the back of the tie so it lies flat. Then unpick the lining on the ends so you have all the pieces.
After you have finished with all the unpicking, press everything flat so it is easier to make a pattern. Your tie will be quite long and may have one or two seams along its length as well. These seams are usually cut at an angle.
Using a large piece of paper, trace around your tie to make a pattern. Baking paper or brown kitchen paper bought on a roll makes good pattern-making paper. Otherwise, just sticky tape a few printer paper pieces together to get the length.
Your pulled-apart tie will have a layer of interfacing inside. You can make a pattern from this or reuse the interlining.
It is important to make the grainline on your new pattern pieces. Ties are cut on the bias (45-degree angle). This is in order to make them drape better and softer.
How to Make a Tie - Step by Step Tutorial
Here are the instructions for how to sew a tie. It really doesn't take very long, and this is a perfect beginner's project.
Step 1 - Cut the Fabric
Now you have a pattern, it is time to start cutting. You will be cutting the pieces on the diagonal (bias) of the fabric in order to make the tie sit and drape well. It, of course, does use more fabric than just cutting the tie from the straight grain.
Cut your main fabric and the lining pieces.
For the interlining, it is usually cut the same size as the main fabric. You may find some interlinings are just cut in a narrow strip instead. If you are using an old tie, you can repurpose the interlining.
If you are cutting from silk or other delicate fabrics, be aware that using pins may leave holes or marks. Instead, use pattern weights or cans from your pantry to hold down the pattern. A sharp pair of scissors should be used or a rotary cutter.
Step 2 - Join the Main Tie Pieces
OPTIONAL - If you have interfacing, baste it to the back of the main pieces now.
Put the 2 main pieces of the tie together and stitch with a ½ inch (12mm) seam allowance.
Press open the seam. (If you made your own pattern, then take the seam allowance from the old tie. This may be more or less than the ½ inch I used in my pattern.)
Step 3 - Sew the End Lining Pieces
Next, put the lining pieces right sides together with the ends of the main tie and stitch in a v shape. Notice the top straight end is left open. Don't worry if your lining fabric frays a little as the top raw edge will be hidden later when the tie is sewn down the middle. Repeat for the other smaller end.
Step 4 - Turn and Press the Ends
Clip the ends. Turn the ends to the right side and press well making sure the ends are poked out.
Step 5 - Press the Tie Edges Over and Fold
Press one edge of the tie over by ½ inch (12mm).
Press the folded edge over the raw edge so they overlap in the center. Pin in place.
Step 6 - Hand Stitch the Fold
Hand stitch the folded edge along its length. A slip stitch is the easiest to use, and if you use a matching color thread, it will blend into the seam of the tie. Unfortunately, there is no good way to sew this seam with a sewing machine and have it lie completely flat.
How to Slip Stitch When Sewing a Tie
- Thread a needle with a double thread and knot the end.
- Start at the far right of the tie. You will work slip stitch from right to left.
- Bring the needle up from underneath the fold so the knot is hidden.
- Insert the needle in the top fold.
- Pick up a few threads.
- Push the needle back into the fold and move it along the fold about ¼ inch (6mm)
- Pull the thread and repeat.
Step 7 - Press the Tie
Press the tie again when you have finished hand stitching, and the stitches will lie even flatter.
How to Make a Tie - In Conclusion
Learning how to make a tie is easy, and you should be able to complete this project in under an hour. Wrap it up beautifully and make someone happy with your sewing skills. Personalize the tie even further with embroidery letters or applique.
How to Make a Tie
- Sewing Basics Sewing machine, thread, pins, iron, scissors
- Main Fabric Silk, cotton or wool
- Lining Fabric
- Optional - Sew in Interfacing For thin fabrics
- Download the printable pattern (link in article) or make your own pattern by unpicking an old favorite tie. Cut the pieces on the bias. You will have 2 tie pieces and 2 small lining pieces. For thin fabrics, baste the sew-in interfacing around the edges of the 2 main tie pieces.
- Put the 2 tie pieces with right sides together and sew the straight ends with a ½ inch (12mm) seam allowance. Press open the seam.
- Place the lining pieces on the ends of the tie with right sides together. Stitch the sides and bottom v shape leaving the top open. Clip the corners and turn the lining the right way out.
- On the wrong side, press the edges over by ½ inch (12mm)
- Overlap the folded edges by ¼" (6mm) in the center. Pin in place. Hand stitch the overlap using a slip stitch. The slip stitch should only go through the fabric on the overlap and not through to the right side of the tie.
- Press the tie one final time and it is ready to wear.