How To Make A Neck Tie

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

When The Ribbon Retreat got the neck tie clips in, I knew I had to make a tie for Easter.

I ordered a fat quarter of Yellow Dots from My Little Town for Exclusively Quilters.

To make this tie, I had to destroy one of my little guy’s ties.
I just picked one that I couldn’t remember which outfit matched it,
and started seam ripping it apart!

Once I had it all undone, I used it as a pattern and cut out my fabric.
You may want to use some interfacing to give it some stiffness, but I skipped that part since this tie was going under a vest.

Then I tried to put it back together how the other tie was.
I pressed certain areas, but ended up doing my own thing.

I am hoping we can get a pattern for the blog readers
or under The Ribbon Retreat’s pattern section.
We are working on it! πŸ™‚

Once I had the shape right, I sewed the sides together.

After the seam is sewn, you can turn the tie right side out
and press with the seam in the middle.
Be sure to watch your edges and the point on the tie. Make sure they look even.

Now you are ready for the neck tie clip part!

Lay your tie out horizontally in front of you. Seam up.
Put the thicker end on your right.
(Ignore the dots, they turned out to be unecessary.)

Follow the pictures to see how to use the neck tie clip.

Fold down and then to the left.

Now you add the clip.
This part you will tug and pull until you get the look you want.
Be sure to view the front of the tie as you are moving the fabric around.

Once you have the right side where you want it, you can cut a hole with your scissors or seam ripper and push the little knob through. You will probably put a hole in two parts of the tie so it will hold it’s shape.

You will continue to fold over the tie on the left side, the same way you folded the right side.

Remember you will have to do a lot of tugging and pulling,
and it is okay if you need to start over!
I started over about 5 times before I was satisfied with the way the tie looked.

Once you are okay with how it looks, make the holes for the other side and put the knob through.

Then you can put on the second part that comes with the neck tie clip.
This secures the fabric in place.

Now you’re all finished!

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This tie was easy to make and took me under an hour to finish,
including ripping apart the old one.

It was also fun to tell everyone I made it!
And this guy sure looked handsome. πŸ™‚

How To Make A Neck Tie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

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  1. Lanae
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Love! Love! Love it!! Fantastic job!!

  2. Valerie Balmforth
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Way to go Shirley~so impressed!

  3. Lora A
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I love it! Too cute!

  4. becky
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Too cute, can’t wait for the pattern to come out cause I would love to make my little guy one.

  5. Posted April 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I love that tie! I too would love to buy the pattern. I have 3 sons and a hubby that I would love to make matching ties for.

  6. Ashley
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    How would this clip work with a bow tie and not a long tie?

    • Shirley
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Ashley – this clip is made for a neck tie, but I am trying to figure out a way to do a bow tie. The center of the bow tie would have to be pretty wide but we’ll see what I can come up with. πŸ™‚

  7. Debby
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Love the little tie, but it would be so helpful if there were at least measurements to go along with the tutorial. Would love to have a pattern. Have 4 little grandsons, and I would love to make them a bunch of ties. Just wondering if there is any way that you could trace the tie that you used to make a pattern? Thanks.

    • Shirley
      Posted March 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Debby! Thank you for your suggestion. We do have making a tie pattern on our list. In the mean time, it might be good to find a tie at a thrift store, or even on sale, and take it apart to use as a pattern. Just make sure as you’re taking it apart you keep track of how to put it back together. πŸ™‚

  8. Phyllis
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad I found this place to get the men’s neck tie clips.
    This is what I did:
    I finally found an old tie, and took it apart.
    I used it as a pattern for punching the holes. [I use acrylic felt as interfacing it gives it more body.]
    The first tie I punched the holes.
    The 2nd I used a solder gun with a small sharp tip to burn the holes and set them so they do not ravel. I make the ties and vest out of brocade fabric.
    The 3rd tie I will leave the center where the holes are punched open so I can use stitch witchery on both sides of the felt interfacing to stabilize it better.
    I would like to buy the clips wholesale, is that possible?
    Thank you for the source.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Phyllis! All your ideas sound great! To find out if we can sell the clips wholesale, email Brynde at If you are willing to buy in bulk, we definitely want to work with you. Have a great day! – Shirley πŸ™‚

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