20 Minute Crafter {How to Make a Little Boy Tie} + {Simple, Easy & Quick Tie Free Pattern}!

Do you have little boys who love ties the way mine do?  My boys LOVE to wear ties and to them, they aren't just for button down shirts.  No, sir.  They go great with t-shirts and superhero costumes, too.  Mondays are great tie days as are Sundays.  Every day is a good day to spiff up your outfit with a tie, according to them.  And you know what?  I kind of love it. 

Do you know what else?  They are SUPER easy to make.  I even made a super duper easy pattern for you.  Once you make one, you will be able to crank them out in a matter of 15 minutes a piece.  I promise.

You want to make some for your boys {or girls too I guess}? 
Here is what you need:
about a fat quarters worth of cotton fabric
some lightweight iron on interfacing
some 1/2in  elastic (amount depends on neck size--measure your boy for comfort and ease of on/off)
velcro (optional)
my free easy pattern that you can download for free HERE.  Be sure to get both parts!

Step one is to iron your fabric (after you have guesstimated how much you will need to suit the pattern), then iron the interfacing to the back following the direction on the package.
Step two is to cut out your pattern pieces. 
Step three:  Grab this piece and fold the lower corner up to to the upper right corner...
...like so.  Crease with your nail or iron it there.
Stitch along the edge shown using about 1/4in seam.
Step four: trim threads and nip the corner for ease of folding then turn that triangle right side out.
Step five:  Fold tie in half length wise (but try not to crease it) and sew along the shown edge using a 1/4in seam. 
Step six:  Turn right side out and iron flat.  I placed my ruler inside the tie to iron without getting a line down the middle from the crease behind it. 
Step seven:  Grab this piece...fold in half length wise and...
...sew along the edge shown.  Turn right side out. 
Step eight: Use the pattern template to cut your tube at the right angle.
Step nine: With the seam facing you fold the left side up like so...then fold the right side up in the same way to match up.  Flip over so that a triangle faces up to you...
Step ten: Match up the folded edges with the raw top edge of the body of the tie and sew as in the photo above.  Using a 1/4in seam allowance.
This is what you will have at this point.  Trim the loose threads. 
Step 11: Thread the tie body through the triangle and pull most of the way through.
Grab your elastic...and thread through the tie knot...
And sew together the ends like so OR you can attach Velcro to the ends if you prefer that.
Either way you end up with a super cute tie!  And with a project this easy you can make one for every day of the week...or every holiday...or every "just because" day!

I'll try to answer questions in the comments!

Have fun!

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