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How to Make a Tie with Sarah

Posted on May 31, 2017 by The Makery

Follow this step by step tutorial on how to make a tie, an ideal Fathers Day gift or a thoughtful and personalised present for someone special.

Buy your Paper or PDF Tie Pattern by clicking here.

What you will need

You can find the items you need here at the Makery.

Outer fabric
Lining fabric
Fabric scissors
Paper scissors
Sewing machine
Tailors chalk / pencil
Needle and thread
Iron and ironing board
Iron on interfacing


1. Make your patterns

Cut out all your pattern pieces using paper scissors. Lay the upper fabric in front of you and iron it flat. Place the upper pattern pieces 1, 2 and 3 on the bias of your fabric. Pin down your pattern pieces, or draw around them. Using your fabric scissors, cut out the three pieces.

2. Add the interfacing

Iron the interfacing on to the back of the tie upper pieces, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Sew your fabric together

Join piece 1 to 2 and 2 to 3, right sides together. Pin in place and, with your machine set to straight stitch, sew together with a 1cm seam allowance. Trim the ends of the seams that poke out at each side, so they are flush with the edges. Open out and press the seams flat.

4. Create the lining

Iron the lining fabric flat, then lay the lining pattern pieces on the lining fabric, on the bias. Cut out.

5. Iron flat your tie

Fold up the centre points of each lining piece by 1cm toward the wrong side. Now fold in the two long sides by 1cm. Pin in place and iron flat. This is called a mitred corner - just so you know!

6. Create the point to your tie

Repeat these folds on the two ends of the upper fabric, and pin and press as before. At both ends, use ladder stitch to sew the two edges of the hem together where they meet at the point, so that your point is nice and crisp.

7. Stitch the lining in place

Lay out the upper fabric, wrong side up. Position the larger lining triangle, right side up, on the point of the larger end of the tie, leaving a margin of 2mm from the end. Ladder stitch the lining in place along the two long edges.

8. Repeat step 7

Repeat with the smaller triangle at the smaller end of the tie. Press on the lining side.

9. Seal the tie and finish

Turn both long edges of the tie in by 1cm, toward the wrong side. Press in place. Fold both of those edges in toward the middle of the tie so they meet in the middle. Ladder stitch the two sides together by hand, all the way down the tie.

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