Today I am bringing home the very first tutorial I did last summer as part of the

Sewing Rabbit Team

and my very first PDF pattern. I am sure you all know

Jess' amazing blog

, but if not have a look, it's a feast for any diyer & sewing lover like me. 

So here is a little something, maybe just in time for the Easter and Passover holidays coming up. Great for the boys and girls Enjoy!

Hello! I am very excited to share with you today my very first tutorial- I thought I would start with something relatively simple and ease my way into getting used to writing tutorials for everyone. I thought with the wedding season well on it's way and honestly my kids just love to dress up, to show you how to make a cute color block skinny necktie for your little children. 

I have created a

PDF pattern

for you to

download

( my first! ), it comes in two sizes: small for 18mths to 4 years old and medium for 5 to 8year old. Once you've printed your pattern, pieced it together and cut it out, you'll be ready to get started! 

If you would like to make the necktie a little wider, then I recommend just adding 1 or 1.5 cm all around. 

You will need at least 2 different color fabric- I used some light weight cottons, some lining ( you could just use a light weight fabric), some light weight iron-on  fusible and some velcro aprox. 4-5 cm by 2 cm wide. Once you've gathered all your supplies cut and fuse your fabric. 

**Careful, your main pieces are cut on the bias and the lining along the grain.

Now you are ready to sew!

Step 1: place right sides together of the combo A & B of the tie and sew at 1cm from the edge.

Step 2: Iron your seam open.

Step 3: Place your lining on top of your tie right sides together. You will notice the lining is smaller- no worries it's supposed to be!

Step 4: Pin your your fabric- you will have to stretch the lining a little, which should be easy because the point is cut on a bias.

Step 5: Sew at 0.5cm from the edge.

Step 6: Fold your seam over and stitch at 0.5cm- this will ensure you have nice corners ( I do this for all my corners).  Trim the end of your point at 3mm from your seam. Repeat step 3 to 6 for the other end of your tie.

Step 7: Turn over both ends of your tie. You can use a pointy object to push out the ends of your tie- I use my scissors. Be careful not to push to hard! Now iron all your seams and iron the left edge of your tie at about 0.5cm.

Step 8: Next we will sew our necktie and loop, both at 0.5cm.

Step 9: Turn over your loop ( I use a loop turner or a safety pin does the trick too). Fold your loop in 2 and place it just above your lining, pin it, open up your seam and stitch the loop in place just at the very edge.

Step 10: Mark the centre of your tie with a pin, fold over the right side of tie- it should pass your centre point by 0.2 cm and iron down. 

Step 11: Overlap the left side by 0.2 cm and iron down. 

Step 12: Now we will close up our tie by hand stitching it- use a slip stitch. Here is how I did it- pass your needle through the left hand side of your tie and over to the left, slide your needle over about 2cm and start over. 

Step 13: Now iron down your loop. 

Step 14: Turn over your necktie and turn back in the ends by about 1cm. Iron.

Step 15: place your velcro at both ends on opposite sides and stitch right at the edge.

Step 16: place your ti and necktie as shown.

Step 17: Turn your ends in.

Step 18: Pull on both ends of the tie and necktie. Try to have the smaller end towards the back.

Step 19: Pull out on both ends of your necktie.

Step 20: Turn over and adjust the length- you might have to play around a little bit to make sure everything is nice and straight.

*** you can hand stitch at the back of your knot if you like, this will make sure your tie will not get undone. I like to leave it unstitched so I can play with the length of my ties.

ENJOY!!!

Well, these are so easy to make and I wanted to give you a few ideas on how to match some prints, fabrics and colours, I made 4 little ties... 2 for my daughter and 2 for my son!

I made two of the ties with some neon mixed with a pastel- a huge trend this summer and it makes the neckties a little more casual. Dress up or down, wear it to a party or out for dinner. My Kids like to play prince and princess- don't all princes wear ties? According to my son they do!

I also made one with a mix of florals and pink for my daughter so it would still be very girly.

And a gingham and floral mix for my son. The great thing about neckties is you can add a little pink or florals for boys- my husband can't complain and I can be happy!

All the fabric was bought at my local fabric store- however I've made these before with my husband old shirts, I've used skirts and even t-shirts. I do have one recommendation, if you are using light colors, make sure your lining doesn't show through. 

Have fun and experiment! You can never have too many ties, right? 

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