Friday, February 26, 2010

Little Man Tie Tutorial




I have had many requests to purchase rights to sell ties made from this pattern. Big thank you for those that are honest enough to ask!! I spent many many hours writing, photographing, and editing this tutorial for you all to enjoy. Please show respect and integrity by asking permission and fairly compensating me before selling these ties.

I have adopted an on your honor pay system here because I do want people to use the pattern for personal use for free.  (I love a good free pattern!) However, if you are interested in selling ties made from this pattern kindly email me at
veryhomemade@gmail.com   for payment information. Please put " Tie Pattern Selling Rights" as the subject.

Thanks!

Okay, so here's a tutorial on how to make a fabulous tie for your little man. So if you have 30 minutes and some basic sewing skills, this project is for you. Oh, and please...if something doesn't make sense to you, let me know and I'll try and clarify! (OH, and Click on the photos to see the image bigger and a few additional notes I made.)

Ready to see the entire tutorial.. Just click below to expand!





First, download the pattern. (If you try and print direct from adobe it will print just a corner of the pattern. Also, be sure that view on one page is selected.)
So if you are making a tie for a newborn, download patterns A and B for newborn.
If you are making a tie for size 2-5 T download patterns A, B for 2-5T, and C

Print them out and tape together. If you are making one for any sizes in between just add extra inches to the skinny end of the newborn tie. I know, I know.. I'm not being very precise.. but you have to remember I'm simply not an expert pattern maker. : ) You can also customize this pattern by making it an oh-so-chic skinny tie or an oh-so-fun wide tie if you want by simply narrowing or widening the pattern.
A

B Newborn

B for 2-5 T

C for 2-5 T

*** Always check to see that the 1 inch by 1 inch square is just that. If it doesn't you can always try enlarging/shrinking. Or you could just get the basic shape (from the photo below) and draw it out yourself.****

Then.. gather your supplies..
You will need

1/4 yard of studly-print fabric (prewashed). I used cotton. I'll call this the main fabric from here on.
1/4 yard of lining fabric (prewashed). I used cotton.
OPTIONAL: 1/4 yard of light weight Iron on interfacing  (Some people said the interfacing made their tie too thick, I personally have had no problems with the Pellon brand light weight interfacing. But if you want to skip this part, by all means save yourself the time and money!)
3 1/2 - 4  inches of sewable velcro
pins
thread to match
scissors
large safety pin (this will make your life much easier!)
Iron, ironing board
and don't forget a sewing machine!

Ready. Let's go.
1. First, cut out your paper pattern pieces (A, B, and C)and tape together. Pin and cut or trace and cut the tie pattern from the interfacing.

2. Pin pattern onto your main fabric on the bias. Do the same for your lining fabric. Optional: Iron on the interfacing onto your now cut main fabric (not the lining) according to product directions .



3. From your main fabric, cut a 2 1/2 inch by 20 inch rectangle for the neck band. (We'll use this later)

4. With right sides together, sew only the two v shaped corners at each end of the tie using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Clip corners.


5. Flip tie so that the right side of the fabric is facing out. Make sure the two end points are nice and pointy! Iron.


6. Fold your tie lengthwise with the lining fabric facing out. Line up all four layers of fabric. You can pin them together if you want. (I'm a bit lazy and skip that part!)



7. Sew along the length of the tie. You will probably need more than a 1/4 seam allowance here.. just make sure to get all four layers!


8. Iron the seam open.


9. Turn your tie right side out. Iron again. You're almost done sewing! Yeah!

10. Take the neck strap piece you cut earlier (2 1/2 inch by 17 inch rectangle) and fold in half length-wise (you know the drill, right sides together). Sew down the length of the fabric.


11. Turn the neck piece right side out. Here is where the safety pin comes in handy. Safety-pin one side of the fabric and then insert the safety pin through the fabric casing. Push the pin through to the other end pulling the fabric as you go. (Clear as mud, yeah?!?). Iron with the seam at the bottom (don't center the seam here.)


12. Now you will will simply tuck in the two ends of fabric into the casing of the neck piece. (I suggest folding a good 1/2- 1 inch into the casing.)



13. Pin the rough side of the velcro at one end of the neck piece. Flip the neck piece over and pin the soft side of the velcro at the opposite end of the neck piece (Make sure you have one piece of velcro pinned to the front and one pinned to the back.)


14. Sew along the velcro pieces as shown below.


That good old neck strap should look like this:


Horray! You're done sewing.. Now for the tricky part. Tying the tie.

Place the two pieces as shown below. The neck piece should be above the tie. The wide part of the tie should be to your right.



Wide part of the tie goes up and behind the neck piece like so...


Now bring it down and in front of the neck piece.


Tighten. Note where the knot will be. Now is when you should check the length of the tie and adjust accordingly.

Take the narrow part of the tie and bring it up and behind the neck piece.


Now bring it down and in front of the neck piece (Thank goodness for photos!)


Tighten. You will want to pull the tie down and the neck pieces out to tighten everything up. (This takes a little practice.. but you can do it!)

This is what the back of the knot should look like. I often (but some times I'm just lazy!) will tack the back together. Just hand sew a few stitches on the bottom of the knot to keep it in place.


Now find your own little stud and try it on!

Okay, so all I ask is if you use the pattern, let me know what I should change/clarify on this tutorial. And one additional favor, show me your handsome creations!

******Please do not use this to sell ties or for any kind of monetary gain; this was created for personal use only. (Unless, of course you plan on rewarding me handsomely : ) ) *******

189 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It looks very detailed. I would love to try making these ties. I am having trouble opening the pattern. Every time I click on any of the A B or C links, it takes me to the acrobat site. Is it possible that the links need to be updated? Any hints? Much appreciation! Thanks!

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  2. This is WAY easier than when I made my little man ties. And my sister-in-law was just asking me to make her some, to which I refused :) But now I can just refer her to your site...yay! Thanks so much.

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  3. Heather, I just checked the links, they do work for me, so I'm a bit puzzled on why they don't come up for you. It did take a while to load and the Adobe Acrabat site came up first. I would be happy to email you a copy of the pattern. I just need your email for that!

    Lindsay, it is a really easy tie to make! You are very welcome!

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  4. Okay, I think I got it figured out. I am kind of new to the Acrobat world (except for Adobe Reader) so I downloaded new programs and I guess maybe I had to restart or something because it worked today. I really appreciate your help! And I REALLY appreciate the pattern. I am so looking forward to trying this! Thanks again!

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  5. Glad you figured it out!
    Good luck!

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  6. I have been searching for a tutorial on how to make little ties. I LOVE this. Thanks for your clear explanation as well as the awesome pictures.
    The only thing I had trouble with is making the knot look like a triangle rather than a square. (I am not known for my tying skills). I found that if I tied it in the exact REVERSE way of your instructions with pulling the fat end of the tie through instead of the skinny end, it worked out better for me. However, it appears that you did not have any trouble with the knot, so it's probably just me. :) Thanks again.

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  7. Thanks for the tip, Shannon. Perhaps others are having the same problem?

    Glad it worked for you!

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  8. What a wonderful idea! I found this at just the right time--I needed a little tie for my 5 year-old to wear with a nice shirt at a family weeding. Your directions were clear and easy to follow: thanks so much for sharing!

    The only change I made was to eliminate the interfacing (even with lightweight interfacing the first tie I made was way too "stiff" and impossible to turn inside out) as I was using quilting cotton for both the front and the lining. I'm sure with different fabrics the interfacing would be needed and would provide a little more weight/body.

    Thanks again for the wonderful tutorial, and for taking the time to post it!

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  9. I just made one this afternoon. I had a bit of a rough time flipping the tie right side out when it was done (I think it was just kind of stiff and bulky for how small of a hole it was going through) but I did get it to turn eventually (I used a pair of tweezers) and I think it looks fabulous! Your directions and pattern were awesome, thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. Kay and Jana, thanks for the feedback. I have mentioned that the interfacing is optional. I have used quilting cotton as well. I use the light weight interfacing that comes in a package. I think it is the Pellon brand, I wonder if it is not lighter than other "lightweight" interfacings out there.

    Thanks again for the feedback. I'm sure that will help others out there making the ties as well!

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  11. I'm so excited I found this tutorial! I can't wait to get started with some cute little ties as a gift for my sister's new baby boy!

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  12. I'm almost done completing 2 ties and they are turning out fantastic! Thanks so much for posting the tutorial for us! Hopefully I can figure out how to post a picture!

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  13. Is the seam allowance 1/4" for everything? I did 3/8" for step #7 to give me a little more fabric to stay ironed open. I agree, the interfacing is essential on thinner fabrics, but thicker fabrics may not need it. The "cheap" thin interfacing that comes in a package also helps keep the bias fabric from shifting and stretching the wrong way while working with it.

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  14. Hi, just trying to click on the links to the patterns and they aren't working. Maybe it's just me? If it isn't too much trouble could you email me them? Thanks!
    kim.hawryluk@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks for this!! :) pics of our holiday tie here:
    http://www.boogerbearcreations.com/2010/12/12-days-of-christmas-crafting-day-8.html

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  16. AHHH This exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!

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  17. Exactly what I needed right when I needed it! Thank you so much for posting this! Just made ties for my 2 favorite little boys! They didn't turn out perfect (This is, what...the 5th time I've used my sewing machine??) but I think they look pretty darn good!

    Only thing that I found a little confusing was when you said to sew just the triangle...it was probably pretty straightforward for most people...but I got confused and sewed a smidge up each side. I quickly realized the error of my ways, but maybe an aerial pic (meaning one from the top) would be more clear than the side pic...because that's what confused me.

    Thanks again for this great post! So easy to follow and just exactly what I wanted! :)

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  18. I just made newborn and toddler-sized ties for a friend to use for her upcoming family pictures. They turned out so cute! Thank you for a fantastic tutorial that was easy and a big success!

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  19. I have made these ties a few times and I love the pattern! It is very easy to complete and looks terrific. I noticed you do not want people to make and sell ties using your pattern. I want to sell them for a fundraiser to help my sister with some medical bills. Is there a way to work with you for this exception? Thank you!

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  20. P.S. If my comment didn't give you an e-mail address, you may contact me at nelson_jg@hotmail.com. Thank you!

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  21. Nelson Nitwits, you've got mail!

    Thank you everyone for trying the pattern, I am glad that you were able to use it.

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  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial!! I could not find a Damask tie anywhere for the ring bearer in my wedding. This tutorial saved me! Thank you!!!!

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  23. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm downloading like you say and it's still really big any ideas how to get it to print the right size?

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  24. Awesome tutorial! I just made a tie so my little boy can match his sisters' easter dresses. It was super easy! Thank you!

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm anxious to make one (or two) for my soon to be three year old. He really wants a tie with cars on it. :)

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  26. im a little confused, I downloaded the pattern and it is huge on the paper. is that how it should look? help

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  27. Dave and Jeanine, not really sure why it is printing huge. I am quite a dunce when it comes to technical issues. : ) I can send you an emailed version if you would like. Just let me know your email and I'll send it to you.

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  28. Dave and Jeanine,
    Not sure if this will fix it for you, but make sure to download it and then print the downloaded file. Don't just download it from the Adobe site, it is really big when I print from there, but it is the right size when I download it. Let me know if that works for you. If not, I'll send it via email!

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    1. can you send me the pattern to my email mine turned out huge!! mmoore111887@yahoo.com

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    2. Make sure when you print, that it on 100% scale, mine turned out perfect.

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  29. What width velcro did you use? I have been trying to find 1/2" but have had no luck. what is the finished width of the neck band? thank you!

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  30. My neckband ends up being about 1 1/2 inch wide by 15-16 inches long. If you use four inches of velcro, you can get the neckband to fit just about any size. My velcro is between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch wide. You can get up to an inch wide velcro. You just want your neckband to be a bit wider than the velcro. I bought my velcro at Joann's. Hope that helps!

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  31. This tutorial is GREAT!! I've been looking for a simple tutorial for this, and here yours is! It only took me about 30 mins to make one. I will be using this over and over. Thank you!!

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  32. I did it! I just sewed a tie! Thanks so much. My only problem was inside outing the entire thing. I ended up sewing it too skinny and having too much extra fabric on the little point end. And I used a plain elastic rather than go through that hassle again. It still works perfectly. Thanks so much!

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  33. I did it! I sewed a tie and it was so easy. Thanks so much for your tutorial. Here is my tie: http://mattandsherylh.blogspot.com/2011/04/crafty-sewing-blog-challenge-10.html

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  34. This is such a great tutorial! I love how the tie turned out!!! I made the infant tie and now am going to make the toddler one for a friend! Do you recommend making the "rectangle" piece bigger for the toddler size? Any recommended length??

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  35. thank you! I've been looking for a DIY tie that I can make for my little man's first birthday party for all the guests!!

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  36. if i wanted to make these and sell these, what would you like in return? stellaandoliviasmommy@gmail.com

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  37. I LOVE this tutorial. My sisters and I got together to make ties for our boys for my brothers wedding. They turned out great. Here is a link to see them if you'd like:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.150056865064684.34752.130626650341039#!/media/set/?set=a.150056865064684.34752.130626650341039

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  38. I can't thank you enough for posting this! I was just at Jo Ann's today looking for a tie pattern for my 23-month old and 3-year old. They only had the traditional kind where you do a real tie. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for, and I'm so excited to go fabric shopping now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  39. ok, so I've been looking for an easy pattern, (FOR FREE) on line and this one is the easiest to understand. Thank you for posting it! My two boys thank you too! They love matching ties!

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  40. Thanks for the tutorial, this was SUPER easy. I will try and post a pic when I get it somewhere public.

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  41. I made one in a few hours on my first try last night. I had a great time and I can't wait to make more. Thank you for this tutorial. It was great. I did have a little bit of a hard time understanding when to sew the points on the small end of the tie. I LOVE this so much, and I cannot thank you enough

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  42. I'm excited to try this pattern because I'm making matching ties for my little man and my husband to wear in a wedding this weekend. I can't get the pattern to download, though. Would you mind emailing it to me at chelle.evette@gmail.com? Thanks so much!

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  43. I love this tie and so want to make one for my little man. I'm having trouble trying to open it though, can you send to my email? Stizzles1026@hotmail.com

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  44. Thank you so much for posting this. I was just asked by a friend to make her little 1 1/2 year old a tie for a wedding he is going to be in. I have to get some ink to print out the tutorial and hopefully can get started on it in the next day or so. Thanks again for taking the time to post this article.

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  45. Hi there! I LOVE this tie tutorial- SO SO easy and fun to make! I linked to you on my facebook page- and posted a photo there ;) http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/twocraftymamas

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  46. This is perfect! I just made 3!!! I'm going to have trouble deciding which one my son will wear to a family wedding in September! I would love to talk to you about rewarding you handsomely so I could sell these at craft fairs in the area. Please email me at skimommy47@yahoo.com so we can talk about this! Thanks so much!!!

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  47. Thank you for posting! My sister gave my boys (ages 2 & 4) these ties for their birthdays. My oldest promptly untied his, well, just because. Thank you now for the assembly instructions ... and thank you again later when I learn to sew and make some more for them!

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  48. This turned out great! Thanks so much! I lengthened it a bit more to make a tie for my 8 year old :)

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  49. Just made this for my 3 year old. Turned out so cute. Now I need to make one for my 10 month old. Thanks!

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  50. Thanks so much for the pattern! Just whipped up a cute little tie for a photo shoot with my nephew tomorrow. Can't wait to use it!

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  51. Just made this for my little man! I can't wait to try it on him tomorrow morning! Since I was using plain black fabric, I was able to make it only 1 layer thick, and just hemmed the two pointed ends. It worked out great. It wouldn't look as good with a printed fabric though. But mine turned out great! I'll post a link to my page once I get pictures up!

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  52. I am really looking forward to making these for my twin boys first birthday but am having an hard time downloading the pattern. Could you please email me this pattern? Rwofford07@yahoo.com. thanks so much!!

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  53. That would be a great way to make some matching ties for daddy and sons! Thanks for posting all of the steps with easy-to-follow directions!
    -Jackie

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  54. Love it! Made 3 ties for my little man while he napped. Best tie pattern I have tried yet.

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  55. This is exactly what I have been looking for. I want to make one for my sons first birthday pictures but I am having some trouble opening the pattern. Could you please email me the pattern at Sarah42587@gmail.com? Thank you so very much!

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  56. Great tutorial! I'll have to try it out soon!

    Coffee Fueled Mama
    creationsalamode.blogspot.com

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  57. You are my hero. I totally have to make two of these today for a wedding tomorrow. THANK YOU!!

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  58. These were so easy to put together!! Thank you, SO MUCH!! for sharing!! They were perfect for the two little wiggly boys that were in the wedding. <3

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  59. I just made my first of many little man ties for my two little men. So easy and so very cute! I think I will substitute the velcro for little snaps as my one year old will not wear anything he can remove. Thank you for this great tutorial!

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  60. WOW!
    Thanks so much. My girlfriend was trying to find one for her son's newborn photos. I told her I would try to find instructions online and here you are. THANKS for allowing use to use your detailed list of To-Do. Have a wonderful day and thanks AGAIN!

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  61. I just finished making a tie using this tutorial and it is perfect! It looks amazing and was soo simple to make. Thank you for posting such a wonderful tutorial!!!

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  62. I am also having trouble printing the tie pattern. Could you email it to me at swagner2005 at hotmail dot com? Thank you!

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  63. You are officially awesome. This tie is perfect! I didn't cut the fabric quite right (I'm horrible with across the grain cuts) but I'm still super happy with how it turned out. I'm crocheting a matching stocking cap for my son to go see Santa in...he'll be the best dressed baby there! Thanks again. You will be able to see my finished tie on my blog, creationsalamode.blogspot.com, in December (not sure when yet, I haven't made up my list of posts for that month yet!)

    Thanks again!

    Stephanie
    creationsalamode.blogspot.com

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  64. This is exactly what I'm looking for! I'm also having trouble with the acrobat site. Could you email the pattern as well? jennavv(at)hotmail.com thanks!

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  65. I just whipped one of these up for my 2.5 year old. he likes to take fabric swatches and pretend he is jack from 30 rock. this tie is going to make his christmas morning! thanks!!

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  66. What a grrrrrreat!!!! tutorial!!! I've seen the patterns before, and have sewn for quite some time....but, this tutorial has inspired me to actually make one! thank YOU, THANK YOU!!!

    hugZ,
    annie m.
    anniesrubyslipperz.com

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  67. You guys made my day! Thanks for trying out the tutorial!

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  68. Thank you! I couldn't find matching ties anywhere for my little dudes, ages 1, 5, and 7. So, thank you for posting this! I like ties on the long side so I added an inch to the 5 year olds and 2 inches to the 7 year olds. And I did have to call my mom to explain some things, but that's because I'm not much of a sewer. Thanks for an awesome tutorial.

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  69. I just happened upon this tutorial, and have actually been making ties with a very similar pattern for my boys for a couple years now, with one difference. I use real ties (that my husband no longer uses), unpick the stitching, iron it flat (remove the lining) and cut the little man tie out of the big man tie. I think it's fun. :) It makes them look more like big man ties to have stripes and stuff. Anyway, just something you could try. :) Awesome tutorial! I'm going to make some for my boys to match their sisters' christmas dresses.

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  70. I am having the same problem as some of the other posters - I can not open the adobe file. Is there anyway that you could send me a copy via e-mail. I think that I could whip a couple up before Christmas! Thanks!

    sdye.rt@gmail.com

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  71. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It was very easy to follow, even tying the tie! I linked to you on my blog and posted pictures of what I made. www.simplejoycrafting.blogspot.com.

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  72. Hi Amber! I LVOE this tie! I want to make a girlie one for my little princess. I tried to click on the link and couldn't get it to work. Could you email me the patterns for both sizes? My email is mandy735@gmail.com. Thank you so much and I can't wait to get started! Mandy

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  73. I just made this for my son's 1st birthday pictures it was so easy I think it took me less then 20 min and I'm not very good a sewing. The instructions were so clear and the pictures helped so much. Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to make these for every holiday and for my 4 year old as well.

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  74. I just made this (wow, you're still getting comments on a post that's 2 years old?! Nice!) tie for a baby shower gift and I LOVE it. Thank you so much!!!!

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  75. OH MY!!! THANK YOU!!! This is exactly what I've been looking for! I made one today for my grandson with surf board material and I know he is going to LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU!!!

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  76. i just made my first tie! you make it SO EASY! thank you! now i have something to give him on easter. you are the BEST!

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  77. Just finished making a tie for my son for his 1st birthday. This is a great tutorial. The finished tie looks great - and so much nicer and cheaper than the ones I saw online for purchase. Thank you!

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  78. THANK you for such a detailed tutorial!! I couldn't find the color ties I needed for a wedding for my little ones, but because I found this link on Pinterest I was able to make some with my own fabric. Thank you!!

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  79. Hi! Is there a different link for the pattern download? It doesn't seem to open a pattern. I would love to make these for my twin boys for Easter! Thank you very much--super cute!

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  80. Kkatula,
    I would be happy to email you the pattern if you can send me your email address. You may email me at amberdee311@yahoo.com

    Everyone else, THANK YOU! Glad you enjoyed the pattern. : ) You make my day!

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  81. Having difficulties printing out the patterns =( They keep printing out enlarged! Anyone mind telling me the length for newborn/toddler? want to make some for my friends little boys. THANKS!

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  82. Try to download the pattern then print. If you print without downloading it prints the screen which is too large. : ).

    Make sure the square is 1 inch by 1 inch.

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  83. To continue, Once printed, Just make sure the reference square is one inch by one inch. The pattern when printed correctly looks much wider then a little boy tie should look but after sewing it...it is the right size: ). I've had several readers confused by that.

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  84. Just got done making my 4th tie, thanks so much for all your time putting this together :)
    Smiles~Beth

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  85. I'm outing myself as seriously uncrafty here, but after clicking the links I still don't understand what you mean by cutting against the grain. Does the length of the tie run from selvage to selvage? I've seen other tutorials that call for cutting it on the bias... I am confused and feeling a little silly, especially since your photo has the pattern laying at an angle to the fabric. Help this girl who's still moderately afraid of her sewing machine! ;)

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    1. http://www.ehow.com/video_7260157_cut-fabric-bias.html

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  86. I cut across the grain...most of the time. : ) there is a hyperlink above where I say to cut across the grain. Just click on it and it will explain.
    I have made plenty of ties that haven't been cut perfectly due to less then adequate fabric supply and lt still works. ; )

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    1. Short answer: cut fabric in the bias.

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    2. On the bias I mean. Sorry I'm writing this on my mobile device. : )

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  87. THANK YOU!!! This was super easy and turned out SO CUTE!!! I only bought one fabric just in case I couldn't make it work, but I'm going back for more!! The only part that was difficult to me was turning the tie right side out. But I read through your comments and someone suggested using tweezers. This worked perfectly!! I was nervous about the tying part, but you (and your pictures) explained it perfectly. So glad my son's portrait outfit now coordinates with his sister's dress! THANK YOU!!

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  88. Just made my boys some matching ties for Easter. Thank you so much for an easy-to-follow tutorial and making it FREE! They turned out darling (and I'm NO seamstress), and I CAN'T WAIT for Easter! Thank you! Thank you!

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  89. Thanks SO MUCH for posting this very easy tutorial! These were a cinch to make following your instructions and my grandson LOVED them! Your TUT was exactly what I was looking for! I posted my finished ties ( I made 3) to my blog youhadmeatcraft.com with full credit to you! THANKS AGAIN!

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  90. Yay! Love this tutorial! I made a blue chevron tie to match my girls' Easter skirts. Thanks so much-

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  91. Thank you so much! I whipped up the cutest little tie for my little man...easy peasey & quick. My kind of project :)

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  92. I haven't made this yet (hopefully tomorrow) but I totally appreciate so much the time you have taken to share this with others. I always feel so greedy using other people's ideas for myself! I've tried other tie tutorials that I didn't care for but this looks great and I"m anxious to try. Again, realy truly thank you for sharing your talent!

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  93. It's funny you ended up commenting on my craft blog! As you could see I don't really post on there any more! I used to sell my crafts and after baby three I scaled back to only locals, then after baby four I stopped completely, so I don't really ever post on there any more. I devote my blogging time now to my family blog, but it's all good. It's because instead of crafting I spend my time on homeschooling my 5 kids! BUT...I got the tie's done today and they turned out pretty good! I think for next time i'll widen the narrow end of the tie...that was a bugger to get turned right side again!!! We are using them for Easter pictures tomorrow and I post on my family blog on Sundays so I'll come back here and link ya once i get those pictures op. Thanks again for sharing this tutorial!

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  94. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's just barely discovering this tutorial! :) It's really hard to find a tie for a toddler (especially at a decent price), so I decided last minute to make my son a tie for Easter! It's honestly my first real sewing project, so I was really nervous! I plan to make more and perfect it, but I'm really happy with how this tie turned out! I think I'll even let him wear it in public ;) Thank you THANK YOU for posting this tutorial for all of us to use! You're a lifesaver!!

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  95. I also put this tutorial to use this Easter. Thank you for putting together a fabulous tutorial! Your clear directions were perfect and made for a simple project. Thank you!

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  96. My son is 6 months old, in 12-18 month clothes. Would the bigger tie be most appropriate for him or do you think it would be too big?

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    1. I would do the bigger tie. You can adjust the length when you tie your tie. In fact my son has worn the same tie from 18 months to 6 years because I just retie it to be longer. Hope that helps!

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  97. I can't seem to get the patterns to open.
    I just went out today with my little man to pick out fabric and was really excited to get going on this, but can't seem to get the patterns up. I keep getting an error message.
    Can you possible email them to me?
    monbon64@hotmail.com

    - Excited to give this a try!

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  98. THANK YOU!!! you saved my bacon. I had bought an outfit pants and tie for a photoshoot but the little boy didnt fit them and I have one day to get another so pulled out my sewing machine (dusted it) and made the pants but the tie had me stumped. After a few trial and errors I am a pro. I couldnt even make a pillow case when I was a school thats how bad at sewing I am but your detailed photos made it easy. Thank you from a very very happy photographer.

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  99. Such an easy and clear tutorial, thanks so much. My one year old is going to look super cute when he attends a Vegas wedding in August!

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  100. made it....love it!!! how can i show you a pic? thanks so much for the inspiration! i have 3 girls who i always make dresses for...now my one and only son has a matching tie!!!

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  101. Thanks everyone for trying the tutorial and the kind comments. YOu made my day! : )

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  102. I downloaded the pattern to my computer and then printed it but it is still very large. Can you email it to me? greeneyes197@juno.com

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  103. thankyou so much for an awesome tutorial! I LOVED it!!

    http://www.smallbirdie.com/2012/07/baby-tie.html

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  104. Awesome tutorial! I just finished one for a toddler for a wedding and it turned out perfect! Instead of velcro, the mom requested elastic. The 4 yr old's neck is 12 1/2 inches so I made the neck piece 8 inches x 3 inches, then stitched the ends of one 7 inch piece of 1/2 inch elastic into the ends of the neck piece so it formed a circle, then tied the tie part as you instructed.

    I had to watch how much elastic I was feeding into the neck piece ends to make sure the length of the neck piece would come out right, but if it is too big I'll be able to just shorten by cutting the middle of the elastic and restitching it. If I could post pic I would. So cute!! The little man is going to look so adorable! Thank you so much!

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  105. I checked out your website, smallbirdie, and loved your little man in his tie!

    And Kathy, brilliant idea about the elastic! That is an easy way to alter this pattern. Thanks for sharing.

    Loves,
    Amber

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  106. Hi! I already made a few of these for my baby boy =)The way you wrote the directions makes it super easy to follow along.
    Do you think I could make just the tie piece with out the neck strap for an adult. Would it still be able to be tied traditionally? Just looking for your opinion. Thanks!

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    1. Great idea! Yes, that would certainly work. You would just have to make it much longer. I would use an existing adult tie as a reference. Let me know how it works out!
      Loves,
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  107. Hi, thanks so much for this pattern and tutorial, it is absolutely perfect, I just looked on the internet on the off chance I might find something useful and this is brilliant and so much better than I could have hoped to created by myself. I just made two of them but my boys are puppets, and it works just as well for them. you are awesome. blessings

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  108. Thank you for this nice, simple to follow tutorial - made 2 ties for my 4 year old. Just one note - the neck tie part is a little on the short side - it fits but probably won't for too long, so I'd need to make a slightly longer version. Another couple of inches would do it!
    Still, great tutorial - will be forwarding to my sewing buddies!

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    1. Thanks for that input. I think skinny necks run on both sides of our family so the neck piece fits my boys well..But it's good to know the tutorial is on the small side. I'll size it up! : )

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  109. Oh. My. Goodness. This has been so much fun to make!! This is my first sewing project in a loooong time, and the tutorial was super easy to follow. I am so excited for my little man's new tie! Can't wait to make him more!! We are going out tomorrow to take some pictures, and I'll be sure to share them!!

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    1. Yeah! Glad you liked the tutorial. Can't wait to see photos!

      : )

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  110. Tried another tie tutorial and it the instructions were really odd...quite frankly the finished product looked pretty terrible, too. But I just completed this one and I'm loving the way this one turned out! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  111. Hi can you please send me it by email. Treminiov@yahoo.com thank you so much!

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  112. hi! i'm looking forward to making this but can't seem to get the files to download and print correctly. could you just email them to my personal email? It's megbadams@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  113. Hey, just thought I would let you know that I used your pattern to make my little man a tie and it was super cute. I posted it on my blog and put a link to send readers over to you. Thanks for the great blog....

    Donna

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    1. Thanks Donna! LOVE Your ties! Thanks for linking.
      And your blog is adorable. : )

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  114. I could hug you right now. Found my sons store-bought tie on the floor yesterday...totally taken apart. I was going to throw it away since I just couldn't seem to figure it out. But, as my hubby says, "You can find anything on the internet." And I found you!!! I'm singing right now. I thank God for creative people like you that help us non-creative types feel like we're not missing out on the action!

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  115. This is perfect! We own a little tie just like this and I have been meaning to take it apart to see how to make one myself. Now I don't have to!

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  116. Thank you! Have been trying to find a tie pattern for 40-lb dogs. :) This looks great!

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  117. I just made a tie using this pattern! Thank you so much. It came out perfectly :)

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  118. I cant seem to figure out how to print the patterns once I have them downloaded. I want to make one for my Sons birthday can someone please email me the pattern to amandanichols24@gmail.com

    Thank you :)

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  119. I can't wait to try this pattern

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  120. Needed to make my grandson, Elwood, a skinny black tie so he could be Elwood Blues for Halloween. Made the tie, but was trying to figure out to to "attach" it to him (he's only 3-1/2!) Your photo tutorial was amazing!! I had it completed in 20 minutes!! Thank you so much!! You saved the day!!!

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  121. Hi thanks so much for this tutorial, very easy! The only question I have is about when you fold the tie in half lengthwise and sew along it, do you also have to pivot and sew to the small point? When I turned mine inside out it was unfinished (the raw edge) and I had to fold in and sew. I used interfacing to give it more body and was a bit trick to turn and ties the knot but I got there in the end. Thanks again! :-)

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    1. Humm.. you should have sewed the pointed edges before you sewed the tie lengthwise (see step #4). That way you should have no raw edges on the tie. Does that clarify it? : )

      Yes, on the interfacing, I use a the lightweight cheap Pellon brand and it works fine, but others have said it made their tie too stiff .

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  122. How much fabric would you say I might need if i am doing the 2-5T tie? More than the 1/4 yard i'm guessing? Thanks!

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  123. Thanks for posting this. My son needed a skinny tie for 80's day at school, and this worked out perfectly. He's 5 and looked adorable. Didn't have velcro, so I used hooks and eyes for fasteners.

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  124. would love to make for xmas but for some reason i cannot download. can u please email me the patterns at slsherby@yahoo.ca. thankyou so much

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    1. Hi, Sher!
      I tried to email you the pattern but it bounced back. Could you send me your email again? You may email me at
      veryhomemade@gmail.com if you do not want to post your email here. : )

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  126. I do a LOT of sewing (I do sew things to sell, but I'm not planning on selling ties), and this tutorial was super easy to follow. My tie for my almost-2-year-old turned out excellent, now that I know how easy these are I will make them for my four-year-old and five-year-old as well! Thank you for an excellent tutorial.

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    1. You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. : )

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  127. could you e-mail me the pattern, mine is not printing right even after I have downloaded it. cldennison@gmail.com

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    1. Did I email you that pattern? Just now getting caught up (10 months later)!!!

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  128. Hello! Thank you so much for the tutorial. For some reason, the pattern isnt showing up when I click on the link. Is there any way you could possibly email it to me? Id appreciate it very much!! :) Thank you for all your hard work!
    californialove3@gmail.com

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    1. You're very welcome. I apologize for this being so late.. did I ever email you the pattern?

      I'm just a tad (ie 10 months) behind!!

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  129. I love this tutorial! I first used it to make a tie for my son's 1st birthday. Today I just finished making his 2nd birthday tie. :) In between, I made my two sons matching ties for the Queen's Jubilee last summer. If I had more free time, I'd make even more of these. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. How sweet. It could become a birthday tradition. : )

      Thanks for trying out the pattern! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  131. Putting this on my to-do list for the weekend. Now my boys can have ties to match their sisters' dresses.

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    1. I love that I can make these for my boys. It's hard to find boys clothing that is worth sewing. Pants and button down shirts are too labor intensive! So I just make them ties and bow ties and hope they won't have a mid-life crisis because I never sewed them anything. ; )

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  132. Making a box of ties/bow ties for a shower gift and I am so excited! Would you mind emailing me the pattern? lhaycock@crilifetree.com

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    1. Sorry this is so late. I'm just getting caught up! Did I get that to you?

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  133. Thank you so much for the great pattern!! I just finished making two green ties for my 5 y/o twins to wear to church on St. Patricks day! I was delighted that I had enough scrap fabric from another project to do these. The boys are confused as to why I want them to wear green ties on Sunday because we careful to color code them with red and blue ties every other Sunday all year so their Sunday School teacher can tell them apart. :) Thank you again for taking the time to share this great pattern. The pictures were great and the instructions were easy to follow!

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    1. So cute !! That's a great idea to have a tie for the various holidays.

      Was their Sunday school teacher able to tell them apart on St. Patrick's Day? : )

      you're very welcome. Glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

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  134. Thank you for the pattern and instructions! The pictures were immensely helpful for me.
    I printed out the pattern at 150% to make a man-sized tie for my husband. He needs it for a costume, so the Velcro for quick changes was necessary.
    Thank you so much!

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    1. You're very welcome! I think that costume sounds so fun. Glad I could help.

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  135. Thank you for this tutorial, I actually had a little boys' tie come undone and was searching the web for a tutorial and couldn't find anything until I came across your blog, thank you! Now that I've seen your cute ties, I may have to buy a pattern as well. =)

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    1. So glad I could be of help! Also, no need to buy the pattern, it's a free download. : )

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  136. Wow, I just made a tie for my grandson to match the pillowcase dress I made for his little sister. Your instructions were great but I didn't size the pattern right and ended up with a tie for a hamster!!!! Thought you would love that. Anyway, finally got it right and I love it, so adorable. Thank you soooo much for the pattern and the great tutorial. I would send a pic but I don't know how!Guess that will be my next tutorial!

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    1. Haha! That would be one adorable hamster!! Perhaps there would be some interest if you sold them. : )
      Glad you got the sizing right. Making these ties are addictive. So fast.

      Thanks for trying out the tutorial!

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  137. Thank You so much, I got to make a tie to match my nieces pillow case dresses for Easter! I can't thank You enough. Your tutorial is great and thanks for the pattern.

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    1. So glad you liked the tutorial! You're very welcome!

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  138. Thank You so much for the pattern and tutorial. I made a 10 year old tie for my son to match my 3 nieces pillow case dresses for Easter! I looked everywhere for a big boy tie tutorial and couldnt find one. I love that he got to be included in the cuteness. I know very soon he wont like it, but this year he loved it.

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    1. Oh, sounds so cute! It's hard for me to get excited about sewing for my boys, because pants and shirts are just so labor intensive!
      I make ties for my boys so they can have something home made too. : )

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  139. How do you modify it to larger sizes? Needing for a 7/8 year old
    Best and easiest pattern and directions I've seen. Can't wait to make one

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    1. I apologize for replying so late. I've had a few things keeping me busy and haven't been the the blog in months!!

      I hope you were able to figure it out! I would just add a few inches all the way around the tie. How many inches depends on how tall the child is. That way it would be wider and longer.

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  140. This turned out adorable! I think I understand why people are saying the pattern is printing too big - it's actually printing right, I double checked the size of the square before and after printing it, it just looks huge. Especially compared to your first example photo, since it looks like you're using a newborn size, and I was using the toddler size. So after measuring 3 times and deciding there was no way it was going to look right, I decided to just go for it, and it turned out perfect! I think because the pattern is shaped like a tie, but ends up much smaller after sewing, the pattern makes it look like it's going to turn out to be this big goofy looking tie. But they are adorable, and just the right proportion :)

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    1. It does look huge, but half the width will be in the back of the tie. Thanks for clarifying that. I'm sure lots of readers could use that help. I've received a few emails questioning the size of the pattern. : )

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  141. Thanks so much for the tutorial and pattern, and the trouble you went through to make them! I made a tie for my four-year-old, and I'm back to make a matching one for his baby brother. I truly appreciate your generosity! Thanks again!

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    1. Hooray! matching ties!
      So glad you could try out the pattern, and you are very welcome! I

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  142. What pattern would be best for a 1 year old?

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    1. I would do that larger pattern and the tie it smaller. I apologize for replying soo late. I had a few major changes pop up so I haven't visited the blog since well, February!

      I hope you figured it out before now. : )

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  143. It's a great tutorial for the tie knots that's for sharing it.
    How Tie A Tie

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  144. Thank you sooooo much for this great pattern & easy to follow instructions. You can see my results here:
    http://teresamacphotography.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/prop-envy/

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    1. You're welcome!!

      Love, love your fabric selection! They are adorable. Thank you for sharing with me. I really do love to see what people make. : )

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  145. I actually used this to "fix" a store-bought tie that fell apart! thank you for posting this!!!

    One thing I would add between "Now bring it down and in front of the neck piece (Thank goodness for photos!)" and "tighten" is something like, "Now slide the small end behind the large end to look like a regular tie". I almost ended up with the small end in front.... :/ Otherwise, these are GREAT! :)

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    1. That really is the trickiest part. You have to work the tie just so to get it right. Glad it helped you retie your store bought tie! : )

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  146. i am so excited to make these- my children (4 and 5) are chomping at the bit for ties. problem is, my printer is a joke so i am going to try and draw the pattern from your photo- can you give me an estimate on lengths/widths so i can at least get a ballpark? i can always adjust if it doesn't work out, but i'd like to get close! thanks :)
    juliehess@hotmail.com

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  147. i figured it out by measuring my screen :)
    thanks!

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    1. I apologize for not replying sooner.. I had an out of state move that has kept me off the blog.

      I'm glad that you were able to figure it out. Would you like me to send the pattern via email?

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  148. Thank you everyone for trying the pattern, I am glad that you were able to use it.
    cravatte fefè

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  149. I guess I should probably teach myself how to sew first before I attempt to make my son's first birthday tie huh?? Think I can accomplish that in a week in a half?? ;-)

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    1. sorry to reply so late, of course you can do it in a week in a half. (or maybe you already did??). haha!

      It is really a very simple sewing project. Good luck!

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  150. Thank you so much, you are a life saver. After spending the last week looking for a tie for my 7 month old, i came across this page and made one for him.I'm a total novice at sewing and can't work my machine so it took around 1 hour hand sewing. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. You're very welcome!

      I'm so impressed that you were able to hand sew a tie it in only an hour!?! Glad you were able to make one without a machine! I'm sure that will help many readers out there.

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  151. I'm excited to sew this tie and a pair of matching booties for my little boy (due in less than a month!!!) but I'm fairly new to sewing and I understand that cutting on the bias is stretchier, but if you are using interfacing, why cut on the bias? just curious-I am one of THOSE that likes to know "why" and "how" things are/work before starting a project:) thanks!

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    1. Booties sound soo sweet! I would love to see it.


      Congrats on your baby boy!! Hope you are doing well. Good question on the bias, Cutting on the bias will help when you tie the tie, the fabric will drape (for lack of a better word) better. Sometimes I don't cut on the bias if I don't have enough fabric and the tie still ends up just great.
      HOpe that helps!

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  152. I'll be using this tie for my son's 1st birthday pictures...and I'm going to make a regular (Big Man) size tie for my husband to match. I made them matching tie shirts for the day we brought our son home from the hospital - makes sense they have matching ties for his 1st birthday too!

    Thanks for the pattern...by the way, I used the fusible interface and it was a little too stiff to turn right side out easily (I had to use needle nose pliers) so next time I'm going to skip that step (I love being able to skip steps).

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    1. Happy 1st! A matching tie?? So cute. : )
      Too bad about the interfacing and the pliers. I have never had to bust out the tweezers or the pliers.. Sorry about that!
      I'm glad that you can skip a step and some money too (not having to buy the interfacing). Win win!

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  153. Thankyou so much, what a wonderful tutorial :) And thankyou to the person who suggested tweezers to help turn it out as I did have a slightly rough time but all good, I love the fact that the interfacing stiffens it up a bit :) Appliqued a cute little "1" on it and its all set for my nephew's first birthday.

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    1. Would love to see that! I'm a fan of the interfacing too, but I would say I'm in the minority. : )

      Happy first birthday to your nephew!

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