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Molly's Sketchbook: Little Boy's Tie 

This little boy's Easter tie is quick but very well made and will brighten any Easter outfit. The tie is sewn almost entirely by hand, so if you don't have a machine its easy to finish without one.


Cut Front and Back Tie

Cut the 27-inch x 54-inch piece of Tana Lawn in half length-wise to create two 27-inch squares.

Take one of these squares and fold it in half diagonally as shown above and press it. This diagonal line is the bias fold.

Place your Front Tie template piece along the diagonal fold where indicated on the template and pin. Make sure that the fabric print is oriented in the correct way, it is hard to tell from this picture but the cars are right side up.

Cut out the Front Tie piece.

Cut Front Tie Lining and Back Tie Lining

Using the second 27-inch Tana Lawn square cut out the Back Tie in the same manner as above, along the bias fold.

Cut a 9-inch square of Muslin, fold it in half diagonally and press it. Place both the Front Tie Lining and the Back Tie Lining templates on the muslin, being sure to place the correct edge of the template along the fold as indicated on the template.

Cut Front Tie Interfacing and Back Tie Interfacing

From the Sew in Stabilizer interfacing, cut the Front Tie Interface and the Back Tie Interface pieces. Because the stabilizer is not woven you don't need to worry about cutting it on the bias.

Prepare to Sew Tie

Open up your pieces, you will have:

  • 1 Front Tie Piece
  • 1 Back Tie Piece
  • 1 Front Tie Lining
  • 1 Back Tie Lining
  • 1 Front Tie Interfacing
  • 1 Back Tie Interfacing

Do not iron these pieces flat. You will need their middle markings for reference later.

Front and Back Lining

From the Front Tie Lining, fold the bottom tip up 1/4-inch and press it.

Fold the bottom sides of the lining in 1/4-inch each and press them into place. This will form a neat point at the bottom angle of the lining.

Repeat this step for the Back Lining.

Fold the bottom edges of the Front tie in 1/4 and press them into place.

Fold the tip up 1/4-inch press it, and then fold in the sides to a neat point and press it again, as you did above with the lining pieces.

Repeat this step for the Back Tie.

Place the Front Lining on top of the Front Tie end, wrong sides together. Make sure that the lining is contained within the borders of the end of the tie as shown above. It should be a little bit smaller than the tie end.

Pin the Lining in place

Sew the folded edges of the lining onto the tie end with a slip stitch. Sew only through the folded layer of the Tana Lawn- Do not sew though to the front of the tie. This is very similar to sewing on the binding of a quilt.

Please click here if you need a more in depth explanation of slip stitch.

It's not necessary to sew the top of the lining, it will get enclosed within in the shaping of the tie.

Repeat the same steps to sew on the Back Lining.

Sew the Halves Together

Place the square end of the Back Tie piece on top of and perpendicular to the square end of the Front Tie piece, right sides together, to form a right angle as shown above. Do the same for the interfacing pieces. Draw a diagonal line from right to left across this intersection, as pictured above in yellow. This will be your seam line.

Sew the fronts and backs together along the seam line.

Trim off the excess fabric to 1/4-inch.

Press the seam open. It will be practically invisible on the right side since the print has so much going on!

Shaping the Tie

Fold in edges of the long sides 1/4-inch and press into place.

Fold again 1/4-inch and press.

Fold both edges in so they meet at the crease in the center of the tie and press.

Open up the sides and slip your interfacing in as pictured above. It should fit snugly inside the tie.

Now it's time to close up the tie. Refold the edges, press them again and pin into place.

Sew Tie

The inside seam of your tie will be sewn by hand. 

Please Note:  I used red thread for the following steps, but only so the technique would be more visible. At home you should use thread that matches your fabric.

Tack the point where the two edges meet a few times before you start your seam.

The tie is sewn up with a different type of slip stitch than was used for sewing the lining:

  • Start from the tack run your needle through the fold on the left side and come out about 1/2-inch above.
  • Insert your needle directly across from where you came out into the right side and slide it up though the fold for a 1/2-inch.
  • Then enter the left side directly across from where you exited the right side.
  • Repeat

Once you do this a few times you will have a little ladder of stitches as shown above.

  • Pull the stitches taut and they will almost disappear.

  • When you get to the end of your length of thread take a couple of tacking stitches but this time sew though the interfacing as well, while making sure not to sew though to the front of the tie, which will hold the interfacing in place.

Sew the entire inside seam of the tie in this way.

Once you're done, press the tie thoroughly to get rid of the middle seam and you'll be finished!  Enjoy! --Molly

Reader Comments (98)

I finished my first tie last night and it turned out really well. It was easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for the pattern! I'll definitely be using this again for my two little boys.
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
Thank you very much for all these explanations. I have used your tutorial to sew ties for my little boys for my brother in law wedding.
You can see them here :
March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYokoflo
I just made these for my boys and love how easy they are! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pattern.
April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
I'm a new follower.....I love this! Great idea, and excellent job!!!! Thanks for sharing
July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Sassy Crafter
How do I make this for a "big and tall" man?
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I made one of these ties yesterday, and it turned out gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to make the pattern! I do have one question, though. Is there a reason the interfacing is inches shorter than the tie itself? I adjusted mine to be as long as the tie. Is it not supposed to go into the lining?
September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLyn
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I made it for my son and my husband liked it so much he asked me to make him one! Check it out...
October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMomma
Thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial! I can never find appropriately sized ties for my 5 and 8 year old. This pattern was perfect exactly as printed, and if I had had all of my ducks in a row, definitely achievable in an hour!
October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacieB
Thanks so much for offering this tutorial online! I have a five-year-old son who is intent on wearing a tie for picture day, a tight budget, and a ton of unused fabrics...he'll love being able to pick out the fabric for his own custom tie!
October 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjenny
WOW! I am a novice seamstress who found out this morning that my Kindergarter needs a tie tomrrow for school to celebrate staying drug free--I had a scrap of green ghost fabric laying around and found your pattern--wa la! It turned out GREAT! Very nice pattern and great pics to keep me on track!!! Thank you so much for saving the day!!!! I will visit your site in the future for more great ideas!
October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTam
I also just finished one for picture day! I had a massive amount of guilt for making his sister a dress, but I didn't really want to make him a shirt and didn't have time to knit a vest by Monday. Enter your tie pattern!
November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWanett
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I just wanted to let you know that I featured you on ParentsConnect!

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Thank you!

I cannot get the template to view or print for the little boy's tie. Any suggestions? Thanks
February 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathy
This is such a darling idea! I'm so glad I stumbled on it, nearly two years later. I've spent the last thirty minutes looking at the comments and clicking links to see what others did with this darling tie. I think I see personalized Father/Son ties for my son and son-in-law and their respective boys, for this Father's Day! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise :)
Hi Kathy-

Sorry to hear you're having problems downloading the template. You might want to update Adobe Reader which you can do here:

If that doesn't work you might want to try downloading it from another computer.

Keep us posted. Thank you- Molly
February 14, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This one is really cute and creative. I might also try to make a handmade tie for my son. I remember I have a lot of white ties which can be recycled into new ones. I just need to find time to do it and to think of something that can be added to make a simples design. Or maybe I should have it knitted instead.
March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCliff Spears
hello! attempting the tie tonight. for the people who are having trouble printing blank pages i have a suggestion. this happened to me then i went into the "options" on my printer settings and chose "greyscale" & "use black print cartridge only" -- i didn't have any colored ink in my printer so it wasn't printing anything because the pattern is colored. hope that helps!
April 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteradia
Thank you so much for this pattern. I just made two ties for two of my boys for Easter. (Here's a link to a picture if you're interested: )

The only problem I had was that the lining pattern piece was too short. Once I added 1 1/4 inches to each half, the whole thing worked like a dream.

I can see many, many more ties for boys around here!
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I'm sorry, but I can't find any place that tells how to get the template downloaded! Help! I need to make 3 ties for our grandsons for an August 15th wedding!
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJhy
Hi Jhy-

The template is linked in the Materials section of this story. We have also sent it to you via email so be on the lookout, Thanks!
July 7, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this! I have been searching and searching for a template for a little boy's tie. They are so expensive to buy at the store! I got some fabric from a discount bin and can't wait to get started! I'm not quite sure how to do a slip stitch, so I think I'll practice before I try it on the tie! And thank you for the response comment about reducing the pattern on the printer to get a smaller size. I would NOT have thought of that! :)
August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
This method of construction is SO much easier than the commercial pattern that I have tried in the past. It may be more hand sewing and folding and pressing, but it comes together so much nicer in the end. Great job, ladies!
September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkriste
What a wonderful pattern and tutorial. I have made other tie patterns and none have turned out as 'perfect' as this. Thank you.
November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbe
Is there any way to purchase rights to make and sell these ties? I've made some for my boys and have received so many compliments. I would really love to add them to my Etsy shop.
December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Hi Melissa-

Thank you for your kind words about this pattern. Unfortunately all of our patterns are for personal use only so they can't be sold but thank you for your interest.


December 21, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! you can find our ties here:
thanks for your great tutorial!!
January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteryolanda
I linked back to this post today! I made my son a tie for Valentine's Day pictures. Thanks so much for a great tutorial!!
February 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
I made the cutest honey bee tie for my 9 year old grandson. He will love it. It came out perfect. Thank you so much!!!
March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam Davidson
Thank you for this! I made my 4yo son an Easter tie today using this pattern. It is perfect! Do you have a Facebook fan page? I looked but didn't find one. Thank you again!!
March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandi
Hi Candi-

We do have a Facebook page, thanks for asking! Here it is:

Thanks for writing in!

April 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you so much for the tutorial and pattern! This came together so quickly I made two in one evening.
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertripletmommaof6
Thanks so much for making this pattern and tutorial. I made a grey satin one for my 8 year old son for his First Eucharist. It turned out great!
April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
Your tutorial is absolutely wonderful!
I am not sure about the sizing though, I would like to make a tie for a 2 year old. I couldn't seem to see the size range for this pattern. Do I need to reduce the percentage of the print out for a size 3.
Thank you,
July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Thanks for a great tutorial! I have made one of these already and will be making another one tonight.
October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally
This year I got ambitious. I have seven friends who had children who started kindergarten this year. Six of the friends have girls, and I decided to sew skirts for all six, using the same pattern, but different materials. I didn't want to leave the little boy out, so decided to make him a little-man tie. This will be a total surprise to six of the moms -- I only told one of the little girl's moms.
So, thank you so much for the tutorial for the little-man tie.
November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
Thank you for this brilliant and incredibly clear tutorial, this is so motivating that I am making one tomorrow morning first thing!
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjulia
Wow - beautiful instructions. I can not wait to try these out. Thanx for the tutorial:)
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMable Burt
Do you know how much smaller I would need to make it to fit a 1 year old?
October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMehnaz
Hi Mehnaz-

We don't recommend that you make this for a baby. Usually neck ties for babies are clip on or snap on because of the risk of strangulation.

Thanks for your question!

October 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly I made the tie! Love it. It was a great learning experience. I am so excited that I made a tie!!!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial. Here is a link to my blog where you can see the pics. Thanks, Linda
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
I don't know if I've commented before - but I found this pattern a few years ago and have come back to it every year to make a Christmas tie for my son. I just had to make sure I said thanks this year in case I haven't before :)
November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

I found a link to this tie on Pinterest and I just fell in love with it!! It looks adorable!
I have two questions for you though:
1- What age group do you think your tie fits? I will be making one for my son next Summer, he will then be the size of a 2,5yo toddler...

2- Would you by any chance know the reference of the fabric? I have found some blue cars Tana Lawn, but they don't look as blue as yours...

Thanks in advance for your help.
December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFred
I am so~in~love with this little boy's tie pattern!! I would just love to make one for Valentine's Day for my Grandson, Jack. I've been attempting for two days to print out the pdf and I am not having success. Do you have any ideas or recommendations for me?! I L-O-V-E everything you share with us here---amazing and wonderful and super nice! Sending you warm love from up here in Middlebury, Vermont!! xo
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Deverell
Hi Mary Ann-

What is the problem exactly? Can you see the PDF when you click on it? If not you might try opening it from a different web browser. If that doesn't work let me know and I can email you a copy of the PDF.

If you can see the PDF and it's just not printing then I'm not sure what to suggest. You might need to go to Kinkos (or someplace like it) to get it printed out for you.

Thanks for getting in touch!

January 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks for the perfect pattern and instructions.

I am a school librarian and one of my students is giving a speech to the library association on a children's book.

He wants to dress up and I thought I'd make him a tie with images of the book's character. Fabric isn't available so I'll be printing my own fabric using a computer printer and transfers and then make the tie out of that. He'll have a truly one of a kind memento of his big moment.

He is 9 years old so I'm not sure how well this pattern will fit him. I think I'm going to have to make it bigger. He is bigger than a five year old.
January 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermlaiuppa
Dear Molly!

Just wanted to tell you that I was able to finally print out your sweet pattern! Thank you for getting back to me. And huge thanks for sharing your pattern!
January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Deverell
I have made this tie for my grandson twice and I love it!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Thanks so much for this pattern! I saw it years ago, and saved the link, but just made one this weekend for Easter! While it definitely took a bit of time to do all the hand sewing, it turned out great! I added a bar in the back of the tie to keep the smaller end from swinging free, it worked great!

I used quilting cotton for the tie, and used a light weight iron on interfacing instead of sew-in, so that it wouldn't bunch if I ever had to wash it (being little boy's tie and all!). I am glad that I did that, as it has already been wadded up! It was easy to iron it flat again though, so it was fine in the end!

I will say that I love the double Windsor knot, but this tie was too short to do it with for my almost 7 year old. I could only do a single knot. I will be making this again, however, and am so glad that you also have a father's (adult) tie pattern as well!
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

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