Boys Neck Tie Tutorial + FREE Printable Tie Patterns

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Patterns,Sewing,Tutorials

I’ve posted a handful of times about these adorable boys neck ties I’ve been making by the handful but I have yet to do a full tutorial. Since I just drew up all my own neck tie patterns, a real, full-blown tutorial is in order.


  • iron
  • 1/8 yard fabric for tie front
  • 1/8 yard fabric for lining (I use solid white)
  • safety pin
  • tie pattern

1. Press the fabric – 1/8 yard is plenty to do one tie and a 1/4 yard will do several of different sizes.

2. Print and assemble the pattern – right now the patterns will open up in a Word document – don’t mess with anything! Print as is even though the margins will be outside the printable area. You won’t lose anything important, promise, and you don’t want to mess with the scale!

3. Cut off one of the pattern pages at the bold line – I cut the page on the right so now I can lay it on top of the page on the left and tape down…

…like so. Measure that little reference square just to be sure you didn’t change the scale. Should be 1 1/4″ square.

4. I drew all the patterns to be placed on the fold – this is a much more accurate way to get a completely symmetrical tie. So place the pattern on the fold, throw some pattern weights down and cut 1 of main fabric, 1 of lining fabric.

(I’m noticing my rotary mat is getting pretty janky. Sorry you have to see it inĀ every single picture.)

5. Lay the tie front piece face down on the lining piece and sew 1/4″ seams right where those pink lines are drawn.

6. Trim the very tip of the corner and grade it down a bit.

7. Flip the tie right side out and press.

(Janky mat again. Gross!)

8. Match up the long outside edges of the tie – fold so the tie front is touching right sides together on the inside and sew a 1/4″ seam.

9. Start with the wide end first and backstitch at both ends.

9. Pin a safety pin to the skinny end and flip it right side out.

10. Press and finished!

The last step is to make some kind of neck band to tie the tie to. I’ve used everything pictured above but my two favorites are the buttonhole elastic and the cotton twill tape – both require almost no sewing.

I use the buttonhole elastic for my baby’s ties – I’ve sewn a button to the center back of his white church shirts underneath the collar. Then I tie the tie to the elastic and loop the buttonholes on either end to the button on the back of his shirt. It’s super easy and he can’t tear it off.

For older boys I love using cotton twill tape. I get out their white shirts and measure from the center front where the tie will be all the way around the neck back to that point on the other side to determine the length of the neck band. Then finish the ends and sew velcro to them and that’s it!

The last step is tying the tie on to the neck band. Click here for a photo demonstration.

Each tie takes maybe 15 minutes to make and they use such a small amount of fabric. I can’t get enough!!!



1 Michelle September 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

I am so excited to make some for my boys. Can you please update the click here link for the photo demonstration on how to tie the neck band?

2 Janice September 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

Umm…there’s no link for the knot demonstration…

3 Kelsey September 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm

THe link is live now – sorry about that!

4 Sandra November 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Super excited! I don’t have boys but my friend asked if I can make her one. Found your site and your tutorial looks amazingly easy! I’m gonna give it a shot, thank you. Oh and thank you for the pattern.

5 Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I just made three of these, and they are just adorable! I haven’t connected the elastic or velcro yet; I’m not sure how long to make the fabric or elastic. I have a 6.5-month old daughter and may try one around her neck for sizing; I’m afraid of making the elastic too tight for a baby boy.

6 Kelsey Norwood December 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Measuring your daughter should work just fine! I usually measure around the collar of a shirt so there’s plenty of extra room and it doesn’t end up tighter than the actual shirt collar.

7 Laurel March 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Where did you find button hole elastic? Or did you make it yourself?


Laurel in MN

8 Kelsey Norwood April 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I bought it at Hobby Lobby – I think you can find it online at and too.

9 Louise April 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

This is such a wonderful how-to for toddler ties. It would have been helpful if you had placed the pieces straight on the cutting board so we could see the measurments. Thanks for this tutorial.

10 brandy August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

I love this tutorial! I have everything made except the elastic and it was really easy to do! One question though….could someone give me an approximate neck size for infants? I am making this for a friend who hasn’t had the baby yet so I have no one to measure. Thanks!! :)

11 Pearl October 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Thanks for sharing. I am going to enjoy making these ties for my boys.

12 LAVAUN November 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

Thanks for the great pattern- I am using it to decorate my missionary son’s Christmas stocking. So easy! Thank you!!

13 Rina Steyn - Suid-Afrika. November 15, 2014 at 1:05 am

I love this. Nou that I have 3 little ones in the form of grandsons this can be graet.

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