DIY Toddler Ties

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing

I know I’ve posted about making toddler ties before, but I just made another 10 for my boys and had to post again! They are so fast, probably about 20 minutes to make one, start to finish.

I used some Michael Miller Ta Dot fabric to make these three new ones just for Easter Sunday. Take that, frilly Easter dresses! Boys can be festive too!

These ties are seriously so easy and would make an excellent first sewing project if that’s where you are. I used this tutorial and her pattern (found on Pinterest) and it’s perfect.

I’ve tried a few different ways to finish the ties – the first time I did elastic and that worked pretty well for my baby but it was a little too tight going over the older boys heads, so this time I put velcro on the ends and attached it that way. I like elastic better, but the velcro works.

If you are going to try elastic, cut the white part that goes around the neck about 1″ away from the actual colored tie part and use elastic for the rest. You have to have as much elastic as possible so it will fit around their head but still be snug around their shirt collar.

Happy Monday!



1 Crystal Yancey March 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I guess now that I’m going to have a boy I will have to try these. They are so cute and so are the models. I’m so glad there are crafty girls like you in the world that share with those of us who are craft challenged.

2 Kelsey March 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Yes, your boy needs some ties! They are so easy and what’s even better is that they’re fast so they won’t become an unfinished project as easily, at least that’s how it is for me!

3 KellyS March 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Love these and am going to try and make some for my twins for Easter. Do you cut the pattern on the bias? I skimmed through the tutorial link, but I didn’t see that she did. SHe even said you could get away with 1/8 yd of fabric… so I assume she doesn’t cut on the bias. ?

4 Kelsey March 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

No, I just cut them however, and I didn’t cut the back and the front on the same grain line, and it seems to be fine. I washed and dried one to see if the grain would matter and it didn’t seem to. Let me know if you have a different experience!

5 Whitney A March 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I love these, they are so cute, and an easy way to get the colors you want. I’ve been looking for ties for my one year old and can’t fine any so I’m thinking this is the way to go,

6 Michelle April 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thank you so much for posting! I’m a little confused on how to add the elastic. Did you replace the fabric strip with the elastic completely and use the elastic to tie the tie?

7 Jenn McCullar September 22, 2012 at 5:12 am

I have 2 boys and these are so cute. Love the bright colors.

8 Milcah September 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I think these are so adorable. Love the idea that if I make them myself I can choose any color and design I want. I have four boys and these are totally ideal!

9 Diane Seymour September 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Where do I go to find and print pattern for infant neck ties??

10 Kelsey September 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm
11 Ashley December 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

Just a thought for next time, use the elastic but make it an in or so longer than you normally would. Cut the elastic in the back and sew a square of velcro (or maybe a snap?) onto the back so that you still get the snug fit from the elastic but you don’t have to worry if it will go around their head. I haven’t done it yet but I’m going to try and make a few of these for my son as a Christmas gift.

12 Trish March 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

These are so cute! It can be hard to find cute clothes for boys sometimes.

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