Toddler Neck Tie Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

I needed a photo for the cover of my blog book – I print our family blog a year at a time through Blurb and as I was putting it together over the last two weeks (part of the reason I’ve been MIA…it takes forever!) I realized I didn’t have a good family picture with Linus.

So I had decided to have just a picture of the boys on the cover for 2011. And I’ve been dying to make them coordinating ties, so…now was the time!

I think all those fabrics are from the Zoology line by Robert Kaufman, and the ties were so easy to make. I used this tutorial/pattern I found on Pinterest (where else!). The pattern from the tutorial is perfect for my almost 3yo Gus, and I adjusted it a little for Elliot and Linus.

The pattern that I linked to is a tie that measures 17.5″ long. I lengthened Elliot’s to 21″ and shortened Linus’s to 16″ and that was perfect as long as you tie it so there’s a pretty short tail on the back.

The tutorial is really good and these ties are so easy to make – just a few simple seams and that’s it. I have gobs of fabric I can’t wait to turn into more ties! We can really never have too many what with going to church every single Sunday!

I used elastic to close the gap – make sure you use as much elastic as possible (by cutting the neck pieces as close to the tie portion as possible), otherwise they’re tough to get over a head. Even a small head. The center tie (in the pic above) is the best. Gus’s little tie squeezes his poor little face all the way down. I know better now for next time…

Be sure to prewash your fabric (I didn’t for these and I’m nervous…they’re bound to get dirty SOON and they might just be ruined in the wash from shrinkage…).

Whew! So glad that my book is finished and ordered. Now I can go make some more ties…



1 Jenn February 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Just a thought on the little tie – I haven’t tried using a snap yet on elastic but I know they do button holes on them for adjustable waist pants so what if you did something like that so you still had the elastic for stretch but had a way to close it/open it instead of putting it over his head (since I am assuming it fits well around the neck) – just an idea, they’re really cute.

2 Kelsey February 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

That’s a good idea – I’m going to try a few different things on the next batch of ties. Will update with my results…

3 Kim February 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Cute ties. I love the material. I made some similar ties recently and sewed a 1/4 to 1/2 inch piece of velcro onto the elastic at the back of the neck. It is so easy to get on and off.

4 Donna Y February 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

How’d you get it to lay flat against your boys? The one I just made wants to stick out Let’s say this straight line is the front of my boy and the slanted line is the tie sticking out!! |\

5 Jenna May 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Donna – if you cut the fabric on the bias it should lay flat, you use up more material that way though. Definitely going to make these with a snap to do them up instead of elastic :)

6 Linda June 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

You must make these with a way for them to “break away” like a bib (Velcro or something). If not, they become a strangle hazard around the neck and could choke if they got caught on something. Please be careful of what you put around a child’s neck when they aren’t in a high chair and closely watched!

7 p November 29, 2012 at 12:46 am

These look cute… but what about the choking/strangulation hazard? I suppose one way around would be to have a velcro fastener ..? Or minimise the noose-like neck part of the tie.

8 Kelsey Norwood November 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

I only did elastic for my baby because he would pull it off otherwise. It does stretch, so I don’t worry too much about it – their shirt is tighter than the tie and I just keep an eye on him. I use velcro for my older boys.

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