Learn how to make the easiest DIY baby tie by refashioning a men’s adult silk tie. It looks professional, but it’s really easy to sew!
This post has been updated since it was originally posted. I wish my boy was still this little!
I have been reading many, many tutorials for making little boy ties and they were all great, but took a lot of steps. They often used quilting cotton and didn’t look like a grown up men’s tie.
I knew there was an easier way, so I fiddled until I came up with the perfectly EASY DIY baby tie. It is just one short stitch on your machine and a couple of hand stitches.
When I first made this tie I wanted it to be really easy and that is why I used the elastic. You wouldn’t have to sew the elastic at all.
I noticed that sometimes the elastic wouldn’t be tight enough once the baby was wearing it, and the tie would hang down a little bit. If this will bother you, then create two bands and insert like the elastic. Sew velcro onto the ends to get it on and off.
I taught some friends with toddler boys last night, and here’s what they came up with. Aren’t they fun!?
Do you love to sew? Here are some fun sewing projects to try:
Easiest DIY baby Tie
- Men’s tie to refashion
- 1/4 or 1/2 inch elastic – here are some ideas for finding elastic to reuse
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Measure the width of your child’s shirt neck and cut the elastic that size. I cut mine to 10.5 inches. Cut the back end of the tie off at 7 inch (toddler size or cut 6 inch for infants).
Cut a middle piece 5.5 inch on one side and 3 inch on the other side (like a trapezoid). This will become the top knot.
Baste edges of the knot piece 1/8 inch from edge.
Line up elastic edge with the center of the knot edge and fold down.
Fold right sides together.
Fold both corners down matching raw edges.
Sew at a scant 3/8 inch down raw edge. Turn right side out.
Fold the top raw edges of the long part in to meet in the middle.
Slide the raw edge of the long piece into the knot from the bottom.
Hand sew the long piece inside the knot. Don’t sew the top edge of the front of the knot or else it’ll make it look weird.
Slip it on to see how it looks! You finished.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!