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Easiest DIY Baby Tie

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.

easy diy baby tie

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!?

easy diy baby tie

Do you love to sew? Here are some fun sewing projects to try:

easy diy baby tie

Easiest DIY baby Tie


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 back of tie to 7 inches

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.

cut another piece 6 inches wide

Baste edges of the knot piece 1/8 inch from edge.

baste diagonal edges closed

Line up elastic edge with the center of the knot edge and fold down.

cut elastic and fold together

Fold right sides together.

place cut edges in the diagonal seam of the knot

Fold both corners down matching raw edges.

fold one corner down to line up with bottom
fold the other corner down to line up with bottom

Sew at a scant 3/8 inch down raw edge. Turn right side out.

sew seam and turn right side out
the elastic will come out the back of the knot

Fold the top raw edges of the long part in to meet in the middle.

fold both edges of the top of the tie in to meet in the middle

Slide the raw edge of the long piece into the knot from the bottom.

slide the tie into the knot from the bottom
tie inside knot

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.

hand stitch the top of the knot closed and the tie enclosed inside
hand sew across the top

Slip it on to see how it looks! You finished.

the tie is done

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

easy diy baby tie

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What an incredibly sweet tutorial. Your love of sewing is infectious. I feel inspired to whip one of these adorable ties up too 🙂

This is an awesome tutorial thanks.

Thank you for figuring this out! Much, much easier than the tutorial I tried last Christmas. We'll see if we can work some up for this year.

So doing this for B!! Thanks:)

Ok, this is awesome. I have checked out all those other tie tutorials, but I just don't want to spend the time to make one. But this looks like something I could do. And since all the ties at the stores for little boys are clip on, which in my mind can't be comfortable, this is perfect!
Thanks for sharing!