Sew a Baby Necktie

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by Christina Dennis

Little neckties are so cute on babies and toddlers! They’re such a fun way to dress up a plain white tee or shirt with a pop of colour and whimsy. This tie design features a velcro neckpiece that can be adjusted as Baby grows from 6 months to 3 years and over. Here’s how to make one for your little guy:

Materials:

  • 1/4 yard of cotton quilting fabric
  • 1″ wide velcro

(My favourite place to buy cute fabric for projects like this is Fabric.com.)

Directions:

Download our PDF pattern: The DIY Mommy – Little Guy Necktie A and The DIY Mommy – Little Guy Necktie B. (For personal use only.) Tape/glue the two pages together, meeting the ends of the pattern lines exactly together.

Cut TWO of each pattern piece. Sew Tie Piece 1 and Tie Piece 2 together using a QUARTER INCH SEAM at the two short ends. Repeat with second pieces of Tie Pieces 1 and 2. Sew neck pieces together on long ends and one short end, leaving one short end open for turning.

Press seam on two main tie pieces open. With right sides together, sew the two large tie pieces together using a quarter inch seam. Leave a 2 inch opening along the side for turning. Clip the corners (this makes the corners less bulky when you turn & press them.)

Turn both the neck piece and tie piece right-side-out. Press. On the unsewn edge of the neck piece, turn the raw edges in 1/4″ and press.

Sew the end of the neck piece and the open hole of the tie piece closed using a topstitch that’s 1/8″ to 1/4″ from the edge.

Cut a piece of velcro approximately 2″ long. Sew one side to the end of the neck piece and the other side to the opposite end and opposite side of the neck piece.

To assemble the tie, use the diagram below to tie the main piece onto the strap. The piece can be removed for washing and re-assembled!

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83 Comments

  1. Hi. I have a macbook pro and I am unable to read the pattern when I download it.. is there a version for macs too?

  2. Hi Stephanie. Just wanted to say ‘thanks heaps’ for the pattern and instructions!! I just finished a little dinosaur tie for my little 5 month old – he is going to be the most handsome man at the wedding we are attending in December!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again! Anna.

  3. Thank you for this pattern and tutorial. I have been looking for an easy neck tie for over a year and this is just what I wanted. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I am really excited about trying this out. I am trying to make him something cute for his 1st Birthday,next month, and I think this will be great. I will let you know how it turns out, going to try this weekend. FYI I have no sewing skills. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. How could I make this for my 5 year old? I am wanting to make him and my husband matching ties for the blessing of our marriage at church and cannot seem to find an easily removable tie (like with your velcro) in my sons size…Thanks for any suggestions!

    1. Hi Mallorie! For a 5 year old, I’d add about 2″ to the length of the tie and 1″ to the neck strap. I’m considering making a sized version of this pattern, so I’ll let you know if I do. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi Christina,

    Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial! I wonder if it can be made using cotton knit rather than woven? Should I stabilize it with a hidden layer of woven cotton? Thanks in advance!

    Chrissy

  7. Hi Chrissy – I think you could certainly make this tie with a knit fabric. If you want to make sure it has a crisp look and lays flat, lining it with a woven fabric or some interfacing would be smart. If you don’t mind a more floppy & casual look it wouldn’t be neccessary!

  8. I just made these with a friend, they turned out so cute I got lots of compliments on it. It was the very first thing I have sewn in 10 years!

    1. Wow, I’m so glad you had fun making this after a 10 year sewing break, Bryanna! Thanks so much for your comment and hopefully there will be lots more sewing in your future!

  9. love this and looks so simple! i want to make one for my 5 yo. i’m new at sewing. would i need a different size pattern? if so do you have one? thanks so much!

    1. Hi Kelly! For a 5 year old, Iโ€™d add about 2โ€ณ to the length of the tie and 1โ€ณ to the neck strap. Iโ€™m considering making a sized version of this pattern, so Iโ€™ll post here if I do. Thanks so much for visiting!

      1. thank you so much! my guy is obsessed with ties, so i can’t wait to make him a few. hopefully i’ll get one done for Easter :o)

  10. Hi thanks for the tutorial
    When I printed off the pattern it looks very big
    Is there a measurement that I can check to be sure that it is the right size
    Thanks
    Pam

  11. Thank you! I’m not a sewer but needed something for my little guy to match his twin sister’s birthday dress. I hand sewed this and it turned out great. Cheers!

  12. My rottweiler needed a tie for my wedding. This pattern was perfect for him and now he’ll match the groomsmen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I want to make one of these sooo bad! I also have a Mac and I do have Adobe Reader and have never had trouble with PDFs, but for some reason this only shows up as incomplete pieces… do you think there’s a way you can email me the pdf file and see if it will work?

    1. nevermind….. looking at it now, when my baby isn’t fussing, I realized there are 2 pages… haha.

  14. How long is the finished tie before tying around the neck band.
    I am not sure the PDF printed in the correct size……
    thanks

  15. Thanks so much for the pattern! I just made our 13-month-old a little red satin neck tie and pocket square to go with his little suit, and the tie turned out perfectly thanks to your pattern and instructions! Now he’ll coordinate with my bridesmaid dress and my husband’s groomsmen attire for my brother’s wedding in September! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I’m so glad you posted this! One of Calvin’s ties from The Children’s Place fell apart over a year ago, and I have never been able to figure out how to tie the knot properly so that I could fix it. It turns out that their tie construction is identical to this pattern! Tie = fixed. =D

  17. Excited to make this for my grandson! Wondering if you have a link to purchase these awesome fabrics. I can’t find anything close to yours locally.

  18. Umm, Help! This doesn’t work. I cut and sewed according to the pattern and as instructed, and it’s WAY too narrow (the neck piece and the narrower part of the tie are way too narrow) to turn right side out once it’s sewn. It seems that either the seam needs to be less than 1/4 inch, or the pieces need to be cut wider. What should I do here?? Can someone help me out? I don’t know how it’s possible that I’m the only person who has had this issue with this… What am I doing wrong? Am I supposed to cut the pieces out bigger than the actual pattern?? I am new to sewing.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Hayley! Did your printer shrink the pattern? Sometimes printers will do that with PDF’s. Make sure that when you print the pattern, you don’t choose the “shrink to fit page option”. The PDF should be printed at full size. Maybe that’s the problem?

      1. Hmmm… I’m thinking maybe this just isn’t compatible with my Mac. It prints the same way no matter what I do.

  19. Thank you so much! I lost my sons necktie and we need it for pictures tomorrow. I was able to whip one up in an hour and a half with some scraps I had. The best part is this was my first sewing project using a pattern and it turned out cuter than the tie I’d lost!

  20. Thank you for sharing this pattern! It is the most sensible, cutest one I have found. I have 23 grandsons I plan to make ties and shirts for for Christmas. This lets me get a good start on them.

  21. Making matching ties for my husband and 6 month old for Father’s day. He’s going to love it!

  22. Made 2 of these today (one for a friend’s son) for our boys dedication outfits. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find a decent priced white tie so I made them with white fabric with little white crosses on it clearanced from Easter. They are so cute and I can’t wait for my son to be born so he can wear it (I did alter my sons a little bit since he will be smaller then 6 months when he wears it.)

  23. This is an AMAZING project! I don’t have access to a sewing machine, but I used liquid fabric glue and it looks SO CUTE! I can’t wait to make some more. The hardest part was turning the tubes of fabric right side out after things were “sewn” together.

  24. Thank you, so much for this free tie pattern. I’ve got to make a tie for my great grandson. My granddaughter wanted it out of a certain fabric, for pictures that she’s having made for his first birthday. She’s going to be so happy now, too. Thank you, again. I will be back to your site!

  25. I just made this ADORABLE little tie with shamrock material for St. Patricks Day! So much easier than I thought it’d be and now — I want to MAKE ALL THE TIES!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I look forward to using it to make for my son’s first birthday cake smash! On a side note, do you remember where you purchased that teal/aqua blue circle fabric shown in first picture on this post far right tie? I love it!

    Thanks again!

  27. Awesome pattern. I decided to attach piece 1 & 2 together then I can decide where to piece it, or Hoyt, depending on the size of fabric I have. So quick and easy and first tie I’ve ever tied. Pretty sad as I’m a grandma already. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  28. Thank goodness i found your tutorial on time ?
    Can’t wait to make this for my littlest one for christmas ?
    Thanks

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