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Has Anyone made a Necktie?

Monkey1961 | Posted in General Discussion on

Good morning,

I was wondering if anyone in the group has made a necktie?  I read an article years ago in Threads by David Coffin, but misplaced it.  I have a pattern and some fabric that I think would be great, but have not been able to find the interfacing in the local stores – Any ideas?




  1. Jayne743 | | #1

    I have some of the interfacing and am in the midst of trying to find homes for my sewing supplies...... so give me your name & address & I shall send it to you.

    Happily, Jayne

    1. zuwena | | #3

      Hi Jayne,

      I'm in the midst of resuming sewing.  In addition to any extra tie interfacing let me know what other items you want adopted, maybe I can use some.  Contact me at [email protected]  thanks.  Z

      1. Jayne743 | | #4

        I shall do that! Can't right now, however.  Jayne

        1. zuwena | | #5

          Thanks.  No hurry.  I've got all the time that's left to me.  Z

  2. brianslady17 | | #2


    I have made LOTS of neckties for my husband. They're relatively easy to complete in about an hour. You can cut out several in one sitting and sew them up as you have time. They make great gifts for guys who dress up for work, church, or other events. And you can always customize a tie for a particular interest, hobby, or activity.

    I use Simplicity 9469. (The dress-shirt is another favorite for me, and I like the slacks as well) Some suggestions I'd like to offer:

    1) Make sure you really really cut the fabric on the bias, it will give your finshed tie more wear and ease.

    2) You should limit your fabric choice to wovens, preferably those with some "silkiness" to them. If you have a stiff, cottony fabric, it will be difficult to tie the knot in your tie.

    3) I use a ruler, or chopstick, or tailor's chalk, to mark the precise fold lines on the interior of the tie. That makes it more symmetrical.

    Good luck to you and I hope you enjoy your project.



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    dianna | | #6


    Ties are a lot of fun and also can be done completely by hand while you are in transit.  I think I've made at least a hundred in everything from silk to polyester (I do expect to run into that bad boy in a garage sale one day).  I have even done a Bart Simpson tie.

    My only suggestions would be:

    -interface the whole tie (end to end)

    -don't stick to only the 'safe' fabrics.  The remnant bin oftens has interesting possibilities, including pre-printed scarves, children's prints, border prints

    -don't forget about embellishments like piping, markers (find these more in an art store than in a fabric store), dyeing, piecing, and applicque.

    Have fun!


    1. ShannonG4d | | #7

      Check this out:


      These are instructions for making a necktie, including a safety loop!


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        dianna | | #8

        Thank you for the web site.  It has a slightly different process for sewing the lining, but is pretty straightforward (Coffin's article gets a little obscure about the seam allowances).  Will try this approach on the next one I cut. 

        I am in the process of re-organizing my fabric inventory (having just inherited a massive amount from my quilter mother-in-law).  Necktie fabrics turned out to be a major category, and I had several interesting fabrics I had forgotten (or mis-placed), including a bolt of interfacing that I found on the clearance rack. 

        Happy Thanksgiving and again, thanks.


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          Thimblefingers | | #9

          If I can't find the proper interfacing (not unusual when living in Northern Alberta), I have used a better quality flannelette which is not quite a good as the real thing but does quite a nice job anyway.

      2. WandaJ | | #10

        Hi Shannon, I toured the site that you recommended. I really enjoyed it.  Several years ago I relied upon tie-making for extra income. What I would recommend here is that cutting on the bias is of the utmost importance; and, for the interlining I used Armo-Weft as it is soft and malleable, and it provided the needed thickness. I cannot say it enough but it's bias, bias, bias, bias...

        Not only does the tie hang correctly on the bias, but it makes the tying of the knot come out like a dream, and there's nothing better than a well-fit sleeve than a man's knot in his tie! :->



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