DIY Skinny Ties

Need a last minute Father’s Day gift that is really cheap (free)?  Skinny Ties to the rescue.  I recently came into possession of a bag of old ties.  The patterns weren’t terrific but I thought I could use them as testers to make my own skinny ties.  You could also pick some up from the thrift store or raid your husbands stash – at your own risk :). I followed this tutorial from Design Mom.  I was kind of impatient and didn’t iron them as good as I should have.  The iron is constantly on my most disliked household responsibility list. It is ahead of cleaning the toilet.

The blue stripped tie ended up being about 1 3/4 inches at the widest part of the bottom and the olive greenish one and the red polka dot one ended up being about 2 1/2 inches at their widest parts.  My favorite one is the red one but that could just be because I like the print the best.   One thing that helped me when following the instructions is after step 5, before I tucked the form back into the lining, I folded the sides over the exposed form and ironed it to better see where the fold line should be.

This is also a great way to used ties that have stains on them (if the stains are on the sides and not the middle center).  The blue stripped one was one such tie.

Plus I learned how to tie a tie! I can’t believe I never have before. It was so easy that I kind of felt silly after I learned. Why did I think it was so tricky?

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  1. Love it! Great idea!!!

  2. My husband is gonna love this! Come make yourself a skirt for Father’s Day!

  3. Do they make your husband’stomachs look smaller? Come and share this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would be a nice addition to the party!

  4. My husband only (always!) stains the middle of his ties. I would never have thought to do this! I will keep this in mind when I look at ties in second hand shops. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just saw this on craftgawker – great idea. I’ve been feeling rather grumpy towards the boyfriend lately so maybe this is the solution… he’ll come back from a gig to find that I’ve practiced some sewing skills on his ties 🙂


  6. Thanks for sharing this @ WorkShop Wednesday! Can’t wait to see what you are up to this week!

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