A necktie is a long piece of fabric or cloth usually worn by men around their neck for its decorative purpose. It is popular among people who are working in offices or have corporate jobs. These days, the use of neckties is not only limited to adults or men, in particular. Now, even babies and toddlers start to use neckties. So, if you are down to learn on how to make a necktie for a baby, follow these easy to follow steps.
Making of the Necktie
Preparation of Materials
For this necktie, you’ll need the following materials:
- ¼ yard of pre-washed fabric (preferably cotton)
- ¼ yard of pre-washed lining fabric
- 3 ½ to 4 inches of sealable velcro, pins
- thread to match
- large safety pins
- ironing board
When you’re ready with your materials, you are now set to assemble and learn how to make a necktie for a baby.
Making of Paper Pattern
The first step in making the necktie is by making a paper pattern; basically, it is a replica of your necktie using paper as your medium, this will serve as your guide in sewing the necktie for later.
Sewing of the Necktie
First, pin and cut the tie pattern from the main fabric and the lining fabric after this put the pattern on the bias of the fabric to allow for some stretch. If you’re using interfacing, cut that out as well and iron it unto the main fabric piece. From your main fabric, you have to cut a 2 1/2 inch by 20-inch rectangle for the neckband. Set this aside, for it will be used later.
Next, grab your main fabric and lining fabric tie pieces. With right sides together, sew only the two v-shaped corners at each end of the tie using 1/4 inch seam allowance and clip the corners. Flip the tie so that the right side of the fabric is facing out and make sure the two ends are nice and pointy then iron the necktie. Fold the necktie lengthwise with the lining fabric facing out and line up all of the four layers of fabric, you can pin them together so it can be easier for you. Sew along the length of the necktie. Leave more than a 1/4 seam allowance here, but you have to make sure that you have sewn all four layers. After you have done this, iron the seam open, turn it to the right side out and iron it as well.
Now, you are almost done with the sewing part and one step closer in learning how to make a necktie for a baby. Take out the 2 ½ inches by 20-inch rectangle you have cut earlier and fold in half lengthwise put the right sides together and sew the length of the fabric. Turn the neckpiece right side out. Using your safety-pins, safety-pin one side of the fabric and then insert it through the fabric casing. Push the safety-pin through to the other end of the necktie and pulling the fabric as you go. Then, iron the seam at the bottom.
You will have to simply tuck in the two ends of the fabric into the casing of the neckpiece. I suggest that you have to fold a good 1/2- 1 inch into the casing. Next, pin the rough side of the velcro at one end of the neckpiece. Flip the neckpiece and pin the soft side of the velcro at the opposite end of the neckpiece. Remember that you have to make sure you have one piece of velcro pinned to the front, and one pinned to the back now sew the velcro unto the neckpiece.
Tying the Necktie
You’re now done sewing! The next step in learning how to make a necktie for a baby is the tricky part of tying the whole thing. Place the neckpiece above the tie, and the wide part should be on the right side. Put the wide part of the tie-up and behind the neckpiece and bring it down in front of the neckpiece. Tighten the necktie and make a knot on the middle part, and this is where you should check the length of the necktie and adjust the length of the necktie according to your preference. Take the narrow part of the necktie and bring it up behind the neckpiece and bring it down in front of the neckpiece. After this tighten the necktie by pulling it down and the neckpieces to tighten everything up. You can also sew a few stitches at the back to keep it in place. Know more about baby clothes.
Making a necktie for your baby is a fun way to spend your time and practice your stitching skills. Knowing how to make a necktie for a baby can be a convenient skill when you need to attend some fashionable event or when you’re simply showing the world your cute little baby. It may be intimidating at first, but it is really rewarding to finish the necktie, and see the final product on your toddler wearing the necktie you put your hard work on.