Friday, August 12, 2011

Ruffle Necktie Tee Tutorial

*As seen on CRAFT MAGAZINE*







{Ruffle Necktie Tee Tutorial}

Here's what you'll need...

tee {mine was Forever 21- $1.50, or use one on hand}
tie {thrifted- $2 or use your hubby's old tie!}
button {on hand}
your trusty sewing machine
needle & thread

i hate pinning, so i didn't do it! {i know there are some of you that are shaking your head...go ahead & pin if you'd like!} just wing it! it's funner that way ;)

{1} starting with the left side of the neckline & the small end of the tie. lay tie on top of neckline & start sewing straight.

{2} you will continue sewing a straight line on the left side of the neckline & on the back of the neckline.

{3} STOP when you get to the seam on the top right shoulder.

{4} to make ruffles: fold tie upward & sew on top. continue folding & sewing so it looks like this...

see! ruffles already :)

pretty sure my sewing machine was hating me by the time this was over! it takes a lot of work for my poor $60 sewing machine to make it over all those thick ruffles :)
maybe you could try a jean needle.  it's made for heavy duty sewing, that might make your sewing machine happier.

{5} when you get close to the end, just lay the end of the tie flat. continue sewing until you meet up with the beginning stitch on the left side. {you will want to turn your sewing needle to meet up so it will create a "V"}

the bottom part of your tie will not be attached to the shirt, so it will want to flap like this.

{6} grab that cute button & hand sew it to your shirt.

And you're DONE!!
So easy & stylish!
*I hope these directions made sense. You never know if what makes sense to you in your brain makes sense to others. If you have any questions let me know!

---> I have had a lot of questions on laundering & honestly I haven't washed mine yet (someone ended up wanting to buy both!) This is what a sweet reader said....
"I used to work dry cleaning, and if it's polyester, you'll be fine in general, BUT if it's silk, you might consider washing on delicate with Dawn soap, which is really mild and works well with a lot of hand washables. (except wool... but how many ties are wool?) Cotton is fine, of course. The main reason they want you to dry clean ties is because they can lose their shape when washed, and make the pointed ends all wonky. But, since you're tacking down one end and stitching down the other.... I don't think it'll lose its shape so much."

Thanks Carolina! I hope that helps with your washing questions.


I loved doing this, I had to make another....





I'd love to see your tees if you decide to make one!
Email me a pic of your tees at: mckellscloset@gmail.com


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53 comments:

  1. McKell, you are so clever! These are really cute - I think I'll make some as Christmas gifts.

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  2. Great idea! I may have to have you make one for me.

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  3. Are you kidding me???!!! Adorable and one I can totally handle:)

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  4. This is great and adorable! I must make one!!!

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  5. That's a really cute idea!! And I'm glad you don't pin- it makes crafting a little more dangerous and exciting. :)

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  6. These are so cute. Love them!

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  7. I heart your project! I can't wait to make one. Quick question - have you washed them yet? Do the ties do okay in the wash? I thought most ties were dryclean only. :(

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  8. What a cute and easy Idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing!! And I also was wondering about the washing factor...

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  9. This is a wonderful idea!! I am making one ASAP!!! Thanks!

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  10. genius :) thanks for sharing....now i'll have a great way to keep a couple of my dad's ties that hold memories :)

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  11. Oh my gosh! This is such a great idea to turn a tshirt into a shirt you can wear to work! I'm definitely going to try this out!

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  12. Oh my - when my youngest brother died I snagged all his ties, most of them were from World Wildlife Fund. What a wonderful way of being able to wear them - thank you for the inspiration & instruction.

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  13. I used to work dry cleaning, and if it's polyester, you'll be fine in general, BUT if it's silk, you might consider washing on delicate with Dawn soap, which is really mild and works well with a lot of hand washables. (except wool... but how many ties are wool?) Cotton if fine, of course. The main reason they want you to dry clean ties is because they can lose their shape when washed, and make the pointed ends all wonky. But, since you're tacking down one end and stitching down the other.... I'm not totally sure, but I don't think it'll lose its shape so much? If you were really really nervous about it, or your tie was a really soft fabric that might wad up int he wash, you could run a running stitch down both edges of the tie before sewing it on. Then it would be seamed together on the edges and not be able to unfold itself or wad up on the inside?

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    1. But don't a lot of ties have wool for the interfacing? I have taken one or two apart over the years, and I thought that was wool inside. Perhaps folks could experiment with a practice shirt and stripping out the stiff interfacing. Certainly, many sewing machines would be grateful.

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  14. Thank you so much, Carolina - that's great info!

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  15. Agreed, THANK YOU CAROLINA! You are so sweet to post that info :) I was actually researching a lot to see how to wash them, so that is super helpful.

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  16. Very cute idea. I've got a tee or two that will be prefect. Now I just need some ties!

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  17. LOVE this idea! They look like SUCH cute shirts, so chic now!!!

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  18. This is totally adorable! Thank you for sharing, I'll have to give this a try!

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  19. cool idea! I will try this tute with some ties which my husband doesn´t want anymore. Thanks

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  20. Oooh, this is so clever! Thanks for sharing this great way of upcycling old ties. :)

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  21. VERY cute! I can't wait to try this with some of my hubby's old ties.

    I'm your newest follower! Come check out our blog if you get the chance! www.yellowmedaisy.com

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  22. Adorable! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Such a cute idea. I would LOVE for you to link this up to this week's DIY Diva Thursdays...a party just for fashion :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  23. love this so cute. new follower...would love a follow back. can't wait to see more of your blog.

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  24. has anyone by any chance done this by hand? i would imagine it's just a little more time consuming, but just wondering if anyone tried! thanks!

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  25. Such a great idea! First time to your blog but I am gonna be a follower now! Thanks!

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  26. So creative!! Im just a beginner in sewing & just introduced to the thing called sewing machine. Definitely will try your creation. Thanks a lot!! Keep on posting :)

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  27. you are so cute! i love this idea :)

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  28. I've been wanting to make one for awhile and tomorrow morning is finally the day!! I have a bright pink shirt and cute little boy tie, courtesy of Goodwill! I will email you a picture when iam finished! Thank you for the tutorial!

    Marcy
    marcycolwell (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. This is such a cute idea. I have a few ties of my own that I have been trying to find a way to wear, and I do believe this just solved it for me. Thank you!

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  30. I was thinking of sewing the tie to a piece of felt (or other non-fraying fabric) in the shape of a neckline. Then it could be worn with different shirts and laundering would not be a problem. A snap or velcro under the button would make it easy to put on and take off.

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  31. I inherited a bunch of my dad's ties when he passed away and my sons have a few but I was looking for something to make for the girls. Just getting ready to give them away and saw your idea!!! Really cute idea. Thanks for the tutorial....very well done and easy to follow.

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  32. I just found an awesome tie at Daiso for &1.50! Can't wait to craft this!!!

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  33. Hi thanks for the great tutorial. I made two in an hour it was so easy. I made sure I laid it out and pinned it first to make sure. I also machine sewed the flat side and hand sewed the ruffle side as my machine couldn't cope with the depth of fabric. The first top I did was a silky top and the other a t shirt and they both worked really well:)thanks again.

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  34. I made one with a black long sleeve t-shirt and a Mickey Mouse tie...you can view it here-
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smile4mephotography/6727874483/

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  35. I made one!! Thanks for this tutorial, it was so easy to follow!!
    http://www.sparklesandcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/03/first-sewing-project-ruffled-necktie-t.html

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  36. LOVE! I just started sewing and I am frustrated that I *want* to make so many cute things that *seem* easy- but for me right now they are a mess. I keep wanting to give up on sewing, but I never do. This was easy and fun! I'm wearing it today! Thanks SO much.

    Candy in Cleveland, Ohio

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  37. I Love it! I've finally got a use for those ties I've had lying around for ages! Thanks :)

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  38. My Mickey Mouse ties would work great for this.

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  39. This is so stinkin' cute!!! I'm featuring you tonight! Thanks for linking up last week :)

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  40. Adorable shirts!!! Stopping by from Just a Party with My Peeps linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-coat-for-holly.html

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  41. hi,
    thanks so much for this idea. i had a boring old tshirt which is now really super pretty thanks to our tutorial! super easy and fast. :) i will probably make a blog post about it, i'll send the link later!

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  42. here's the blogpost! thanks again!!

    http://gelukkigindejarenzestig.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-have-all-these-basic-t-shirts-in-my.html

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  43. can this be a necklace instead of a collar? I love the T-idea, but a necklace could be switched around.

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  44. Just stumbled up on this, and I will be making this today!! :D This is lovely and simple to make. Thanks for the idea and tutorial!! :D

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  45. Love this tutorial and your blog. New follower:) Follow me too at www.sewsweetvinatge.com

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  46. I will never be able to do this myself so PLEASE make more and sell them on Etsy so I can buy one. They are so cute!

    Lea
    http://highheeledstyle.com

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  47. JcPenney has washable ties by Stafford. They have a good selection of colors/patterns.

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  48. I just saw this and will make one this coming weekend. I love up-cycling, very cute.

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