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Tie one on

June 14, 2011

We recently celebrated anniversary numero dos – according to tradition the cotton anniversary.  I wanted to create a handmade gift to make it a bit more special, yet being me, didn’t save enough time for a dress shirt or anything so involved.

R doesn’t wear ties that often.  So what better gift for the hip guy, than a hip tie?

The biggest tie-buying holiday in America is right around the corner, so avoid the shops, close your wallet, and use up your stash with this quick and easy project.  I know you know a dad or three.  There’s a free pattern download over at the lovely Purl bee.  Caveat: the pieces are a little off, once taped together.  This will make more sense if you print & cut it out, but just make certain the straight edges that will be placed on the fold are in one solid line.  If taped together with the joining sides flush, the center fold line side gets crooked.

I trimmed about 3/8″ from the pattern to make more of a skinny, mod tie.  The fabric really called for that (as does R’s style).  This is in an awesome Japanese cotton I picked up a year or two ago.  Though it’s mostly hand-sewn, this goes together really quickly.  If you have silk thread, do use it….it will glide so nicely through the ladder stitches.  Your man will also appreciate the addition of a little loop sewn into the back to hold the two parts together.  I simply made a bias loop, stitched it in with the ladder stitches, then pressed flat and tacked down the four corners.

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  1. June 21, 2011 2:44 pm

    This is the most incredible tie I ever did see. It would perfect for a poker night, though might intimidate the other players. Though I have a necklace with the playing card symbols on that I wore to a recent poker night and I came last. So maybe not x

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      June 21, 2011 8:41 pm

      Aw, cheers! But with a tie/necklace combo, who would stand a chance? I got the fabric at reprodepot.com, but they’ve since closed up shop :(

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