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Make It : Skinny Tie Tutorial

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Today's guest post is from Penelope, a Senior Research Editor at Living with a great craftover idea up her sleeves:

"My husband, Mike, is a pretty dapper fellow—he loves to get gussied up in a suit and tie. And for a while now, he has really liked the look of skinny neckties. But he really didn't want more ties, just different ones. So I thought maybe I could skinnify some that he already owns. After hunting around online a bit I came across a great post on Gabrielle Blair’s Design Mom blog, which showed me exactly what to do. The best part: You don't need a sewing machine or much skill as a sewer, for that matter. A little off the sides really freshened these babies up!"

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Carefully undo stitches with seam ripper.

4 Carefully undo stitches with seam ripper.

Unfold the tie, and pull out the liner. Using a skinny tie as a template (I pinned the tie to the back of a cork-lined ruler), use a disappearing-ink pen to trace along its edges. Or trim the equal amount off each side.

5 Unfold the tie, and pull out the liner. Using a skinny tie as a template (I pinned the tie to the back of a cork-lined ruler), use a disappearing-ink pen to trace along its edges. Or trim the equal amount off each side.

Trim the silk.

6 Trim the silk.

Press down one side, then the other. Ideally the top fold should align with the center of the tie.

7 Press down one side, then the other. Ideally the top fold should align with the center of the tie.

Stitch the pressed sections and liner together with a loose invisible stitch.

8 Stitch the pressed sections and liner together with a loose invisible stitch.

Some of the skinny ties from Mike's ever-expanding collection.

9 Some of the skinny ties from Mike's ever-expanding collection.

Looking sharp!

10 Looking sharp!

Comments (5)

  • I never would have thought to do this. thanks!

  • Wowza! Great idea and he's not too bad either ;)

  • This is fantastic! Thanks, Penelope.

  • My husband has a ridiculous number of ties, and I have frequently wondered how one could transform the wide ones into skinnier ones--or into belts for me. I was a little intimidated by their internal architecture, but no more, thanks to this article.

  • I love this idea & it looks easy enough that I will actually do it! Thanks for posting this how-to. My husband has tie rack filled with what were once favorites... and they will soon be favorites again! This is a creative & simple way to update the wardrobe for him. I might even do it to the tie he wore on our wedding day.

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