Ties and scarfs always drape best when cut on the bias. This is a quick little pattern that won’t take up much room when you are laying out your ensemble. If you are making a tie for a tall man, make it a little bit longer.
1. Pattern paper
2. Fashion fabric - This pattern works best on solid colored fabric that does not have a right and wrong side.
1. Draw the pattern directly on the fabric.
2. Salvage edges can be used for the end of the scarf if the salvage is nice looking. The salvage edge is not usually recommended for projects because it shrinks more than the fabric. In this case a little shrinkage won't be noticed. If the salvage edge is ugly just cut it off and finish that side the same as the others.
3. Cut out the tie. Flip the top layer so the fabric forms a big 'V'. Stitch a quarter inch seam across the bottom and press open.
4. Finish the long edges by serging a rolled hem or using a rolled hem foot on our sewing machine. Start at the wide angle and sew toward the point for best results. If you did not use the selvage edges finish the short sides in the same style.
5. Fold the two outside edges into the middle and press. Just do the middle eight inches.
6. Fold the tie in half lengthwise to make accordion pleats.
7. Sew a rectangle about four inches long and half an inch wide in the middle of the tie to keep the folds in place.
Two Sided Tie
If you want to make a tie out of fabric that has a definite right side you might want to try this pattern. The exact angle of the point is up to you. The length can be adjusted as desired.
1. pattern paper
2. fashion fabric
1. Draw the pattern.
2. Cut out your fabric. It is best on the bias, but that is up to you.
3. Sew the two short straight ends together. Right sides together. Press the seam flat and then press it open.
4. Fold the tie in half the long way, right sides together. With a 1/4 inch seam allowance starting about 2 inches from the center seam and continuing toward the point on each side. As you get close to the point decrease the stitch length and sew right off the fabric.
Do not back stitch because that will cause a lumpy point. Put a dot of seam sealant on the stitching at the points, allow it to dry, and trim the points.
5. Turn the tie right side out through the side opening and press carefully. Sew the opening closed.
6. Fold the tie in half length wise and and press the center six inches. Fold the outside edges into the center crease, then fold them back to make accordion style pleats.
7. Sew a rectangle about four inches long and half an inch wide in the center of the tie to keep the folds in place.
8. Stitch length should be 10 to 12 stitches per inch (2.5 to 3.5 mm). If you use a shorter stitch length it can cause the fabric to pucker along the seam line and it is more difficult to remove if you make a mistake. There is no reason to use a shorter stitch and the sewing will go faster with a longer one.
9. Scarf slides or rings work better with this style than trying to make a knot because of the bulk of the fabric.