Thursday, April 15, 2010

Little Guy Tie with a 3-D Effect

I've been loving all of these little guy ties that I've been seeing around but I wanted mine to look a little more 3-D.  I didn't like how it looked like a sticker stuck on the onsie or tee, you know what I mean?  So here's what I came up with:

Anyways, here is my tutorial.  It's a fast and easy project even for a pretty inexperienced seamstress like myself.

Supplies:
- Cute fabric for the tie (and not very much of it as you can see)
- Coordinating felt for underneath (I used white) and thread (again white in my case)
- Onsie
- Basic sewing supplies

Steps:
1) Use the pattern attached here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/zfmytnynmzz/TiePattern[1].pdf to cut out your tie.  As you can see there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance and I have shown you where to make slits/cut outs to make your tie lay flat.
2) Once you have cut out your tie and made the appropriate slits, use a seam guage to fold your seam allowance over (at 1/4 inch) and iron flat so your tie will look like this:

3) I pinned my tie to my felt to ensure I got a perfect fit, but you could also cut the outer edge off the pattern and use that if you were worried about accidently cutting into your tie. 


4) Once I had my tie cut out I wanted to make the top curvy parts lay perfectly flat so I ironed some more but it still wasn't working in those top corners and then I saw the mod podge :)  I just put a little dab in between the fabric and the felt and smoothed it just how I wanted it.  It worked perfectly!
5) Now it's time to pin your tie onto your onsie or tee.  I actually found a neat trick while I was doing this because I was doing it on a bed.  I always accidently slide things out of place when I am putting the first pin in, so I stuck a couple pins straight down into the bed (not sure if you would want to do that too often lol) to hold it in place while I put other pins in it.  If you don't have that problem though, just proceed as normal.
6) Now to sew it on.  Sew close to the edge, following it to keep a straight line.  Start in the left corner where the tie meets the "knot" and go around the whole "knot."  At this point you can remove most of your pins but keep one in there somewhere so the tie doesn't end up crooked.  Then proceed down the right side of the tie, all the way around, and back up to where you began.  Finish off and that's it, you're done!!! 
This was a pretty cheap project!  I got the fabric when JoAnn's was having a fabric sale and as you can see it doesn't even take very much.  And I got a 5 pack of onsies at Walmart for just a few dollars.  And isn't it cute?!  I think the 3-D effect that the felt gives it makes a HUGE difference vs the kind that is just stuck on with wonder-under. 
To see all the places I am linking this project CLICK HERE.

31 comments:

  1. HE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!! I love him. Cute tie idea too!

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  2. I was wondering who JG was and why she would call my son a pimp and then I figured it out. Jay. . .

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  3. hehe. He actually said " P I ---M P, biologically, obviously. But that was a lot to remember so you got the abbreviated version :) Seriously, though LOVE these pics. Need to print these and the bicep curl one.

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  4. 1. He is a total cutie!!
    2. I love that it does stick out - that's why I haven't made one for my little guy! Thanks for this! Now to run to walmart and get some onesies and felt! <3

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  5. So Cute! I can't wait to try this!

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  6. He is SO cute!!! Oh, and I like the onesie too :)

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  7. Such a cute tie and SUCH an adorable MODEL! Can I squeeze him for a while?!?

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  8. ok, the tie is too cute.....but your little guy is just ADORABLE! ♥

    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  9. That's an adorable tie, to match your adorable baby! Looks like he likes it!

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  10. Now he is ready for a day at the office. Just so adorable!

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  11. oh my this is too cute and he is adorable. this is such a clever idea

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  12. I love it! He's so adorable. I completely agree about not liking the sticker-stuck-on-onesie look. :) If you're still making more ties (I love making them for my little man!), here are some you might want to try:

    http://hideousdreadfulstinky.blogspot.com/2009/09/tutorial-making-boys-tie-from-mans-tie.html

    http://themateam.blogspot.com/2009/09/little-man-tie-tutorial.html

    http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-your-own-baby-ties-with-optional.html

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  13. Love it! I have been wanting to make some boy things for our upcoming boutique...thanks for making it easy! And thanks for sharing it with us, we hope you'll drop by again next fri! :)

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  14. Cute, cute, cute. Tie and bubba.

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  15. What a cutie! The tie is such a sweet idea!

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  16. What a sport! He cooperated beautifully for the photo shoot. :-) Fun idea.

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  17. How adorable! And the tie is really cute too. :-)

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  18. Soooo cute! He is adorable. :o)

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  19. Great idea!!! He is just WAY too cute!!!! Thanks for linking up!

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  20. This is so great. I think I am going to make one of these for a friend of mine! Awesome! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to read yours and thanks so much for adding Lydia's button. We're all praying for a miracle.

    ~Amber @ The Mom Road

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  21. Thank you for bringing your hodgepodge to the party! Will be drawing the winners soon!
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  22. Too, too cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Very very cute, and the tie onesie is too... :) Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things Friday!

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  24. My goodness - Super cute! Love your little model too! Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  25. So - here's a link to mine. I really like it. :D

    My Tie Onesie

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  26. Too cute!! Love it, I wish I could sew, I can't, not even a little bit. I so need one for my little guy. Your little one looks adorable!

    Thanks for joining my Flaunt it Friday party. Hope to see you back this week!:)

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  27. This is too cute!! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

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  28. That looks great. Thanks for sharing at check me out saturday www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  29. So cute! These make great gifts!

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  30. Love the more 3D look. Thanks for linking this up to my Crafty Mommy Diva Baby Shower Event!

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