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After four long years of making potions and (not) understanding complex theories, it is almost time for me to graduate from University with a Masters degree in Chemistry!

I recently purchased a really great off-white shirt from Saville Row to wear for the ceremony, but I was having some difficulty in finding a suitable tie. I therefore decided to just make my own 🙂

I ended up creating my own pattern/design for the tie and it worked really well. It only took a few hours to make and the fabric cost just ÂŁ4 – so it’s well worth a try if you have any formal events coming up!

Here’s the tutorial (pictures are after the step-by-step instructions):

What you’ll need:

  • 60cm x 30cm decorative fabric (a silky material or good quality cotton, depending on the style of tie you want)
  • 60cm x 10cm heavyweight material (heavy cotton or canvas-type material)
  • a tie in a shape you like to use as a template (optional but really useful)
  • cotton thread in a similar colour to your decorative fabric

What to do:

  1. Using your existing tie, cut out two templates from the heavy fabric (one for each end of the tie). Similarly, cut out the same shapes from the decorative fabric – but with some excess fabric on each side. Finally, cut out two triangles from the decorative fabric that over fit the ends of the other decorative fabric pieces you have cut. This will give you 6 pieces (see image below).
  2. With the decorative fabric pieces face up, place the end pieces on top (face down) and the heavy material template on top again.
  3. Sew along the bottom two edges of the triangle (leave the long top edge). Turn these inside out to hide the seam – you will now have two separate pieces, as shown in image three below.
  4. Sew these two long pieces together along the flat end (i.e. not the triangle end). You’ll need to carefully line up both the decorative fabric and the heavy fabric template, then sew them together. Make sure to fold the ends of the decorative fabric inwards before you sew – this way, the seam won’t be visible from the back.
  5. Now you have a full length of material. Fold over one side of the excess decorative fabric twice, so the fraying end is hidden. Do the same with the other side and stitch together with a hidden stitch (I found a great tutorial here: – it’s not as tricky as it looks!!)

And that’s it! It is quite a tricky DIY to explain, but I can honestly say that it’s not as complicated as it sounds 🙂 If you have any questions, or want more detail/clarification on anything, just let me know and I’ll do my best to help!

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