DIY your super-guy a tie | Last-minute Father’s Day gift sewing project

Sew up a tie for Father’s Day.

Cliché?

No. Not when the tie is an indie-designed organic cotton voile that’s been hand-sewn by you. Not even close to cliché. This Daddy? He’s not so cliché, either. Read on to see why we’re substituting a tie for a cape this year.

DIY tie for a wedding or Father's Day in organic Cloud9 Fabric #quick #project

the pattern

The father in this house wears a tie 3 or 4 days a week, he needs ’em, guys. And my penchant for thrifting is handy in so many ways but finding a handsome tie at Goodwill? Close to never. I found Molly’s Sketchbook: Father’s Day Tie tutorial at The Purl Bee. Lovely instructions, step-by-step photos and a decent pattern. Note: you’ll want to add about 4-5″ to the middle pattern piece for a traditional length tie. As the current version results in a very handsome, but too-short tie. (slice it in the center and tape in a bit of paper to increase length)  Also, I only used iron-on interfacing and didn’t include the second slip-in piece. (I made one exactly following that tutorial last year, trust me) This year, it is the perfect length and not so stiff. Minimal sewing required, just two short lines on the machine, precise ironing and a bit of hand-stitching. Easy to do while catching up on the Hulu backlog.

purl bee DIY tie for a wedding or Father's Day in organic Cloud9 Fabric #quick #project

the fabric

Swoony, isn’t it? Organic cotton voile from the Koi collection designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 Fabrics. It has a fine hand and gives the suggested Tana Lawn decent competition. With a tiny bit of a ‘lining’ fabric at each tip, the suggested white seemed boring so I went with Speckle | Sky also from Cloud9. It makes for a modern, handsome spring-summer sort of tie with fantastic pops of pink and mustard. Personality all around, folks.

Last minute DIY tie for a wedding or Father's Day in organic Cloud9 Fabric #quick #project

We hope Daddy likes it.

And we’re betting he will.

Want to make one? Go for it! It’s a quick project, you only need to devote an hour or two at most. The tricky part is getting him distracted so you can work your magic, no? Peruse your stash for a handsome print, madras even. Find the pattern and tutorial here. And don’t forget to add 4-5 inches in the middle section.

You can do this.

Maine People's Alliance's director, Jesse Graham speaks about Mercury Clean Up on the Penobscot River in Maine

Here’s last year’s tie in action.

What’s Daddy up to?

Trying to get some scroogey chemical company to clean up the mercury they left behind in the Penobscot river. Pretty sweet.

He’s a tie-wearing environmental champion, right?

We’re pretty proud of this Daddy. You can read more about him, the court case and long-standing clean-up efforts here. See? The tie works waaaay better than a cape in this case. ;-)

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