How to Embroider a Necktie

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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A little embroidery goes a long way in making this tie super-special. I decided I wanted a subtler effect, so I stitched the image using the blue from the tie.
A simple, inexpensive, store-bought tie serves as the base for this project.
Open the back of the tie, about one-third of the way, and remove the tag and the loop.
A little embroidery goes a long way in making this tie super-special. I decided I wanted a subtler effect, so I stitched the image using the blue from the tie.

A little embroidery goes a long way in making this tie super-special. I decided I wanted a subtler effect, so I stitched the image using the blue from the tie.

Photo: Erika Kern
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I don't know about you, but I always have a hard time crafting for guys. Most of my craft ideas spring from things that I want or need and, not being a man, I have a hard time relating. I've made ties from scratch before, but they've all turned out a bit too, shall we say, flamboyant for your average Joe. This project might be a little over the top too, but if you have a fella in your life who loves a unique tie, I think that this would make him smile from ear to ear come Christmas morning.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A tie (look in your favorite thrift or bargain store; you'd be surprised what you find)
  • A design to stitch (I found mine in a book of clip art)
  • Tracing paper
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Transfer paper (if you're working on a dark fabric, white or yellow works best; if your tie is light, use black or blue)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Optional: ribbon (for custom tag)
  Open the back of the tie, about one-third of the way, and remove the tag and the loop.
  With a blunt tool like a ballpoint pen, use a light color transfer paper to transfer your pattern image to the tie. I picked this image of an old-timey phone in a book of clip art. You can also find images in magazines, books, and online. For this project, a small, simple image works best.
  Here's the transferred image.

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posted in: embroidery, tie, guy gift, necktie

Comments (2)

erika_kern writes: That's wonderful!
Posted: 11:22 pm on January 9th
beinred writes: Good job on the how-to. I used it and made a great birthday gift. You can see it here: http://beinred.blogspot.com/2009/01/embroidered-necktie.html
Posted: 10:05 pm on January 6th
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