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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Next, stitch your image.

  I stitched the phone using a split stitch for the outline, French knots for the dial, and a chain stitch for the cord. You can find tutorials for these stitches here and here.

Now that your image is stitched, press the tie shut using an iron set to steam and a press cloth. I use a thick piece of felt as a press cloth.

  Sew the tie back up, making sure you don't let your stitches show through the exterior fabric. Attach the loop to the tie about 6 inches above the fold overlap. Don't sew the tie fully closed. Leave the last 4 inches open; this will be closed using the French tack.

Now it's time to add a tag if you want. Cut the ribbon about 3 inches long and fold each end in 1/2 inch. If your ribbon looks like it's going to fray, seal the ends with a bit of fabric glue.

  Use a bit of ribbon to make a personalized tag. You can put your loved one's name on it or some sweet personal message or, like me, just put a "heart" Erika (this works best when your name is Erika, of course!).

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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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