We love our sarcastic, big & burly, teddy bear of a dad! I truly married a wonderful man. He has given me a life I am so blessed to wake up to everyday. As I continue to set the stage for Father’s Day (in hopes to have it decorated by the actual day – Yes, that’s how I role lately) I hope that you can find a project to blog-lift and duplicate for the special man in your life. Today I finally finished a Tie Bunting for the wall above my cubbie-sideboard in the dinning room. I am so happy with the way it came out. Along with advent calendars and pillows – buntings are one of my go-to decor projects. Grab the following supplies and make one for yourself! I would love to see your results; you can upload to our flicker account, email them, or leave a link in the comments to your images. Thanks for sewing along.
When all was said and done I ended up with 15 tie fronts. Now you could cheat here and just serge the edges and leave it, or continue and turn them over and top stitch. I wanted my ties to look as real as possible, just tiny, so I decided to line them with muslin, turn them, then press them. This allowed me NOT to top stitch and have a real-looking tie. If you want to be an OCD crafter like me let’s keep going if not, skip to the bottom of the post to learn how to tie the knot. Okay, for those who are still with me, I might be anal but I also am sneaky, so instead of cutting out 15 more ties in the muslin i decided to try a short cut. I took my ‘SpraynBond’ fabric adhesive and lightly, very lightly, sprayed the muslin.
Next we need to turn them RIGHT-side out. I used to hate this process but after a little encouragement from a friend and a bit of research I found a quick and simple method. On your stitched end, create a little pocket of material.
Now we need to make the little knots. I tried doing this in front of me like I would if I were tying my husbands tie around his neck, but I couldn’t do it. I had to take a coat hanger and hold it against my bellie so that I could make my knots. It actually created a perfect loop size, so I would suggest trying it. Here is the process, there are many great tutorials out there on tying a tie, here is my tiny version…
Once all your knots are completed you need to lineup your ties and place them in an order that is pleasing to you. I hate this part because there are so many options, but I finally got a series I was happy with. Then I took my twine and just slipped each tie onto the twine through the loops. I used small pins to keep my ties in place but I plan to hand stitch each on to the twine…eventually. Then I cut my desired length of twine and put a knot on each end.
The final step is to find a place to hang your new Tie Bunting and then fuss with it until you have it just right!