October 1, 2014

DIY Kids Tie Project

We Show You How to Turn an Adult Sized Tie into a Kid or Toddler Necktie

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We frequently receive emails and calls from customers asking for advice on where to find kid’s neckties that match their favorite adult sized ties. While we do in fact offer a wide selection of kids sized ties, there are instances when you may need a very specific color or pattern for a special event such as a wedding, church, choir, graduation, etc. That being said, we’ve now created a free template and a simple 7-step guide that will allow you to turn any adult sized necktie into a kids as well as a toddlers sized tie.

Things you will need:

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Step 1: Print out the Template
Chose your template size (see links above) and print it out. Cut each piece and tape them together following the end numbers as your guide.

Step 2: Open the Tie
make-a-kids-tiediy-kids-necktieOpen the Tie Next, use a seam ripper to take off the loop and label on the back of the tie. Using either the seam ripper or a pair of scissors, undo the back stitch and open up the tie. Pull out any left-over pieces of thread. There’s only one thread that keeps the back of the tie together, so you’ll be able to pull it out easily.

Step 3: Iron Out the Creases
open-up-necktieirioning-necktiePull the inlay out of the silk pocket at the tip of the tie. Set the inlay aside and lay the tie fabric completely flat and unfolded. Iron out all of the creases.

Step 4: Trim the Inlay
necktie-inlaynecktie-inlay-cuttingPin the template on top of the inlay and use it as a guide for trimming off all excess fabric.

Step 5: Trim and Fold
make-a-kids-necktienecktie-foldingInsert the trimmed inlay back into the silk tie pocket and make sure that it’s properly centered. Create a new crease that fits the new size of your inlay by folding one side of the tie fabric over and ironing from the bottom tip of the tie to the top of the tail. When you’re done, trim off any excess fabric.

diy-kids-necktieskids-necktie-diy-projectNext, fold the other side of the tie over the inlay and iron. Trim the excess fabric while still leaving enough to recreate the folded pleat for a clean finish (see photo above).

Step 6: Glue It Shut
glue-kids-necktiekids-tie-home-madeCarefully apply fabric glue to the extra fold of material you created on the back of the tie. Fold the material over onto and press down gently. Pressing too hard may cause the glue to leak out onto the visible part of the tie.

Step 7: The Finishing Details
home-made-necktieself-made-kids-tieTrim the extra material at the tail end of the tie off, then fold it over and glue it shut. This doesn’t look as professional as the end of a store-bought tie, but no one will be able to see it. Next, use the fabric glue to re-attach the back look in place. Note that you may need to trim it to fit the new width of your tie.

necktie-loopdiy-toddler-necktieStep 7: The Finishing Details Trim the extra material at the tail end of the tie off, then fold it over and glue it shut. This doesn’t look as professional as the end of a store-bought tie, but no one will be able to see it. Next, use the fabric glue to re-attach the back look in place. Note that you may need to trim it to fit the new width of your tie. Let the glue dry for at least 2 hours, and then give the tie one more good ironing before wearing.

Your kid’s tie is now complete!
Now you’re equipped with the skill to turn all of your old neckties into kid’s sized ties for any formal occasion. And if you love your ties but wish they had a more youthful look, you can turn them into skinny ties by following all of the directions above but keeping the original length.
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Other Suggested Articles:
Learn to Make Your own Bow Tie

Your Bows-N-Ties.com Team

September 29, 2014

LOYAL FRIENDSHIP

Chris & Arthus Modeling for Dogs-N-Ties

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Meet long time friends Chris & Arthur! Chris, a model from Newfoundland, and his dog Arthur, a 2-year old French Bulldog, are like two peas in a pod. They both love fashion, style, and longs walks through nature. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have these dapper gentleman model for our Dogs-N-Ties collection supporting the SFSPCA. Chris paired the French Bulldog Tie with a fun color palette of bright aqua blue on the sweater, a seasonal terra-cotta orange on the pants, and a complementing splash of color on the linen pocket square. For a more details on Chris’s outfit, see below.
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Blazer: H&M
Pants: GAP
Necktie: Bows-N-Ties
V-Neck Sweater: Joe Fresh
Pocket Square: BlackBird
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy

September 25, 2014

Gentleman’s Guide to Tying a Bow Tie

When we found out, thanks to our recent survey, that only 1% of adult men actually know how to tie their own bow ties, we knew that we had to get to work. Despite several bow tie tying tutorials we had previously posted, we thought that could do better. We needed a bow tie tutorial that is not only easy to follow, but also so good looking that you want to print it and post it on your fridge. Well, here is our result:

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Now print this image, post it on your fridge, and become a bow tie master – a skill that differentiates the boy from the gentleman!

Your Bows-N-Ties.com Team

September 23, 2014

Gorgeous Vineyard Wedding in Peach + Greys

We are elated to feature Bret and Wes’ gorgeous wedding that took place at the iconic Firestone Vineyards in Santa Barbara, California this summer. This California Wedding is absolutely stunning in every regard from flower bouquets, to wine bottles with printed menus, to the iconic backdrop of cascading grapevines.  The peach and gray color combination looks exquisite in this idyllic setting and we are so happy to feature this wedding with the groom and groomsmen wearing our Mens Summer Peach Apricot Necktie.

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The Wedding Party in Pink Ties
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Photography: Robyn Rachel Photography 

Venue: Firestone Vineyards

Groom and Groomsmen Ties: Bows-N-Ties

Wedding Dress: Essence Designs

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Your Bows-N-Ties Team

September 22, 2014

Autumn Menswear in Purple and Green

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We are excited to feature yet another great look by Canadian menswear blogger and stylist Chris Nicholas. On an early-evening stroll in his native Newfoundland, Chris sports a sophisticated menswear look with an element of the whimsical.

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A slim-fitting blazer in perfect plum compliments the purple, lime green, orange, and blue of Chris’s madras plaid necktie by Blackbird. A pair of slip-on deck shoes give him an extra pep in his step with electric green soles and matching shoe laces, perfect for an autumn island vibe.

And for the finishing touches? A Mont Pellier narrow tie bar in Grass Green, a silky white handkerchief, and a lion’s head buttonhole charm in silver.

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