The kids were getting ready to go to a show, and I realized the barn didn’t have enough stock ties to go around. Some of the kids didn’t have one, and it was getting to crunch time. I had this pattern sitting around in my sewing box (Suitability #3140)… and so I pulled it out and made a couple of stock ties. The 1 1/4 yard recommended for one tie made me two. This took me about two hours, and I put myself in advanced beginner sewing-ability.
I don’t think you need the pattern for this, it would be easy to lay out a current stock tie and trace it out, adding a bit extra for seam allowances. And sometimes pattern instructions aren’t as helpful as we would all like.
I think fabric choice is important here. I picked out a plain white stretch poplin. It was fairly heavyweight in my hands. I really wanted the stock ties to stand on their own, especially with kids wearing them, so I also bought a can of heavy starch ;).
Once the (four) pieces were cut out, I sewed each pair together. I left the skinny openings clear of any stitching and sewed diagonally across the points of the stock tie.
After sewing, I snipped the seam allowances as close as possible, especially at the points.
After cleaning up the seam allowances, it was time to turn the tie inside out and start ironing. Turning it inside out was somewhat time consuming, but not too hard.
Once the tie was turned correctly, it was time to start ironing. By the way, at this point it might be useful to note that you should have two separate pieces. One longer piece, and one shorter piece. They shouldn’t be connected yet. Off to the ironing board! And the starch.
Once the tie was sufficiently starched and ironed, it was time to finish up. The last couple of steps were to finish the short seam in the middle (a tiny hem), and then attach the ties together with a simple zigzag stitch on the top and bottom of the short piece. Its important to leave this hole so you can actually tie the tie around your neck (or child’s neck in this case).
Final thoughts: Not hard at all! Basically cut the fabric, sew together, reduce seam bulk, iron, and go. There are of course instructions included with the actual pattern, so if you like more detail, that could be helpful. I don’t think they are essential. I don’t see myself making a ton of fancy ties, but I can definitely help out the school house a donate a couple of simple ones. And who knows, maybe I’ll make myself a fancy one.
Project cost: ~15 for two stock ties
If I didn’t describe something well, feel free to leave a comment and I can hopefully sort out confusion I have caused 🙂