Fatty to skinny tie that is.

My husband is a tie connoisseur.  He likes to remind me of this fact.  Often.  He’s pretty picky about his ties, and I still haven’t grasped what constitutes a good tie and what is a bad tie.  Except diagonal stripes.  He pretty much always likes those.  But his favorite ties?  They’re all skinny.

And boy oh boy, does he look handsome in a skinny tie.  The only problem is that they are sometimes hard to find.  Want to learn how I made this skinny tie from an old, fat one?  Well, read on!

I found the tutorial on Pinterest, of all places.  As soon as I saw the pin, I clicked through to check it out and then heard angels sing.  Go on over to Design Mom for her tutorial – she’s amazing.

I basically did Timothy’s tie the same way, just tweaked a few of the steps.  If you’d like to convert some fatty ties, here’s what you need:

A skinny tie to use as the template, a needle and thread, pins, scissors, and a seam ripper.  The rotary cutter is optional but really speeds things up.

First, take the tag and the little tie flap catcher off the back of the tie.  (Yes, tie flap catcher is the technical name. Ha!)  Then start seam ripping away.  I was amazed by how fast this went.  These ties are barely tacked together!  Rip the seam until you get to the skinniest part of the tie.

Oh, and see how the material on the right side of the tie is being overlapped by the material on the left?  If your tie is the opposite, just take note of that.

Pull the tie form out.


Then, using the skinny tie as your template, cut the tie form on both sides.  If your man likes the ties to be super skinny, be sure and trim the form a little bit slimmer than your template.

Now you can trim the material on the right side of the tie (or whichever side was being overlapped when you ripped the seam).  I trimmed mine about an inch and a half from the form and then tapered it to about an inch and a quarter as I got to the skinny part.

That was the easy part.  Ha!

The next few steps are all about ironing and folding.  Take your time on these steps, because they make or break the tie!

On the side that you trimmed, iron out the crease that was made from the old tie form.

Then fold and iron the material over the form.  It’s crucial to make sure the form is centered at the point, or else the point of your tie will be crooked.  No one likes a crooked tie point.

Now fold the other side of the material over the tie form.  And take a moment to be super jealous of our lovely ironing board cover.  It’s just a mauve ruffle short of early 90s status.

Unfold the side you just ironed and fold the material in on itself like so.  And?  Yup, iron some more.

It should look something like this when you’re done!  In the original tutorial, Design Mom talks about getting that seam line centered.  But I’m all about the off-centered look.  Ha!

Next, line up your new skinny tie with your template tie to get the proper placement of the tie flap catcher.  I threw away the tag, but next time I’m going to have to sew it on, too.  My dear husband told me he needed that tag for extra tie flap catching.  Or something like that.

Then slip stitch the mess out of your new skinny tie.  I’m not sure if this is the correct way to slip stitch, but it worked for me.  If your husband is anything like mine, he won’t notice your neat stitches.  So this is a no pressure stitching situation.

And voila!  You’re done.  Give the tie to your handsome husband, and then ask him if you can spend the money you saved by refashioning his old tie on some new shoes.  And chocolate.

And like I said, be sure to check out Design Mom’s original post.  All kudos to this awesome idea go to her! I was inspired to do this project by the Pinterest Challenge.  It was time to stop pinning and start doing!

 I’m linking up with the sponsors of this challenge, Young House Love, Bower Power, Centsational Girl, and Ten June.  I can’t wait to see how everyone else completes the challenge!

And if any of you have any experience with converting fat ties to skinny ties, I’d love to hear about it!  My mom actually told me that she did that for my dad when they were dating.  It’s crazy how trends come and go!


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12 Responses to Fatty to Skinny DIY

  1. Anne-Marie says:


  2. Your Mother who adores you says:

    Great job, Baby Girl! Yes, I did that for your dad back in the 80’s. He wanted skinny ties to go with his double knit suits and feathered hair. Haha! (We won’t talk about my permed hair and mid-calf length skirts.)

  3. Sara says:

    What an awesome idea! I may have to try this…how long did it take you start to finish? Was it worth the time and effort of all that pressing?

    • Whitney says:

      It took me about an hour, but that’s probably because my hand sewing stinks. It took me the longest time to stitch it back together. But I would definitely say it was worth it! And I’m sure it would go by a lot faster after a few ties.

  4. Erin says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s genius! It almost seems obvious now you’ve shown me [hello, if something is too big, make it smaller], but I never would have thought of it. Thanks for sharing. Btw, my first time here — your blog header is freaking gorgeous. Love it!

  5. Gillian says:

    I was hoping this would be a fat-person to skinny-person DIY, because I could definitely use some of that ;-P But ties are good too! I’ve thought of doing this with thrift store ties, to update them a little bit – and your tutorial is definitely the clearest one I’ve seen, so thanks! :-)

  6. Liz Gossom says:

    “mauve ruffled short of 90s status” – made me laugh out loud :) referred here from a friend and I love your blog!

  7. Jane Dube says:

    Great job! This is good.
    So how much do you charge for this?

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