how to make fabric ties

How to Make Fabric Ties

Sometimes, it’s the little things. As with most things in life, taking the time and extra effort with the little things goes a long way to making something special. Sewing projects are no different; to add a nice finishing touch to a home decor project or clothing design, we need to remember the details. Today I will show you how to make fabric ties; an easy addition for your projects. They are very simple and straightforward to make. Let me show you how!

What can I do with Fabric Ties

You can add fabric ties to just about any sewing design. They work great on pillows, duvet covers, cushions, drapes, roman shades, blouses, skirts, and more. Ties can be purely decorative for example, in bows or highly functional; sewn on to fabric face masks. To check out the Personalized Pillow DIY where I used these fabric ties in the pictures, click HERE

Materials List

Here’s what you need to get started. (affiliate links in blue)

Sewing Scissors, HERE or
Rotary Cutter, HERE
Sewing Board, HERE or
Rotary Cutting Mat, HERE
Straight Edge
Sewing Machine

Instructions for How to Make Fabric Ties

1 Firstly, cut a strip of fabric. To determine what size to cut it, take the finished width you want the tie to be and multiply that number by 4. In other words, the finished width of the tie will be roughly 1/4 of the total width of the starting fabric. The length will not change much. Allow about 1/4 inch fold on each end so your fabric tie will be approximately 1/2 inch shorter overall.

Next, fold the tie in half lengthwise and press with an iron.

Open up the fabric strip. First, turn in and press EACH END approximately 1/4 – 3/8 inch. Press. Second, fold in both sides of the lengthwise edges towards the center but not touching each other. Press again, tucking each of the ends under the second fold as you iron.

Now, fold in half again so the folded edges meet and line up. Press.

With a sewing machine, stitch along the length of the tie along the open edges and also across each end.

6 Your tie is complete! It’s time to add to your project. To see how it was added to a pillow, see the Personalized Pillow DIY tutorial, shown in the photographs above. Click HERE.

I hope you will find an opportunity to add fabric ties to a future project. Let me know if you do in the comment box below.😃

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