I'm sure if you are a regular reader you are familiar with the amazing Kate Petronis of And Everything Sweet. Kate is a what I like to say a whirlwind of creativity! I have yet to find anything that this lady can't do, and I am pleased as punch to have her as a guest poster on my blog today! Take it away, Kate!
WHO SAYS A TIE HAS TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE??
I was so excited when Amanda posted her Father’s Day Tie collection b/c not only is it gorgeous, FREE and FULL of great ideas, but also it gave me a great theme to work with! If you know me I love taking a theme and running with it! So for this father’s day I’m going Tie crazy! I plan on assisting the kids with tie themed crafts to make for their Daddy, I’m going to deck the house out in tie printables thanks to Amanda, I’m making tie themed cake balls and I’m even “tie-ing in” the theme (see what I did there?) with matching shirts for the day!! (I know, my kids have the most embarrassing mom in the world). Its going to be a Tie-riffic Daddy’s Day!!
I’ve seen this done on onesies for little baby boys and I’ve always adored them. Unfortunately with two girls I never had a reason to make one. And since I’m not waiting around for a little boy to show up anytime soon, this is a great reason to make one!
I am really excited about this project! A tie t-shirt is very practical. Not only is it very inexpensive (you can make it for under $3), it has several other benefits. We all know that ties make you look more professional. People definitely take you seriously if you’re wearing a tie. You look smarter, you feel smarter. But the big complaint about a tie is that its uncomfortable. Thinking thinking thinking…I
KNOW! Stick it on a t-shirt…professional AND comfortable! As Charlie Sheen would say, “WINNING!”
Take my daughter Olivia for example…she has definite powers of persuasion in this shirt. It’s a door opener!
Wanna make one or two or three? Listen up, I’m going to show you how!
First, get yourself a shirt or tank top. I got mine from Old Navy. Craft stores have really inexpensive shirts too! You’ll need a little bit of fabric (two coordinating fabrics for each tie) and some Heat and Bond.
I used the sewable strength Heat and Bond on my shirts b/c I did an appliqué stitch around the edge. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can do a hand stitch. OR get a high strength Heat and Bond and don’t worry about sewing!
Use the Template to trace your tie on the Heat and bond.
Once you have traced the tie onto the heat and bond, cut it out and iron it onto the back side of your fabric.
Then cut out the tie…
Do the same for the top part of the tie.
And now comes the fun part. Remove the paper backing from the Heat and Bond and iron it on your shirt, starting with the long part of the tie first.
Then add the “knot” of the tie, iron it on and TA DAAAAA!!!! You have a fancy shmancy tie shirt!
You can leave it like this or do an appliqué stitch to finish it off. Make it as difficult or easy as you please.
Here is mine… all business!! And I can vouch for its comfort. I worked out in mine. So comfortable I forgot I was even wearing a tie! ;)
And here is Bailey's. Cute!
My plan for Fathers Day is to go downstairs with the girls, make Brian some breakfast, decorate the kitchen and invite him down for some pancakes where the girls and I will be wearing our matching shirts. He’ll think cute! He’ll oooh and awww, all that good stuff…then I’ll surprise him with his and make him put it on. Hehehehe (evil laugh)
Who knows what Brian is going to end up doing with it…this shirt may be pushing it for a grown man. At the very least he can cut off the sleeves and use it as a yard work shirt which I’m totally fine with. Anyone who wears a tie while working in the yard means BUSINESS! I’m gonna have the best looking yard on the block! ;)
Hopefully I’ve inspired you to make your own tie t-shirt for your family or Dad of the hour. J
Happy Fathers Day to all you great dads out there!!! Have a Tie-riffic Day!!!