DIY Fat Tie to Skinny Tie

For those you of who know my husband he’s a pretty sharp and trendy dresser.  He likes his ties skinny.  I really shouldn’t even take credit for this project except that I found it on Pintrest and suggested to him that he try it out.  Here’s how he did it:

First here is the difference between the fat and the skinny tie.  He wanted the top one to be the size of the bottom one.  I promise in real life the tie is red, not pink.

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Now the first real step in the project is to cut the stitches out of the tie:

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This is what the tie looks like opened up.  See that white part in the middle, that is the structure of the tie so you will be cutting that part.

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Place a tie that you are happy with size-wise in the middle as a way to measure.

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Now cut!

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

The good thing about this project is that it really doesn’t require much precision because no one is going to see the inside.  My husband and I are both novice sewers so neither of us have the skills or patience for the perfect cuts.  See those not-so-straight lines?  They don’t matter.

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Now iron down the sides so they lay flat

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Here it is ironed flat

Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Now stitch the sides back together with very simple vertical stitches (by hand not a sewing machine):

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Lawyer Spouse and Maven of the House: DIY- Fat tie to Skinny Tie

Here’s the finished product!

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So easy!

No Sew Hemming

Hey everyone, it’s been a while.

This morning I did the easiest project ever – I hemmed without having to sew anything.  I had a skirt that was not only too long but it would roll up when I walked because of its awkward length.  I wanted to hem it but I didn’t want to pay a seamstress (the skirt only cost me $10!) and I don’t have a sewing machine (which I wouldn’t know how to use if I had one anyway).

I bought this no sew hem tape from fabric.com

Meven of the House: No Sew Hemming

This was the skirt I wanted to hem.  Step 1: Iron. Then decide how much you want to hem it.  Fold it over and do a quick iron so it is already folded the way you want it.

Meven of the House: No Sew Hemming

Once you have decided how much you want to hem, but pieces of tape and place them under the fold.  I cut pieces that were about 4 inches long.

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Meven of the House: No Sew Hemming

Press the iron on top of the fabric to bond the tape to both sides ( I didn’t remember to take a picture of this step but I think you can use your imagination as to what an iron looks like on a piece of fabric.)

The package said to hold the iron with no steam for 3 seconds and repeat until “bonded.”  After three seconds this is what I had (obviously not quite bonded) so I repeated two more times.  Note: make sure that you stick the hem tape as close to the end of the fold as possible.

Maven of the House: No Sew Hemming

The final product was perfect it stuck so well it’s like I got it hemmed by a seamstress and the whole process cost basically nothing.  I think I paid $1.50 for the hem tape and I only used about a foot of it.

Maven of the House: No Sew Hemming

If you do a quick side by side comparison you can see the difference – before I hemmed it the skirt had an awkward bottom part that flared out a little bit at the knees.  Now it is straight down.

Meven of the House: No Sew Hemming

Maven of the House: No Sew Hemming

The test was to wear the skirt and see if it lasted.  I wore it all day today and it stretched with the material and everything!