Harry Potter Countdown: Hogwarts Gryffindor Tie Tutorial

 Look what I did last night :) The musicmaker and I have fun. I really wanted a Gryffindor tie. And when I saw this tie for sale on Etsy I realized I could make one. Ties are easy, but I found this to be kinda annoying if I would have found this listing weeks ago (in time for the Deathly Hallows part II premiere) I would have just purchased it. Instead I bought crappy cheap costume satin (not really satin at all, Tessa if you’re reading this I know you warned me -mistake #1). It’s not hard, just annoying and if you’re going to make one yourself I’d recommend buying satin (just use a coupon or wait for a sale). I’m a super fast sew-er. This took me a little over an hour  (mind you I can sew myself a dress in an hour)and it’s kinda weak quality-wise.

Any ways I’d like to show you how to make your own Gryffindor tie. And I hope that you will learn from my mistakes because unfortunately I made a few.

What you’ll need

  • Satin  (I used fake costume satin and regretted it)
  • Tie Pattern (wait til they’re on sale for 99 cents)
  • Thin goldenrod ribbon

What to do

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1. Cut out your fabric, most tie patterns will either have a flap to fold under at the end (left column on my drawing) or it’ll have you line the fabric). Cut it the direction it tells you to (on the bias) I rebelled and regret it since it probably would have laid more flat like the ribbon if I cut it properly (mistake #2) Read the pattern directions so you get the general jist. Sew the flap part or sew the good fabric to the lining and flip. I recommend serging the straight edge of the flap if you’re doing the flap style (the one that will eventually be horizontal).
2. Before you sew the long ends together sew on the ribbon. I tried to sew the ribbon down the middle but it ended up curling and looking lame-o (mistake #3). I highly recommend sewing on each side of the ribbon.
3. Sew the ribbon in the pattern all the way down. I didn’t measure or pin. I just eyeballed it and put it in about the same position on my machine each time. But I’m not a perfectionist.
4. Follow the the directions for the tie. Basically sew the long ends together (right sides) then flip and iron.
5. Do not use fray check on the raw edge if you’re using fake satin, and whatever fabric you use test it first if you’re tempted to do that (mistake #4) or else you’ll get a nice stain on your tie right after you did all that work.
6. Dress your husband up, give him a chopstick and take lots of pictures.

Just to clarify, he’s my cute model for this blog post but it is MY tie. Hopefully that made sense. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.


  1. haha I love that it is YOUR tye. Looks good!

  2. awesome!!

  3. Your hubbs is a GREAT sport! What a sweetie- mine would laugh at me for even asking- lol :) You did a great job and if you didn’t mention the mistakes I wouldn’t even know! Love this post! Thanks for linking your project at Whatcha Got Weekend!! :) xo

  4. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  5. Great tie! How frustrating not to have the right fabric when you need it!!

  6. This is beautiful! I always love your creative space..thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. Love the tie, great tutorial and fun pictures! Thanks so much for sharing! ;)

  8. What a great tutorial, I’m so happy I found you! Hugs
    P.S. I used to wear ties all of the time ( many years ago)

  9. Hi Marissa!
    Great job on the tie! It looks you two have lots of fun! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  10. Great tutorial! Love this tie!

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  11. this is so cool, Marissa. we love it so much we are featuring it tomorrow on the blog. Do grab the featured button if you fancy so. votation starts tomorrow. have a lovely weekend!

  12. This is so awesome! My bro-in-law would love this tie! I am totally making it for his Christmas present! :) Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @

  13. This is awesome!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)

  14. Love this! Thanks for sharing @’Sew Cute Tuesday’! I’ll be featuring you on 8/02, so be sure to stop by and grab a ‘featured’ button!

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