How To Make a Tie T-Shirt || Homemade Holiday

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

There is nothing quite like gifting homemade, and these simple DIY Tie T-shirts have continued to be a huge hit among recipients!  Follow my below tutorial to whip-up a few for the special little guys in your life.  Sewing machine optional!

How to make a Tie T-shirt tutorialI’ve been making these fun shirts ever since my little guy was a wee one.  The process is straightforward and easy:

how to make a tie tee shirt

  1. Draw a pattern: I like to use two different patterns.  One for baby onsies and another for toddler sizes up.  I believe that the trick to making the bigger sized tie is to create two separate patten pieces for a snazzy look.
  2.  Select fun fabric: Great fabric is an absolute must.  The above selections are from JoAnne Fabric, Spoonflower and Minted.
  3.  Gather supplies: Necessary supplies include an iron, ironing board, rotary cutter or scissors, material, solid t-shirts or onesies, tie-patten and a package of Heat and Bond.  If you choose to not use a sewing machine purchase the ultra hold Heat & Bond in the red package.  If you stitch the border with a sewing machine like I do – you may want to go with a lighter-weight option.
  4. Apply Heat and Bond and Align Pattern On Fabric: Follow the instructions on the Heat & Bond packaging – ironing the Heat & Bond to the wrong side of your material.  Flip it over and align your pattern pieces on the material.
  5. Cut out your pattern pieces: After carefully aligning your pattern pieces on the material, cut them out with a rotary cutter or scissors.

tie tee shirt how to

  1. Peel the back of the heat and bond off of the material.
  2. Align your tie pieces on the shirt: Carefully align your tie pieces on the shirt. I like to have the top piece slightly overlap the bottom tie piece.
  3. Iron your pieces to the shirt: Follow the instructions on the back of the Heat and Bond for iron settings.  If you’re not sewing – than you are done!
  4. Sew around the borders: I like to use a wide zig-stitch in a contrasting thread color.
  5. Admire your work!

how to make a tie t-shirt

In addition to creating some homemade goodness, it’s always thoughtful to gift essentials. I just put together a Christmas package for a dear friend who happens to be a newly minted mother-of-three boys (under three!).  She’s often bemoaned the fact that diapers and wipes feel like a constant purchase so we’re also sending some of our favorites from Huggies to help get the kiddos through the Holiday Season.  I tucked in a little “diapers and wipes” gift tag along with the trio of shirts to let her know that Huggies Natural Care Wipes and Little Snugglers Diapers will soon be on their way.  Request a sample of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers with a fantastic GentleAbsorb Liner – and Huggies fragrance free, alcohol-free and hypoallergenic, Natural Care Wipes.  Also enter to win your dream registry via  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.

homemade holiday gifts for baby

Cheers to a beautiful Holiday and making great things!



  1. How fun! You are so talented! These are great!

  2. this is awesome, I wondered how these worked, thanks for sharing

  3. If I could have an ounce of your creative abilities, I would take it! Love these t-shirts. Homemade gifts are such a great, meaningful way to go. And I love how you sent Huggies diapers and wipes along with the gift — so cute and useful to a new mama!!

    • Thank you. These are super easy and continue to be a hit among the mama’s that I gift them too. And a new mama can never have too many diapers and wipes – right?

  4. These are so cute. Your little guy looks adorable in the clothes you make for him. You are so talented. I can’t sew to save my life. 🙂

  5. Adorable!! I love the step-by-step guide too! I cannot sew (let alone have much interest in it!) however, after seeing this post yesterday I went to the mall and saw a sweater with a tie on it similar to these-I almost bought it then changed my mind and told myself (after remembering this tutorial) that I could just make one!! That’s a lot coming from me, lol!

  6. Shelley Homel says

    these are really adorable and look so easy that even I could do it! I will definately try

  7. Joni Mason says

    Oh how cute! I want to make one for myself too! Thank you for sharing the directions!

  8. This is such a great and wonderful idea. Thanks for the tips on getting this crafty project on the road.

  9. What an adorable idea!! My daughter’s small group leader at church is having a baby boy very soon -she wanted to make a special gift for him. This will make a unique and fun gift! Thank you!


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