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Support Local showcase: Ottawa fabric + DIY kid’s tie

By Karen Diepeveen on November 17, 2013

Gabe from Political Circus has struck again with her crazy creativity – this year for Support Local month, she’s come up with an Ottawa street scene fabric, screen printed on fat quarters (about a quarter of a square metre).

While the fabric is beautiful enough to frame, there are a bunch of ways to get even more creative with it. At Fabrications, where the fabric is available for the month of November, you’ll see table runners and pillows all set to add to your Ottawa home. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, we took a stab at a project of our own. It was the kids’ turn to sport some Support Local fashion, since the grownups are having all the fun with the Support Local tshirts. And so we present a DIY kid’s tie.

You don’t have to be a super talented sewer to take this on. We found a simple pattern for a baby tie over at the Just Sweet and Simple blog – feel free to make up your own!


  • 1 fat quarter, screen printed Ottawa fabric
  • matching thread
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • pins
  • iron
  • pattern (you’ll need a printer!)
  • sewing machine (optional)
  • interfacing (optional)


1. Cut your fabric using this little pattern. (They use interfacing, we didn’t. Using it will just give your tie a little more structure.)
2. Main body of tie: Match right sides together. Sew along dotted lines marked on pattern (we used a 3/8″ seam allowance, which worked just fine).

Knot fabric: Fold in half lengthwise. Sew along dotted lines marked on pattern (again, we used a 3/8″ seam allowance).

tie 3 3. Ironing: Turn pieces right side out, poking out the corners of the main body of the tie with the handle of a spoon or chop stick. Press each piece.

(We’ve already started on step 4 in this photo…)
tie 4 4.The tie: Fold the outer corners of the tie in, so they meet in the middle. Press. Tack them down with a few stitches. Hand sew some loose stitches across the top of the tie. Pull gently on these stitches to gather the top of the tie together.
tie 5 5. Fold the knot. Here are some good instructions. This was the most finicky part. Have patience! And be ready to chop off some of the knot fabric if you find it is too long to make the knot. Feel free to press it, pin it, or handsew it together in a few places so that it doesn’t fall apart during the next step.
tie 6 6. Final touches. Tuck the top, gathered end of the tie into the knot. Secure from the back with several tight hand stitches. Attach a safety pin to the back of the knot, handsewing it tightly so it won’t fall off.

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Et voila! Easy as pie, and your kid looks pretty snazzy, too.