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Making the “Little Guy Tie”…for Oliver!

Oliver will be 8 months tomorrow.  8 MONTHS!!!  This little guy has such a good natured heart and makes everyone around him so happy!  His gummy smile (which has been sore lately from teething) is absolutely contagious.  I mean, I dare you to try and be cranky around him.  Totally impossible.  This kid, I tell ya, he brings a lot of love into our home.  And no — he’s not for sale! ;)


I realized a few weeks ago that Connor (who’s 6 1/2 now) was about Oliver’s age when I created the “Little Guy Tie” pattern over in my shop.  I remember living in our small apartment in Rexburg, Idaho and realizing that Connor could sit up…so I started taking pictures in his little ties, that I had recently designed.  (This blog was born soon after that.)  I always loved seeing my chubby-cheeked little baby Connor in his ties for any special occasion…….and now I love seeing little Oliver in them as well! 


Dang it, babies in ties are just too cute!




They are sturdy ties that are created to look permanently “tied”.  So no adjusting is necessary.  Just secure right around their neck…and done!




They are lined and on the stiffer side….so even if they grab them or drool on them, they will definitely keep their shape!




The velcro closure allows for size expansion and is also really fast to secure in place.




I can’t tell you how many times I have made these for baby showers and birthday gifts.  They are quick and unique….and can be made in so many different colors/patterns.  I generally gift them with a new little button up shirt and call it good! :)




And did I mention Oliver is teething?  How do I know, you ask?  Well, this is why…



Haha.  This picture makes me laugh so hard……but I know the poor kid has such sore gums.  But you know, the full hand chew really compliments the tie though, don’t you think? ;)



Alright buddy, 3 new ties for you!  And wowee, you are one handsome little fella!




The LITTLE GUY TIE pattern can be found here.


***A question I get a lot is if the size 3T will work for bigger kids.  I have used this same pattern to make so many ties for Connor, even past the 3T size.  I just extended out the end of the tie (with the point) a little longer and it worked great.  The faux knot and the neck strap were cut out the same as the 3T size… was just the tie length that was extended.  Pretty simple.


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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Marlene Norton says:

    I want to buy this pattern but the link I used wouldn’t let me. I have the perfect 2 year old candidate. Please send me a link or your PayPal address and I’ll send the money.

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  3. SD Laurie says:

    So adorable I can hardly stand it. I’m a newbee to sewing, I just hope I can pull this off. My niece is having a baby boy in about three months and I want to make this for him to wear to church on Sundays. Thanks so much for sharing.

    For Oliver’s teething put an ice cube in one of Oliver’s socks, tie a knot in the sock at the top of the ice cube, get it slightly wet and give it to him to chew on. The ice numbs the gums, the sock soaks up the excess water so it doesn’t make a mess and the tip of it he can hold onto without it getting too cold to hold.

  4. Suzy says:

    I bought your pattern last night and am just starting my second tie, I absolutely love it thanks! One of the best patterns I’ve bought for explaining things thoroughly for beginners :)

  5. Jonna Reber says: .
    These are so adorable. I have a grandson named Owen, and I would love to make these for him

  6. Huong Tran says:

    Awwwww, he is super duper adorable especially with this cute tie. I guess my little boy will need one on my sister wedding in this summer too =)
    Note: I have been reading your blog a while (back when I just started to learn English), and you are the one who gave me inspiration to crafting, especially sewing. Thank you for always share your happiness here, so we as your readers can always have a place to find beautiful things.
    Huong Tran

  7. Nani says:

    This has to be the cutest little guy tie and baby ever :) I am not a quick one with a needle and thread, but will quickly learn to be better because my baby boy totally deserves to look as adorable as Oliver with a tie. Absolutely precious! Thanks for sharing. Also wanted to note how I too am looking for a Conner and Oliver tie picture :)

  8. Liz Allen says:

    OMG! My grandsons name is Oliver, and he too is 8 months! Also the happiest baby ever!! The ties are way cute and my Oliver should have one as well!!

  9. Cyndi says:

    i know two new grands that will be getting some ties in the near future!

  10. Kristina Noall says:

    He’s darling!! Hope you’re settling in well :)

  11. Sheena says:

    Connor is so handsome in his tie!! Love it!!

  12. Priscilla from CA says:

    Wow, look at how big he is!! He’s the new Connor baby, isn’t he? I seem to remember that Connor wore handmade ties, too…

  13. Sonja (mimi) says:

    Oliver is an adorable baby. I love your blog. Thanks for the tie pattern.

  14. Marge says:

    So cute and so sweet! He’s growing so fast. I also was hoping you had a pic with both boys. Maybe soon?

  15. Annie says:

    He is so cute! The tie would be perfect for Easter!

  16. lindsey s says:

    ohhhh he is so sweet – i might have to make a couple of these for my son who was 1 last week

  17. Southern Gal says:

    He is precious. And I love the tie.

  18. Kelly says:

    Oh, so cute! I’ll admit I was hoping for a side-by-side of him and baby Connor in their ties!

  19. Dar says:

    Your ideas are great, and your children are beyond cute! Love these ties!!

  20. Tamar says:

    put a P in hotos :)

  21. Tamar says:

    Oh my goodness… I know this is about the ties… BUT the truth is it’s about the little guy in the tie. It’s true the man makes the suit :) What a sweet boy. Thank you for sharing your hotos with us…that’s no small gift.

  22. Angela says:

    Awwww he looks a lot likehow I remember Connor looking! Loooooove baby ties

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