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Things you'll need to "skinnify" a tie:

1) An iron and ironing board
2) fabric glue
3) scissors
4) marker
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Step 1: Split open the tie

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Use scissors to remove the strip(s) of fabric on the back that are used to tuck the tail of tie into. Then use scissors to split open the back of the tie.

Since a single strand of thread holds the whole tie together, once you snip that strand, you should be able to pull it out without continuing to cut it, but this takes some practice. If you need to, just cut the thread as you go.

Split the tie all the way up to the skinny part.

Step 2: Trim the felt insert

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Pull the felt insert out of the silk pocket at the wide end of the tie.

Flip the skinny end of the tie onto the felt. You'll use this as a guide for trimming the felt. (Ensure that the tie is at least wide enough to hide the tail of the tie behind itself.)

Use a marker to mark off the excess felt.

Lift the felt away from the tie and iron the tie flat.

Tuck the skinnified felt back into the silk pocket.

Step 3: Fold the tie over the felt and trim excess material

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With the felt tucked into the silk pocket and the felt aligned squarely in the middle of the tie, carefully fold the one side of the silk over the felt. Be careful not to let the felt slide around as you are folding the silk over.

Use the iron to put a new crease into the tie as you fold. Fold and iron in portions as you move up the tie.

After you've folded one side and ironed it flat, trim any excess material. 

Fold the other side of the tie over the felt. Trim excess material, but still leave enough to recreate the folded pleat (you can see this in the last photo included with this step). This extra fold of material is not absolutely necessary but it will give the finished tie a more polished look.
ZaneEricB2 years ago
Yeah... I hate my big ties...thanks!
010101102 years ago
what would I have to do to make the bottom square for a Lupin the third cosplay I've been trying to put together.
Keaters (author)  010101102 years ago
Try cutting the felt square at the bottom, then fold the pointy end of the tie up and glue it in place.
The Rambler2 years ago
That's an awesome idea and a really great way to modify a tie too expensive to replace or a tie with a design that isn't available anymore.
Keaters (author)  The Rambler2 years ago
Thanks Rambler. I'm certainly not the first person to put together a How-To for "skinnifying" a tie, but I preferred my "no sew" method better and thought I'd share it for those not interested in breaking out a sewing kit.
3366carlos2 years ago
you da man!
Keaters (author)  3366carlos2 years ago
Thanks carlo$