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

1) An iron and ironing board
2) fabric glue
3) scissors
4) marker

Step 1: Split open the tie

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.
Yeah... I hate my big ties...thanks!
what would I have to do to make the bottom square for a Lupin the third cosplay I've been trying to put together.
Try cutting the felt square at the bottom, then fold the pointy end of the tie up and glue it in place.
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.
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.
you da man!
Thanks carlo$

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