Last year I shared some of my Father’s Day Tie Gift Bags. They were very popular, so I made some more for this year. In addition, I have included my templates to make it super easy for you to make some of your own.
Start with a white 9″ x 12″ envelope with the flap at the top, the kind you get at office supply stores. Cut off the flap and make slits in the sides about 2″ below the envelope opening and then fold down these new flaps to make the “collar.” I have included a diagram with the downloadable tie and knot template.
Next comes the fun part—finding a paper that would look good as a tie. With all the closets full of papers I have, deciding on just a few papers is really hard. Is there such a thing as having too much paper?
To make things simpler for myself, I’ve made cardboard templates for the tie and the knot. I even added a half inch on the sides so that I have extra paper that I can fold in. I think it looks a little more “tie-like” with the sides folded. The tie template includes the half inch sides. If you want to make yours super simple, you can just cut your template so there are no sides to fold in (just cut on the fold lines instead of the cut lines).
I suggest printing the template out on thick card stock. Or, if you’re handy with a hobby knife, gluing the printout to some posterboard and cutting it out for a sturdy template to use again and again.
Next lay your template on your chosen paper, and move it around till you find just the right spot for that particular paper. You can see that I positioned the embroidered flowers at the center of the bottom of the tie (see photo above). This was actually planned (at least this time it was).
After cutting and folding, the knot needs to be glued to the tie. I know that my knot isn’t technically the correct shape, but I decided I liked the way it looked graphically. So I went with visually appealing graphic rather than trying for realism. If you wish realism, you can paste the knot upside down from the way I have done here. I use PVA glue as my adhesive, but if you are making your own you can use pretty much any craft glue.
I decided the ties should be removable, so I attach them to the envelopes with small pieces of adhesive Velcro under the knot.
The paper collars tuck nicely behind the knot of the tie, which also holds the bag closed. They are not glued. And, yes, I know that in real life the collar goes in front of the tie, but I like how this folds closed so easily. No tape needed, just a small piece of adhesive Velcro to hold the tie in place.
I hope you enjoy this project. Even though I originally thought of this because of Father’s Day, this gift bag could be used for birthdays and many other gift-giving occasions.
Download: Father’s Day Tie Gift Bag template