Mad Like Alyce

Hogwarts House Ties DIY

Harry Potter tie diy

Do you know what Hogwarts house you belong to? If you are reading this, there is a good chance you do! (If not, never fear. You can take the official sorting quiz at Pottermore.com.) Now you can show off your house pride with a DIY Hogwarts House tie! Never fear, a sewing machine isn’t required, and in fact, you can even “hack” this DIY to be completely no sew if a needle and thread just isn’t for you.

Harry Potter tie 11

Hogwarts House Tie DIY

You will need:

  • An actual tie for reference (Not totally necessary, but helpful)
  • Pencil and long piece of paper, or multiple pieces taped together
  • Straight edge, like a ruler
  • 6 inch x 5 ft piece of fabric. Cutting six inches off a bolt at the fabric counter works great.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fabric pins
  • Sewing machine*
  • Needle and thread matching your fabric color.*
  • Fabric paint pen. Use gold for Gryffindor, Silver for Slytherin, Bronze/Copper for Ravenclaw, and Black for Hufflepuff.

* If you chose the no-sew option, you can use a hot glue gun instead. See option in instructions below.

Instructions:

1. Start by making your “pattern.” Note, you can find actual patterns online or buy them in a hobby store, but my version simplifies it a bit. Not perhaps a tutorial you would want to use for wedding ties, lets say, but for a photo prop or costume, it works great! To create my pattern, I used an actual tie for reference. First, measure the width at the widest point, and note half of this measurement (if it is 3 inches wide, note 1.5 inches).

Trace the bottom point of the tie and extend the points out using the straight edge by the half measurement you noted.

Harry Potter tie 1

2. Then, every few inches, measure the width of the actual tie. Then take half of that width, and measure and mark that outside of the sides of the tie. The idea is to make your pattern large enough that the tie will fold into itself and meet in the center in the back of the tie. So, if the tie is 2 inches wide at one point, measure 1 inch on each side and mark with a dot. Do this up the full length of the tie** and then connect the dots with the straight edge to form the lines of your pattern.

** If you cut 6 inches from a bolt of fabric, or wet with my 5 ft length estimate, it may not be the length of an actual tie. Don’t worry, it should still be long enough to tie a basic knot.

3. Cut out your pattern, then trace onto the back of your fabric. (A pencil usually works for this, but fabric pencils may be needed if you have a dark fabric.) Cut out the tie from your fabric.

Harry Potter tie 2

4. This step is completely based on your comfort level. You will want to first fold in edges that form the point of the tie about 1/4 inch and pin them, then iron them down for a straight edge. If you have a sewing machine, great! Sew away. If you are hand sewing, go ahead and hand stitch this part. If you don’t want to sew, use a thin line of hot glue inside the folded edge and press down gently.

Harry Potter tie 3

5. Next, fold in the sides of the tie so they meet in the middle and pin in place. I worked my way up slowly to match each side. Iron down flat.

Harry Potter tie 4

6. If you have a sewing machine (and want this look) you can now sew along the sides of the tie, as you can see was done with the Slytherin tie.

Harry Potter tie 5

Harry Potter tie 10

If you don’t have a machine or just simply don’t want to sew it, just ironing works (this is all I did for the Gryffindor tie) and you can skip to the next step.

Harry Potter tie 12

 

6. Using a needle and thread, gently hand stitch a few stitches to keep the two folded together pieces held together, placing stitches every few inches up the back of the tie. Trim away any loose threads.

7. Finally, use the fabric paint pen to draw on your lines. I started using a straight edge, but realized it looked just fine free handing it. I also didn’t go the full length of the tie, as only the first 2 feet will really be visible once it is tied.

Harry Potter tie 6

8. Let it dry, and you are done! Here is a quick video on how to tie a tie. Even if you haven’t tied one before, you can get it looking pretty decent after a few tries.

Harry Potter tie DIY 7

Hello!

Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Instagram

  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

@madlikealyce

Costume & Makeup Tutorials

Follow Me