Boy Issues

Pinterest Fail: The Tie Edition

Guys, I just finished making a tie for my son out of an old tie from my husband. And let me tell you, I won’t be doing it again. As a Man-Cub Mama, it seems like the only way I can dress up my son is through ties. I take this challenge very seriously. We have had a variety of ties for our son, which he rotates through on Sundays for church.

For those of you who follow us on Pinterest, you’ll notice we have a board entitled “Dapper Boys” with pins of an overly-ambitious and now-wiser Mama R. I consider myself an amateur sewer, although I can hem pants by hand and sew a straight line using a sewing machine. So when I found these pins that looked pretty easy and the descriptions guaranteed finishing within 20-30 minutes, I was sold.

For those of you who are awesome at sewing, read no further. You have probably finished a bow tie by now. But for those of you who are on the same sewing level as I am, beware. This project took me no less than three hours to do. These three hours were spread over three months, because it was just too overwhelming to do all at once.

In my pursuit for sewing ease, I ended up starting with one tutorial, combining it with second tutorial, and then finishing up with a third tutorial. For those of you who are dying to know how it turned out, here’s the picture:

You may be thinking, “That actually looks decent.” To which I say, “You’re right.” You see, it’s not just how it turns out that makes something a Pinterest fail. It’s the extra time and frustration that you didn’t expect. It’s bailing on one tutorial and switching to another because you realize what you are trying to do is not realistic.

However, Pinterest doesn’t always fail me.  I have found hope through a no-sew method called “hot glue gun.” This method, by the way, I totally recommend.  If you are interested in a super easy way of making a tie for your son, make a bow tie out of felt. Two felt strips glued at the edges and then pulled together in the middle with a smaller strip. Stick an elastic through and you’re done.

From now on, I’ll be making no-sew ties at home or buying ties from the store.

What Pinterest fails have you had recently?