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How to add faux shoulder ties // a Eucalypt tutorial

Eucalypt faux shoulder ties variation

Hey everyone, Holly here! Just popping in to share a really fun, but quick and easy Eucalypt hack with you today. This actually came about because I had originally wanted to make actual tie straps on my most recent Eucalypt tank. But I got too ahead of myself, and I cut out the fabric pieces before I altered the pattern. Doh! So instead, after it was complete, I created these little knot bows ties to add to the shoulders to create a faux tie look. Which actually turned out to be better, because then they can be removed at any time that I want just the simple, flat strap. So it’s like having two tanks in one!

This is going to be a super simple tutorial, since it doesn’t actually have anything to do with hacking the actual pattern – just creating a small add on piece. Ok, let’s go!

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTo create the faux ties, start by folding a scrap piece of paper in half.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow, keep in mind that you can make your ties any shape or length that you want. I have a few shape examples above. But for this tutorial, I’m just going to show you the short, rounded ties on the left.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsStarting at the fold of your paper, create your rounded tie strap using the estimated measurements above (again, these are not set in stone measurements. You can play around and find the size that you like. This is just what I used.)

If you are making this on a mini Eucalypt for a smaller child, make your tie a little smaller like the one on the top.

Also note – these measurements include 1/2″ seam allowance.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsCut your shape out on the fold. When you unfold it, you have the full tie shape, even on both sides.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsCut out 4 pieces from your fabric.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace two pieces together, right sides together, and pin around the edges.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew together 1/2″ from the raw edge, leaving a 1″-ish gap in the center.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTrim back your seam allowance. If you have pinking shears, use them because it both trims the seam allowance and clips/notches at the same time. If not, just trim with regular scissors and clip in to the remaining seam allowance around the curves.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen Patternshow to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn right side out by pulling through the opening you left. Press flat once right side out. Stitch the opening closed using a slipstitch by hand or by using your machine and sewing close to the edge.

Repeat for the second pair of fabric pieces to create the second tie.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow bring over your tank!

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace your tie right underneath the shoulder seam, and knot.

how to add faux ties to the straps of the Eucalypt tank and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTa-da! You can secure the knit ties in place with a few stitches, or you can leave them as-is so that they can be easily removed.

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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