I saw a link on pinterest for "little guy ties" and they claimed you could make one in 20 minutes. I got together with a friend of mine a couple weeks ago and we set about making some Sunday finery for our kiddos. I'm willing to bet you could, no doubt, put one of these ties together in 20 minutes if you do not currently have a little boy to put the tie on. Otherwise, count on it taking quite a bit longer. After an hour and a half, I still wasn't done cutting out my fabric. Following a 4 hours marathon, I had 8 half finished ties. The next day during naps, I was able to finish the neck bands for all 8, no sweat. They really are simple. Perhaps a project to do at home so your kids get really good naps instead of at a friends' house. Really Nash & Gray just decided that it was the perfect time to become extremely excited about everything I was doing. No sleep. No sir.
The main debate is whether velcro or elastic is better. In my opinion, elastic wins every time. I made 6 of the 8 with velcro. I will be changing those to elastic in the very near future. SO much easier to get on your boy! And if it ever gets too small, it is so much easier to fix. I sure think they make for handsome gentlemen though. I believe in white shirts and ties for church, so they need a variety to choose from, clearly. This is the equivalent of making fun headbands for little girls in my opinion. I have since made 4 more. 2 navy blue bow ties and silky pink polka-dotted neck ties.
If you do decide to do velcro, be sure to make it the full 16" the pattern calls for. I thought that looked too long for my little, tiny, babes. They are not so little tiny and the neck bands are already too small.
Love these, though! I love feeling like I can make new ties for any occasion. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Weddings, Family Pictures. So great.