Making a Clip-On Tie

Updated April 17, 2017

Turning a regular tie into a clip-on tie is a simple process that only involves scissors, cotton and clothing snaps. If you're in a hurry to get to work in the morning, a clip-on tie can save time and hassle. Since the selection of clip-on ties available for purchase is limited, creating one at home may provide you with more options. Also known as secure ties, clip-on ties are often worn by security guards to avoid accidents during a confrontation. They are convenient and safe.

Put the tie around your neck and knot it in front as you would for a standard tie.

Pull the tie but allow for 1 to 2 inches of slack.

Have someone cut the tie in the middle of the collar at the back of your neck. Avoid cutting the tie too much on one side or the other, as it will create an imbalance when you finish sewing on the snaps.

Remove the tie and sew the knot so that it holds in place. Use strong, transparent glue if you do not want to sew. Watch for visible threads or glue.

Hem the tie ends that were just cut to prevent fraying.

Sew the snaps on the right and left ends of the tie, ensuring that the snaps are aligned and in identical positions. Check to see if the tie lines up in a balanced way in the back.

Put on the clip-on tie and adjust if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Tie
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread that matches the tie
  • 2 sets of snaps for clothing
  • Superglue
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Kay Tang is a journalist who has been writing since 1990. She previously covered developments in theater for the "Dramatists Guild Quarterly." Tang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Yale University and completed a Master of Professional Studies in interactive telecommunications at New York University.