This one is just for fun. We were looking at vintage images of
Thanksgiving turkeys in all stages of life and after-life. When we
a few in a logical order, it suddenly looked like - a Thanksgiving
So here is our Thanksgiving necktie that
illustrates the evolution of the turkey from "doing well" to
We bought a cheap, white silk tie at a thrift
store as our basis. Applying the images is simple with iron on transfer
sheets for your ink jet printer.
We believe this tie would be extra-special with
the addition of a small wishbone charm at the bottom - just to drive
the point home. We've given you a wishbone pattern on the PDF download,
in case you are inclined to stitch your own.
The classic vintage images are
yours FREE as a PDF download, already sized and mirror-formatted. Just click on the "vintage images" link
in the list of materials below.
Necktie, silk or smooth fabric, solid white or
other light color (see Tips).
Corrugated cardboard or tagboard.
Detail or embroidery scissors.
the vintage image onto iron on transfer paper. You will notice that the
stacked images (on the left side of the PDF page) are already in mirror
format as required for the heat transfer process. Trim carefully around the image
with detail scissors.
Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard about 14"
long and tapered to fit the inside of the tie. If the tie is stitched
closed down the seam, carefully remove about 14" of the stitches and
clip the thread. Insert the cardboard into the tie to provide a smooth
surface (see Tips).
the iron on transfer image face down on the tie, about 2 1/2" from the
bottom point and centered horizontally. Follow the transfer sheet
manufacturer's instructions to press the image onto the tie
with the iron (see Tips).
Carefully remove the backing paper from the transferred image.
Touch up the creased edges of the tie with the
iron, if necessary, being careful not to let the hot iron touch the
image. It will melt and smear (Voice of Experience).
If you removed the back stitching on the tie,
glue the seam together again with fabric glue.
If you have a wishbone charm or want to
embroider one, by all means add this embellishment to the bottom of
your Thanksgiving tie. And "tie one on" this Thanksgiving!
are many brands of iron on transfer
sheets available for your ink jet printer. We used
Tulip™ Inkjet Photo Transfer Paper.
Read the printing instructions carefully, because only one side of the
sheet can be
used for printing and the iron's temperature setting is important.
Adjust your printer for matte photo paper to achieve the best
color results on the transfer
The color and texture of the tie are important
because an iron on transfer lets the color and texture show through.
Choose a very smooth fabric, like silk, and as light a color as
possible. We used white, which helped make the image colors more vivid.
The reason for the cardboard insert in the tie
is to provide a smooth, rigid surface for ironing and to prevent the
back seam from embossing a line down the front of the tie.
Neckties are fragile,temperamental things, so
you must take
precautions. Be sure the hot iron won't ruin the surface of the fabric
by testing it first, somewhere it won't show. If you get a bad effect
like a gloss,
try pressing it under a sheet of white paper. Also, you want to beware
of ruining the creased edges of the tie. Try to keep them precisely
folded and away
from the hot iron.