This adorable Shirt And Tie Father’s Day Card uses real fabric for the tie. It’s a great homemade card for kids of all ages to make, and a super way to use up some fabric scraps.
Earlier this week, we made a necktie card that smelled like shaving cream (very cool), and today we made a shirt and tie card, but unlike the classic paper shirt and tie card, we used fabric for the tie and we added real buttons for even more texture and interest.
We think they turned out pretty cool.
Note: If you don’t have fabric scraps on hand, you could also use patterned scrapbook paper or wallpaper samples for your tie.
And don’t limit this card to just Father’s Day! This would make a great homemade card for Dad’s birthday, or for grandpa or an uncle, or even a male teacher.
Let me show you how we made our cards. The process is really easy.
- fabric scraps
- low heat glue gun
- plain paper to make tie template
click here to print our tie template
Shirt and Tie Father’s Day Card How-To:
Choose your fabric
First, we rifled through our bag of fabric scraps for our funkiest fabrics. We looked for bold colours, patterns and florals for our ties. Your tie will be about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide at the widest part.
Make a tie template to trace (or print ours)
While the kids were sorting and choosing their fabrics, I cut out a paper tie to use as a template for our fabric tie. You can make your own tie template, or you can print our tie template (below).
Printable Tie Template for Shirt and Tie Card
Cut out your tie
To cut out our ties, we placed the paper template on the fabric, and cut around the template. The older kids were able to do this themselves, but the younger kids found it challenging to keep the template in place while cutting, so I cut some of the ties for them. If your fabric is thick, you may need to use kitchen shears or fabric scissors rather than kids’ scissors.
How to fold a paper shirt card
Turning a piece of paper into a collared shirt is easy. You just have to make a few cuts to make a collar that you can fold into place.
Here’s an overview of how you’ll cut and fold your card stock to make your shirt card:
Father’s Day Shirt Card Template
1. Start by folding a piece of card stock in half to form your card.
2. Cut off a 1¼ inch strip from the back of the card.
3. On the front of your card, make a long snip in from each side.
Make these snips 1¼ down from the top so the front and back of the card are even. You’ll want to leave about an inch and a half gap between the two snips.
4. To get an idea of how your collar will look, bend the snipped pieces downwards at an angle so the points meet. Don’t glue them in place yet though. You’ll need to glue your tie to the card first.
Glue your tie to the card
On the front of your card, line the top of your tie up with the snips, and glue it in place.
Fold down the collar
Next, fold your collar pieces so the two points meet on top of the tie,and glue those in place. If you crease your collar sharply so it lies flat, regular white glue should hold the collar in place. If you want your collar to be a little more 3-D, you won’t crease your collar as sharply and you’ll likely need a glue gun to glue down the points of your collar.
The hooligans love any excuse to use our low heat glue guns.
Next, using white glue or your glue gun, glue a couple of buttons to the points of the collar.
Your kids can always add more buttons to their shirt and tie like some of the hooligans did.
Have the kids finish by writing a message on or in your Father’s Day card. You can borrow the pun from our other tie card, and say something like “Dad, you’re tie-rrific!” or “Have a “tie-riffic Father’s Day!”
And there you go! Another adorable shirt and tie card for the kids to make for Father’s Day.
Homemade Father’s Day Gifts:
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.