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Personalized Father's Day Presents

Martha Stewart Living, June 2001

Belts and ties are the coin of the realm for Father's Day, but they don't have to fly right off the store rack straight into the gift box; add your own personality to the package. Embroider Dad's first or last initial on this year's tie. A simple linen tie makes a good candidate; try embroidery floss in a lighter shade of the same color for a refined monochrome palette. Or make a handsome rack for Dad's new belt: To attach cup hooks to a good wooden hanger, first drill holes with an appropriate-sized bit. (If you try to screw hooks in with your hands without first making holes, the rod might split.) Space holes evenly, about 2 inches apart; if the screws of hooks are too long, snip off ends with wire cutters before screwing them in.

Comments (6)

  • TriciaJay 10 Jun, 2008

    nice. I have an embroidery machine and I will try and make one with that.

  • indy-quilter 9 Jun, 2008

    Do you have a cross-stitch or embroidery alphabet on your website for us to use....?? Often some direction missing for the "average" person.....thanks

  • amazingmae 9 Jun, 2008 has a simple and free pattern for a men's tie if you need one to start with.

  • jmyhogan 9 Jun, 2008

    I wish you would include a pattern for making the tie from fabrics that I can buy.

  • victoriaoz 9 Jun, 2008

    I love the belt hanger idea...and how about painting something on the wooden hanger itself to personalize it ("dad"/his name/favorite sport//etc.)?

  • irenequick 9 Jun, 2008

    This has to be one of the greatest ideas ( the belt hanger)for women also and kids. I plan on starting my Christmas presents now and I will be making several. On my low income, this is an answer for me. I plan on trying the tie also.
    Thank you.