I took a hand-me-down green shirt we had and found some cool fabric with little bugs on it. I cut out two pieces- one for the knot and the other for the body of the tie. Since I don't have a serger, I thought I needed to fold the edges over to sew down so it wouldn't unravel. Did that and ironed them down. I also used fabric glue to tack the whole thing to the shirt. That's when I noticed that I didn't quit have the knot the right size to line up perfectly with the other part. Did I fix this? NO, I said "It's handmade! This gives it character!"
I did roughly the same process to make an initial tee for Eleanor. Only hers took a lot more cutting, folding and sewing. It might be on there a bit crooked, too.
Having given it a go, I am thinking that it would of been nice to splurge for a shirt at The Rocking Pony. I have my eye on those monster shirts, so maybe I can get one of those for Easter. I mean, maybe Sean can get one. And Aidan too, he was disappointed that I didn't make him one.