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Create a Necktie Belt: A Quick Tutorial

Updated on June 17, 2014

Make a Beautiful Silk Belt for a Tunic, Dress, or Jeans!

I am always trying to think of new ways to use old neckties. With their unique, interesting, and sometimes wild patterns, men's silk neckties are just begging to be turned into beautiful new items.

Here's my latest creation - a simple belt that is perfect to spruce up a dress or tunic top or even to add to touch of flair to a pair of blue jeans. And since it takes hardly any time to make, you can whip up a variety to go with any outfit in your closet or to give as gifts to all your friends. I hope you like it!

All photos on this page are my own.

Daddy's Ties - The Best Resource Out There for Upcycling Ties for Nostalgia

Daddy's Ties
Daddy's Ties

Despite all of the potential locked in men's neckties, there are very few resources with great ideas for how to use them. Daddy's Ties is the book to turn to when you have men's neckties you want to use to commemorate a special person in your life. With more than 30 projects that are practical and/or nostalgic, you're sure to find one that fits your needs. Each project has full instructions, pictures, and inspiration for you to use. I highly recommend this book!

 

Necktie Belt Project: Photo Tutorial

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Gather your materials: 1 necktie, 1 triglide, scissors, stick pin, sewing needle, coordinating thread.Open 2-3 inches of the seam on the narrow end of the tie.Cut about 2-3 inches of the padding out of the middle. Fold the silk back into place.Remove any tags on the wide end of the tie to reduce bulk.Loop the first 2 inches of the tie over the center bar of the triglide and pin it in place so you can stitch it down.Use a running stitch to sew the outer edge. Reinforce with a second line inside the first.Ready to wear! Fold the wide end to ease it through the triglide. To adjust the tail length, tuck it under the belt, then wrap it over the belt.
Gather your materials: 1 necktie, 1 triglide, scissors, stick pin, sewing needle, coordinating thread.
Gather your materials: 1 necktie, 1 triglide, scissors, stick pin, sewing needle, coordinating thread.
Open 2-3 inches of the seam on the narrow end of the tie.
Open 2-3 inches of the seam on the narrow end of the tie.
Cut about 2-3 inches of the padding out of the middle. Fold the silk back into place.
Cut about 2-3 inches of the padding out of the middle. Fold the silk back into place.
Remove any tags on the wide end of the tie to reduce bulk.
Remove any tags on the wide end of the tie to reduce bulk.
Loop the first 2 inches of the tie over the center bar of the triglide and pin it in place so you can stitch it down.
Loop the first 2 inches of the tie over the center bar of the triglide and pin it in place so you can stitch it down.
Use a running stitch to sew the outer edge. Reinforce with a second line inside the first.
Use a running stitch to sew the outer edge. Reinforce with a second line inside the first.
Ready to wear! Fold the wide end to ease it through the triglide. To adjust the tail length, tuck it under the belt, then wrap it over the belt.
Ready to wear! Fold the wide end to ease it through the triglide. To adjust the tail length, tuck it under the belt, then wrap it over the belt.

Triglides - on Amazon

Country Brook Design 10 1 Inch Metal Round Wide-Mouth Triglide Slides
Country Brook Design 10 1 Inch Metal Round Wide-Mouth Triglide Slides

Triglides are the world's simplest belt buckles, and they work perfectly for this (and many other) project(s). Easy to use, affordably priced, I love that it comes as a package of 10 so I can play and experiment and create with them. Also, 1 inch is the perfect size for the narrow end of a necktie, which is about 1.5 inches. The 1-inch triglide ends up being about 1.25 inches at the rounded ends, which fits great.

 

If hand-stitching gives you hives...

Don’t worry if your stitching is more functional than pretty. No one will be looking at that when you wear this fun belt.

If you made this belt, where would you have gotten the tie?

If you made this belt, where would you have gotten the tie?

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Do you have a special tie just waiting for an upcycle project? - Whose was it?

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      erleneamat 

      4 years ago

      Interesting way to upcycle an old tie. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday Linky Party.Hope you found some great link ups.

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