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101 Recycled Necktie Craft Projects You Have to Try (Part 1 - Bag It!)

Updated on October 18, 2014

Neckties - Find Your Inspiration

Men's neckties! The styles change so often that they end up in the necktie graveyards that are secondhand shops across the country (if they're lucky).

More importantly, ties can have sentimental value to us... a lost relative's collection can bring back warm memories and comfort. My father (who is still in great shape at age 83 - thank goodness!) dressed in a suit and tie every work day for more than 30 years. His work put many in my family through school, helped us toward our personal goals, and supported us through some tough times. I created this page as I was searching for ways to commemorate his ties, as a symbol of what he did for all of us over the years. I hope to use his ties in projects for my siblings that can be handed down through the generations of our family someday.

As a result, on this page, you will find the first of 6 pages of tutorials and ideas (101 in total) for how to use all of those pre-loved men's neckties out there - they are perfect for a wide variety of craft projects!

#1 - The ties from the body of this Handbag extend up to become the handles of the purse giving it nice flow. This is a great design from CraftyPod!
#1 - The ties from the body of this Handbag extend up to become the handles of the purse giving it nice flow. This is a great design from CraftyPod! | Source


Blue jeans, ties and a few other supplies come together to create this very cute, very feminine Recycled Purse from HGTV. Check it out!

Eight ties, a sewing machine and some thread... that's all you need to create this Ultra-Cool Purse from Sonya Style. With these instructions, it can be your style too! I especially like the way the vertically sewn ties come together to create a scalloped flap over the top.

A student (or anyone really) will be ready to go with this School Bag all packed for the day! This CraftBits lesson gives detailed, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos for making this bag.
A student (or anyone really) will be ready to go with this School Bag all packed for the day! This CraftBits lesson gives detailed, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos for making this bag. | Source

Big Bags & Totes

This is hands down my favorite project on this page. Maybe it is because I love tote bags almost as much as I love necktie projects. If you like Tote Bags, this is definitely the one for you. All you need is two ready made cloth napkins and two neckties. Watch this 2 minute video to get started.

This zakka life page celebrates hand crafted handbags, and my favorite is made from neckties. The picture is from a 1979 needlecraft magazine! I love the inspiration I find in this retro-modern Carry All Bag!


One more thing you can pick up from thrift shops... I love to get old purses with funky handles, take them apart, and use the pieces I like for new purses and handbags like some of those above.

Video Tutorials - Bags

Have you made something new with recycled neckties?

Have you made something new with recycled neckties?

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More Necktie Craft Projects

I truly hope you loved these 15 tutorials and ideas for bag projects! There are so many I have tried and want to try. For more inspiration with other necktie craft projects, visit the other 5 parts of 101 Necktie Crafts You Have to Try

Link Party Connections

Here are parties and blog hops this page is linked to. Click on any of them to find hundreds more ideas, recipes, crafts, and much more!

Which idea caught your imagination?

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      3 years ago

      Very inspiring ideas

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      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Love the skirt that was shown. I once made a pillow cover of woven ties.

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      4 years ago

      Wow...great ideas here! Love the antique chair with the necktie seat. Very creative!

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      4 years ago

      Awesome awesome awesome! I cannot wait to make these things!

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      4 years ago

      love the bag idea- will try this one!

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      4 years ago

      I love all the imaginative projects - particularly the necklace designs.

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      Judy Filarecki 

      4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      This brings back so many memories of my childhood when my mom used old neck ties to make quilts for my 3 sisters and I for our beds to keep us warm in the winter. This was in the 40's during and after WW II.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I would love that lampshade. What a great idea!

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      4 years ago

      Lamp shade, bag, skirt

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      4 years ago

      Such an imaginative and informative lens, full of wonderful tips for recycling unwanted clothes. Well done!

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      4 years ago

      So many great ideas for using neckties. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      4 years ago

      Wow this is an amazing post - I love it! Love the jeans and the snakes - wishing I had some ties handy!!

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Really good project that anyone could do and it looks like there are even more ideas than I could have imagined.

    • blestman lm profile image

      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow, this lens is over the top. Great info. Thank you. My wife has a necktie skirt that was made by her grandmother but this is the first time I have seen another one.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love upcycled projects! Pinned here: & blessed :)

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      We have some neckties that would be perfect for any of these projects! I love upcycling and recycling items.

    • Johanna Eisler profile image

      Johanna Eisler 

      5 years ago

      I like a lot of them, but am very interested in the necklaces! Great lens - lots of fun! Thank you! :)

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      5 years ago from Ecuador

      Awesome Lens, very details and full of ideas!

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      5 years ago

      Hard to say. But the ball gown got my curiosity for sure!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Wow.. Pretty cool crafting ideas for using mens ties. These are really cleaver. Glad you pulled together all of this together in one page for us,

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      5 years ago

      I loved the necklace with the knotted up beads, thought the cell case was interesting, really like the chair bottom weaving, and thought the snakes were really cute. Great lens!

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      superbob17 lm 

      5 years ago

      I really like the idea of a necktie cell phone case. I would have never even thought about doing that.


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