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Upcycled Neckties - Ten Fun Craft Ideas and DIY Projects

Updated on October 3, 2015
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It's no secret that I've been on an upcycled crafts kick lately. I can't get enough of it! With Father's Day just around the corner, I keep thinking about neckties and how funny it is that they're the cliché Father's Day gift. Though I get the feeling that for a lot of men, all these wonderful ties are just getting added to the pile that he already has more to choose from than occasions to wear them...

So I imagine it's no coincidence that thrift stores are also overflowing with old unwanted neckties, and subsequently why it's such a perfect and popular candidate for upcycled crafting! There really are some lovely colors and patterns out there, and some luxurious fabrics that a crafty girl like myself tends to salivate over. It can be quite embarrassing sometimes.

Anyway, this is a collection of ten fun crafty tutorials using men's neckties, including two of my own! I hope you find this list inspiring and that it may spark some creative necktie project ideas of your own! Click on any of the links below to find the tutorial for each project.

Upcycled Necktie iPhone or iPod Pouch Case Tutorial

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DIY upcycled necktie pouch | Source

This is a pretty easy step-by-step tutorial for how to make a pouch iPhone or iPod case from an old necktie!

This project is from my blog and trust me when I say this is a simple sewing project - I'm no expert with a needle and thread, and I don't even have a sewing machine. I kept staring at one of my Dad's discarded old circa 1970s crazy old ties thinking, "Geez, that's a little garish to wear as a tie...but that fabric is pretty cool...wonder what I can make with it!" And this is one of the projects I came up with.

The other is a really cute belt made from the part of the tie I had left over when I finished:

Make a Cute Belt from an Old Necktie! - Tutorial

How to make a belt from an old necktie
How to make a belt from an old necktie | Source

Another simple sewing project with tons of photos and step-by-step instructions; see the complete tutorial for how to make a belt from an old necktie on my blog. I used hook and eye closures, but you can have fun with snaps or buttons too! If you look at the necktie pouch tutorial above, I show you how to set snaps there.

Fun so far? Keep going - there are 8 more inspiring DIY Necktie Crafts for you!

Necktie Craft Books:

Daddy's Ties
Daddy's Ties

Got tons of ties your dad or husband no longer wears? Use them to make pillows, lamp shades, wall quilts or art-to-wear. Create new treasures from old ties that are probably the same ones that you have given as gifts on Father's Day, birthdays and Christmas. This book is packed with over 30 functional and keepsake projects. Included are full-size patterns, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, plus inspiration, ideas, tips and techniques to create even more!

 

Make Your Own Ruffled Tie Necklace! - Tutorial by Coco and Cocoa

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Julie{isCocoandCocoa} shows us how she made this super cute Ruffled Tie Necklace with great photos and step-by-step instructions. Hop on over to her blog and find out how to make your own!

I just love the feminine coral pink with the masculine stripes; what a great look!

Make a Headband From an Old Tie - Tutorial by A Red Ribbon

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Thanks to A Red Ribbon, we can all make a sweet headband from an old necktie even with limited sewing skills like mine! You actually don't have to sew a stitch - this crafty girl uses fabric glue (one of my own favorite tricks!) but if you're itchin' to stitch then you're encouraged to go that route instead.

Fabric Necklace Project Using Old Neckties - Tutorial by Artstar by Aletha

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I just love these fun fabric necklaces made from old neckties from Artstar by Aletha. Her tutorial instructions and photos are great, plus she made a video to help with the trickiest parts.

I cannot WAIT to try this one!!

DIY Upcycled Men's Ties Cuff Bracelets - Tutorial by Linda Eve

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These clever cuffs are from Linda Eve's Blog. If you take a look, you'll find a great how-to post for making these cool bracelets from old men's ties and I believe her when she says you'll want to make a bunch! These are the scrap ends from her other fun necktie upcycling projects!

Linda has a shop on Etsy where she sells her upcycled goods, AND she has a destash/ supplies section where you can find lots of color coordinated men's ties for sale. Check it out!

How to Make a Woven Necktie Seat for an Old Chair - Tutorial by Tool Girl Mag Ruffman

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Tool Girl Mag Ruffman shows us how to use upcycled neckties to give an old chair a spiffy new seat. This is one of those things I see and I go, "Cool! Why didn't I think of that??" I especially love this idea because it seems there is no shortage of chairs with broken seats sitting out on the curb every month around my neighborhood for bulk trash pickup. Maybe one of these days I'll have the guts to grab one and bring it home!

Make a Necktie Cozy for your Cup - Tutorial by Lime and Aqua Studio

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Lime and Aqua Studio has a great step-by-step tutorial for how to sew an upcycled necktie cup coozie. You can use velcro or a button, or even a snap closure.

Another crazy tie pattern that looks totally awesome as something else entirely; I dig it!

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DIY Placemats and Napkin Rings with Upcycled Neckties - Tutorial by Diane Gilleland on Craftystylish

This project from Craftystylish is definitely something I never would have thought of: making your own placemats and napkin rings using old neckties!

This is a much more advanced sewing project than the others so far; probably not one I'm ready to tackle without my mom's help (and sewing machine), but it sure is a cool idea and I especially love the pockets!

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Sew a Corset Belt from Upcycled Men's Ties - Tutorial from Craftster.org

Another advanced sewing project, and a very cool one! The DIY tutorial for these necktie corset belts can be found at the bottom of the page; scroll all the way to the bottom after you click the link for the excellent photos and step-by-step instructions!

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That's Ten Fun Necktie DIY Projects!

Do you have a favorite? Scroll down to leave a comment!


Still Hungry for Inspiration?

You may also like:

Upcycled Wine Corks - Five Fun Craft Ideas and Projects - a compilation of DIY tutorial projects to use up that giant stash of wine corks you've been saving for a 'someday' craft moment!

Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear which of these is your favorite, and I hope you've been inspired to create your own upcycled necktie projects!

© 2012 Jessica Barst

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    I have often thought that the necktie was the single most useless article of clothing in the history of man. This article has not changed my opinion one iota but thanks for trying!

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    Jessica Barst 3 years ago from Dallas, TX

    @LynetteBell: Love that idea! Old neckties would make a wonderful cushion cover. Thank you :)

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    LynetteBell 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    Thanks for the ideas. I guess you could also use the woven seat as inspiration to make a cushion cover. My friend's granddaughter made a dress for a school project by stitching ties together. It was really quite fabulous!

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    Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

    I like the iPhone case and the seat for the chair, and the cup cozy.

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    anaeziozioma 3 years ago

    wow i love these projects esp the headband and napkin rings, thanks a lot for these inspiring works, am going to try some of them. please i need tutorials on making beaded necktie

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Hey gals those aren't beads on the outside of the necklace, they're overhand knots. Easy Peasy! kn.ot, bead inside, knot, bead inside etc.

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    Jessica Barst 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

    @anonymous: Hi Barb!

    I believe you may be able to find some big beads with really large holes in them. I don't know for sure how big the hole would have to be but I'd guess around 8-10mm (at least), and they may not be easy to find, but I'm sure there are some out there somewhere! Off the top of my head, I'd suggest looking for wooden beads. I think they are probably most likely to be found with large center holes. Good luck!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    The necktie necklace with wooden beads in side how can I get regular beads on outside between the big beads instead of knots?

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    Jessica Barst 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

    @LauraHofman: Thanks so much for visiting!

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    Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

    Wow what great ideas! I really like the phone pouch, belt, and chair seat projects. I have quite a few old neckties belonging to my father and my husband. Creative suggestions...thank you!

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    chickie99 4 years ago

    fun lens -- neat ideas!!!

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    merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I love all these ideas!!! Great lens!!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Tie .. This is a very special idea, I it with interest. :)

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    Jessica Barst 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

    @LiteraryMind: Thanks, LiteraryMind! I really like that one a lot too. It's very sophisticated and stylish. Glad you dropped in!

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    Jessica Barst 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

    @seegreen: Thanks so much, seegreen! Glad you found some ideas you like. Hope you and your daughters have fun trying some of these necktie projects!

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    seegreen 4 years ago

    So clever! These ideas are brilliant. I REALLY want to try some of them. My daughters will love the belt and headband ideas.

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    Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Some really nice ideas. I like the bead necklace.

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