Necktie projects can be fun and challenging as they are beneficial. Free up some closet space and find exciting ways to upcycle and repurpose old ties, just perfect for Fathers' Day!
10 Exciting Necktie Projects You Can Do at Home
Neckties are too expensive to throw away once they’ve served their purpose. With their wonderful prints and patterns, most old ties can be repurposed into something unique and exciting. So clear your closets of neckties that had been gathering dust, prep your sewing station, and let’s start crafting!
1. Turn Your Neckties Into a Pillowcase
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Take advantage of the diverse and colorful prints of your neckties and turn them into a beautiful pillowcase! This sewing project would look perfect in your living room, giving accent and a pop of color to your aesthetic. Take a piece of muslin as a foundation and sew your ties in a criss-cross fashion, or however you want! Learn more by visiting this step-by-step tutorial from Carol Sews.
2. Wrap ‘Em Into Obi Belts
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Add a little flair to your wardrobe with a unique accessory like an Obi belt. This distinctively Asian accessory is so fun to wear and as easy to make! Put the broad ends of your ties together, hand stitch it, and wrap it around your outfit! Easy! Choose coordinating neckties like what Rhonda Buss did with hers, and you’ll have a winner piece in your hands.
3. Make a Neck Pillow
Revamp your neckties into something close to your neck still: neck pillows! Sew together your patchwork of neckties enough to cover a store-bought neck bolster and voila! This genius necktie project from HomeWorkshop.com is not only fantastic, but also relaxing upcycling idea.
4. Convert Ties Into a Pouch
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Turn old neckties into a functional and fashionable pouch. This very easy necktie project is a great gift idea for the men in your life. Pull the stitches from your tie and you’ll get a fair amount of fabric that can be used. The broad ends can be cut into squares and sewn together. The skinny ends can be used to anchor the zipper atop your pouch. Follow this tutorial from Polkadot Chair to learn more.
5. Turn Them Into a Lampshade
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It’s really hard to let go of ties, especially if they hold sentimental value for you. So keep them close to you every night by turning them into a lampshade! Stitch your ties together side-by-side until you’ve got enough to cover your lampshade. This fantastic feature from Dukes and Duchesses is a great inspiration.
6. Make a Necktie Quilt
Sharpen your quilting skills by turning your haul of old neckties into a cozy quilt. Sew small squares before cutting them up to keep their sizes consistent. Follow this detailed tutorial from Quilts by Kate Neckties to learn more.
7. Turn Them Into Headbands
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As you clear out all the old ties from your closet, you might fancy one or two prints for your self. Pick a tie with a fancy print or color palette and turn it into a cute headband! Simply cut off the skinny part of the tie and attach a garter on the two ends. This tutorial from Crafting a Green World has a great 5-minute tutorial for this necktie project.
8. Make a Sunburst Clock Out of Them
Have you ever thought that ties are shaped like the sun’s rays? If so, why not turn your old ties into a sunny replica of the sun around your clock! This necktie project from Petal and Ply sews ties together before attaching them into a clock. Place dowels around the whole installation to provide a nice foundation to it.
9. Ruffled Necktie Collar
Take a plain shirt to the next level with this cute necktie project. Attach a necktie and create ruffles on your shirt’s collar. Punctuate it with a button or a brooch at the end of it and voila! Pretty nifty, right? Follow this guide by McKell’s Closet to learn more.
10. From Necktie to Bowtie
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If you’re too attached to your necktie, you might want to try to repurpose it into a simpler but still fashionable accessory for the men in your life. Cut the broad end of your necktie from the skinny part. Sew into a square and pinch the middle part to create the bow part. Divide the skinny parts into two and attach it on both ends of your bow. As a final touch, attach a Velcro on the free ends of your skinny parts. This easy tutorial from MakeIt-LoveIt has a great step-by-step guide for it.
Learn more about revamping your old ties with this tutorial from TackyDeath:
With Fathers’ Day right around the corner, you might want to try some of these nifty necktie projects. Not only do you save a lot, you also add a nice, personal touch to old favorites. Some of these clever ideas are even great gift ideas regardless of the occasion. Regardless if your recipient is a guy or a girl, these necktie projects cater to everyone. It’s time to raid your closets for old ties and start sewing.
Want to learn other upcycling projects? Check out How to Sew Your Old Jeans Into Comfy and Stylish Denim Shorts! Do you know more necktie projects? Feel free to share some of your ideas with us in the comments below!