Necktie Refashion Into Necklace or Wallet
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Give your old neckties a second chance at life. Check out the Necktie Refashion Into Necklace or Wallet projects. Wardrobe refashioning is fun, but making your own accessories is truly rewarding. Wear or use these cute pieces everyday! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch Maureen Wilson create both projects in our video tutorial.
Materials for Necklace:
- Old Necktie
- Wooden Beads (8, 1-inch round)
- Sewing machine & thread or needle
Materials for Wallet:
- Old Necktie
- Ribbon (5 inches)
- Sewing machine & thread or needle
Instructions for Necktie Necklace:
1) Start by removing the wide end of the tie. I cut off about 8 inches. Make sure that it's tall enough to fold the pointed flap down over your phone, plus another 1/4 inch for a bottom seam. Set aside.
2) Take the tie apart and remove the inner lining. Press your tie to remove wrinkles. If your tie is silk, use extra caution, especially if you haven't had practice ironing silk before. It's safest to put a pressing cloth or dishtowel over the tie, then to iron it with steam.
3) Now we'll cut the tie into a rectangle. Measure the narrowest part of the tie, then trim off the wider portions to that measurement. My tie's narrowest section is 3 inches, so I'm folding my tie in half and cutting 1.5 inches in. This should give you a rectangle with even sides.
4) With the tie folded in half, trim the ends at an angle to form a point.
5) Fold the tie in half lengthwise, with right sides together. Sew one short end shut, and sew the long side with a 1/4 inch seam. I found it's easiest to leave a 3 inch hole for turning in the MIDDLE of the long side. Because it's a narrow tube, this makes turning right side out much easier. Leave the other short end open so you can insert the beads.
6) Turn right side out through the middle hole. Then sew the hole shut with a 1/8 inch topstitch. If you're handsewing, use a blind stitch or ladder stitch.
7) Make a knot in the tie, about 10 inches from the sewn end. This will keep your beads in place.
8) Now it's time to add the beads. I'm using 8 1-inch wooden beads. They cost about $1 per package, but you can experiment and buy whatever is on sale at your craft store, because they won't show.
9) Insert a bead in the tube, and slide it down to the knot. Tie a knot to keep the bead in place, and continue adding beads. Try to keep the front free of seams.
10) Stop when you have about 10 inches of tie left after the last knot. Fold in the raw edges of the tie and topstitch with a 1/8 inch seam. To wear, tie a loose knot at the back of your neck.
Now it's time to put the other portion of our tie to good use. This little wallet features a ribbon loop so you can attach it to your keychain.
1) Begin by ironing the tie. Protect it with a cloth and use steam.
2) Trim the bottom edge so that it's straight. Fold tie tie right sides together, and sew along the short side with a 1/4 inch seam. Rotate the fabric so that the seam is now in the middle.
3) Next sew along the bottom. Use a zig-zag stitch to encase the raw edge. If you're hand-sewing, use a blanket stitch to minimize fraying. Turn right side out.
4) Now we'll add a snap. Hand sew one piece on the interior of the point. Sew the other snap piece where the fabrics meet. Make sure that when you fold the flap down, the two pieces match up.
5) Finally, we'll add the ribbon loop. Cut 5 inches of ribbon and fold in half to make a loop. You can save yourself step 6 by folding this ribbon loop in half lengthwise, making it very skinny. Place in the left corner of your wallet. Sew in place with a zig-zag stitch.
6) Because I didn't think to fold my ribbon in half lengthwise before sewing, I'm doing it now, but sewing a couple of stitches to pinch the ribbon together. This makes the wallet close more securely.
7) If you'd like, you can add a lanyard hook to make it easier to take the wallet on and off your keychain.
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