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An old men's tie and a few other supplies are all you need to make this cute treat filled snake for Valentine's Day. This is a guide about making a Valentine goody snake.
This is a guide about making a men's silk tie rose pin. Using a tie in your choice of color, you can make this lovely pin for your lapel or purse.
This is a guide about making a neck tie Christmas wreath. Looking for a unique Christmas wreath making idea. What about one made from neck ties? Repurposing men's neck ties is a fun crafting experience. This is a guide about making a neck tie Christmas wreath.
Once the hot glue is dry, you can coil your snake! My daughter coils hers around her bedpost and it is a great conversation starter when she has friends sleep over!
Additional Ideas: Add dried beans to the tail instead of fiberfill to create a "rattle" snake!
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I like the snake. Wish I had thought of it when my sons were little. They would have loved it.
This is a guide about making a quilt with neckties. Making a necktie quilt is a great way to reuse old ties. Using neckties from someone special will make the quilt a cherished keepsake.
Want to keep up with trends, but don't have the bucks to spare? Here's a real hot fashion trend that you can spend no money on! Grab one of your husband's ties or one of your own and use it in place of a belt.
This is a guide about making a pillow casing using neckties. Neckties are easily available in either secondhand stores or in your own closet. This can be a great way to reuse sentimental garments as a beautiful keepsake.
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How do I make a necktie picture frame?
I am looking for a pattern to use my Dad's ties. If any one can help please let me know.
Lee from Paragould, Ar
I like the idea of "WEAVING" them back & forth, then sewing the sides (to hold then in place) then using them to make or cover a throw pillow... What a wonderful conversation piece for your bed or living room! ... I bet you could also make woven ties into square chair pads or even sew a table runner from ties that are sewn horizontally & every other one changes direction. GOSH! .. I never thought of using ties to decorate with before, but the idea sure is growing on me! ... You know, come to think of it, I wonder if you could put a spring-rod across a doorway (in a teenager's room) & hang ties from it to make a room divider, like we did with beaded curtains! This would work well especially in an older boy's room where beads might be considered to "girly"...
I saw a chair once, like a ladder back chair with the seat part weaved out of neck ties. All of the chairs in this coffee house were different, so it fit in very well.
A family member recently died and left quite a few men's neckties behind. We are looking for a craft or something that can be made from them for his four children. (Please don't suggest the necktie skirts, that idea didn't fly). Maybe something like a picture frame, wreath, or something to hang. Any ideas? This would be for an adult male and 3 older teen girls.
By April from Plattsburg, MO
I am sure that you will find lots of ideas. You can use old picture frames, and wrap and glue the ties around. You may have to end up 'gluing' the backing to the frame as the fabric will prevent it from closing properly. You would then leave the top open, so the photo can be slid down from the top.
You can make bed or couch pillow covers from the tie fabric. Several ties can be sewn together to make a hanging earring holder. The person then just pins the earrings through the fabric.
There are multiple things I can think of that I would love to have made from ties, and hope you find lots of ideas, and hoping that the family loves them very much!
I posted a craft on Thrifty Fun showing how to make silk tie rose pins from men's ties. Here's the link and a photo: http://www.thri 7898661.tip.html
I have a collection of old ties and would like new ideas for using them in sewing or quilting projects.
By Kathy E.
I used my now retired husband's work tie collection for coffee and tea pot cosies, a Christmas tree skirt, and a stocking for him to hang on Christmas Eve (we're newlyweds, got married last January). You can piece together the ties as they are, or you can open them up, cut them into patches and create a larger piece of fabric. I've done both, have to say that leaving them whole made for a very pretty tree skirt. But the piecing I did on the cosies was very cute too.
You can make cool wind socks or use as belt ties. Hope this helps.
I was wondering if you wash the men's ties before cutting and sewing them together? If so, do you use hot or cool water and do you put them in the dryer? What other process would you go through before cutting them into strips or what ever design you choose?
By Carol F. from Mesa, AZ
I would go by if they had been cleaned and never worn again. Many years ago my late aunt made a gorgeous quilt out of men's ties. I don't know if she washed them or not, but I know if she did, it was by hand and at that time she didn't have a dryer. She also ironed them.
All she used was the wide front part of the tie and in the sewing process she laid one tie one way, and then the one beside it she laid that one so that the wide part of it was next to the narrowest part of the first tie, that way she kept the shape of the quilt in a square shape, when she got the quilt the size she wanted it, she feather stitched around each piece in varigated colored thread. For the backing she used red satin fabric.
I make tie skirts from ties that people give me, and ties that I buy in thrift stores. Since I don't know how clean they are, I hand wash them in detergent and warm water by soaking them in small batches for a half hour in a basin, then rinsing until the water is clear.
I usually fill the basin for rinsing and empty it about 3 times. Then I take the dripping wet ties and finger smooth them and drape them over something where they can drip and air dry. The horizontal grab bar in my tub works well for this. When dry, I press with a press cloth if needed, then sew. Most of the time, the weight of the water pulls then smooth enough, especially if there is polyester in the fabric. Have completed 12 skirts to date, some to wear and some for gifts. Hope this helps.
Can somebody tell me how to make the ruffled tie scarves using 2-3 ties each?
What can I make or do with lots of men's ties that I have?
By GL Langston
Many years ago one of my aunts made a gorgeous quilt out of a bunch of husband's ties. she used the basic shape of the tie and after she sewed them together she hand feather stitched around them, then she used red satin for the backing and used an old blanket for the middle part. I have also seen pictures of skirts made out of ties. I have also heard about vests and purses/tote bags.
I saw a picture of a Christmas wreath made from ties having red designs in them. The ties were wrapped around a styrofoam form with the pointed ends on the outside edge. It was very pretty. I have not made one. It's on my list to get to someday.
Any ideas on how to make a name badge holder from a man's necktie?
By Carol O.
Check youtube or ehow website.
I recently saw at a craft fair flowers (maybe roses) made using neckties. It looked like it had been folded and wrapped around itself several times, and the two pointed ends stuck out to the side. Anyone have any advice how to make this?
By Christine from Busan, SK
I googled craft of making flowers from men's ties, and found several sites. There is a good video at www.metcalf.com/make_a_flower_from_a_tie_or_ribbon_its_easy/
I saw a Xmas tree skirt made from silk ties on Facebook. It was posted by Paula Dean. I sure would like to find a pattern for it.
I don't know if this is what you are looking for but I found this.
When I visited Texas last year I saw a antique chair and the seat had been redone by weaving vintage men's neckties for the seat. I would love the have the directions for doing this. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me with this craft information.
Good idea, Betty! Here is a website for a Necktie Chair seat that shows you how:
Please let me know if the link doesn't work for you. I wish you great success!
This is probably just conicidence, but I live in Copperas Cove, Texas and we have a little coffee shop in town and they have a chair with the seat weaved in neckties!! They have mismatched chairs and tables, and large grapevine hanging from the ceiling. It's a really cute place!
Did you remove the lining? And how long is the tie in the front, from the outer metal ring?
By Joann from Minoa, NY
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
I am looking for ideas with using neckties. Making angels, etc.
By JUNKYMUNKY from Canyon Lake, TX
A friend of mine uses them to make throw pillow tops. She weaves them together then sews them down to a fabric block back. She used the smallest part of the tie, but it seems to me that if they were all of a size you could use the wide end, and instead of weaving, just do blocks. (07/23/2009)
Just last year someone here at Thrifty Fun shared how she made a door wreath along with a photo, but I can't locate it now :-( It was cool! Oh I just found it, here it is: Tie Door Wreath
Here's the only other 'how to' I could find for a tie wreath when Googling, but it doesn't show pictures:
And here are some other archived TF craft uses for ties different from the ones listed at the bottom of the page you're now viewing: Crafts Using Neck Ties
I make handbags and tote bags, there are great instructions here: craftbits.com.
I also use them for belts, headbands, curtain tiebacks, and leash covers (stitch some that are fairly even in width end to end and side by side forming a long tube, then stitch a small Velcro tab at each end. Slip the leash through the tube and fasten the Velcro to prevent the cover from slipping and voila, a fancy leash for the cost of a thrift store tie). Really ugly ones just get tied into knots for dog and cat toys. (07/24/2009)
I was doing our local quilt shop hop yesterday and saw a quilt made with ties in the middle of the quilt blocks. It was very unique. They use the big part of the tie and did an overcast stitch so you could see the stitching. I thought it looked pretty neat! (07/25/2009)
You can also make a necktie skirt. There are several free patterns online for both adult and child skirts.
I am looking for uses for men's ties.
By Janet from Indianapolis, IN
Wow! I was about to post this neat craft I found before I saw your question. (I was searching for a craft question about Valentine's boxes that I saw a few days ago). Anyway, here's a really pretty bag you can make, called a Neck Tie School Bag (it looks like a clutch purse) at Craftbits.com (I'm a member there, and it's great! There is a growing supply of crafts there!)
God bless you and Happy Valentine's Day! (02/08/2010)
I've done dyeing the Easter eggs using silk ties. Wrap the egg(s) in silk tie using rubber bands. Boil eggs for hard boiled eggs. The pattern on the tie will be on the egg. And I found that each tie will make 10 eggs. Also, you could make a skirt or a quilt out of ties. (02/14/2010)
I used to have a book called Daddy's Ties that had a ton of ideas and instructions. Hope you can still find it!
Here's a cute heart pin made from neckties. I would wear it all year long, not just for Valentine's Day. Good luck!
Here is a neck tie wreath that was posted a couple of years ago and I absolutely love the idea! thriftyfun.com (02/15/2010)
Does anyone have any craft ideas and instructions for reusing or recycling silk ties?
By sumarks from Minneapolis, MN
Make skirts with them. (12/24/2009)
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Craft tips using old neck ties from the ThriftyFun community.
Just a caution for all those gorgeous and lovely ties, be sure whatever you make uses ties with the same washing instructions. It is disastrous to combine washable and non-washable ties in one craft, I learned to my sorrow. Be sure and let any recipients know if the ties CANNOT be washed.
You can make a great windsock with old ties and a tall plastic container. Cut out the bottom, punch holes in the narrowest opening, add the 4 strings (kite string works best) and knot together, add a swivel hook (fishermen know what that is). Fold under the narrow end of each tie and staple. Then using an exterior glue, glue the ties close together around the plastic container, leaving the wide point of each one hanging down for the streamers. Pick matching or coordinating, or go tropical for summer.
At a coffee shop once, they had a ladder-back chair seat made of ties. It looked really cool!
By suzi homemaker
You could use them as funky tiebacks for curtains, I saw that once on a decorating show and it looked really neat!
You don't have to be too crafty for this angel:
And this one came from this website:
Sneaky Snake (Made With Men's Ties)
Many years ago a friend made a skirt of old ties. Surely someone out there has a pattern for it. The wide pointy end was at the bottom of the shirt. Seems like it was about mid-calf length. And very colorful.I think the waistband was about 2 inches wide with a side zipper. And a tie added for a sash. I still have two of my fathers ties. He has been gone for 23 years. I use them to display his tie tacks. Most of which he made.
I saw a Christmas Tree skirt one time. The ties were just tacked together around the base of the tree except for two ties that when they met had hooks on one side and eyes on the other. That way you can undo it later and put it away for next Christmas.
I make purses from old neck ties, I have also sewn them on skirts and jeans they are really fun applique on they are on the bias so you can go anywhere. Also cut out the interfacing and press and cut bias strips to bind jacket labels, hems hats etc. (12/01/2006)
They make beautiful vests, I have seen these on a sewing website several years ago.
I have seen necklaces made with a tie. You load the tie with a bead then put on a bead that you can see then again put a bead inside of the tie and so on. I have seen these and they very pretty. I don't have the full instructions though.
I saw a cute idea in the Family Fun magazine. You make belts with them. It sounds weird, but they are actually really stylish right now. Just look on their website under neck tie belts, and you should be able to find them. Looks really easy too! Good luck!
You could take a shadow box frame and use the ties as a border to "frame" pictures of your father with the children. With a shadow box frame, you just use pins, so the ties won't be damaged. You can personalize them by putting in pictures of the kids with their grandpa an make a gift for each of your children. I have to say one of my most beloved and treasured family pictures is my grandparent's engagement picture.
Once you make all those wonderful suggestions above, give the cast offs to teachers to make Door Draft Catchers. It's this fast and easy kind of craft that teachers love! My Sunday School class did these for Father's Day. Unstitch the narrow end of the tie and stuff the center with batting or other filler. (Most ties will require reinforcing of the opposite pointed wide.) Stitch it closed! Then take the wide pointed end of the tie and glue on eyes and a felt tongue. Voila`! Instant Snake Door Draft Catcher.
Cut about 18 inches from the narrow end of the ties and then use these pieces and weave them in to a square. Cut a square from a piece of material and sew this onto the outer edge of the ties. Fill the inside with stuffing and you have a pillow.
Martha Stewart featured a decorative pillow using old neckties which looked great. If you're interested, check out her website at http://www.marthastewart.com and search on necktie pillow.
My dad just passed away and he too had a collection of ties. One of the ideas that I had was to make a skirt from the ties. With the rest that we have, we're going to have small quilts made from them that us kids can pass onto our kids.
My aunt made a fabulous quilt using old ties. She made a "star" pattern in the middle laying the ties in a circle and stitching them together. Then filled in the rest with other ties. She may have cut the ties in half - I can't remember. Good luck - this could be a fun project.
My sister made a beautiful quilt from her hubby's ties. A quilted throw pillow cover would be nice too. I'd just sew them together on the sewing machine. They don't have to actually be quilted. Rip the seams. Lay them end to end. Sew on the machine. It will be like a "crazy" quilt pattern, I think. I'm not a quilter or crafter, but I think it would work.
By Carol in PA
There is a quilt pattern called Dresden Plate which you can use to cut and join your ties. Another pattern you might consider is Grandmothers Fan. You don't have to make a quilt, of course, but it's nice to have the patterns for the ideas. There is also a book about making quilts and things from neckties. I think the title is something about "Your father's neckties." I wish I could remember the correct title for you.
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Hi. I am collecting ties to make a quilt. My grandmother made quilts out of ties and they were beautiful. She would open up the ties and put them on a sheet and then the batting and back piece. I am 60 and have had one quilt for many years. My grandmother died when I was 10 so have had it for many years. My husband loves it on the bed because it is so warm and heavy. Barb from Rothbury, Mi (10/03/2007)
I make chair covers by weaving neck ties. I also make neck tie pins. They are beautiful. (08/05/2008)
By Beverly Nutter
I make Christmas wreaths out of old neck ties. I make them for the Christmas fair in the 'special needs' center where I work and they sell extremely well. Three ties are platted together then formed into a double ring and stitched by hand. Small ornaments or pine cones and berries can be added at this stage. Try it, it's a great way to use old ties.
By Irene H-B