Crafts Using Neckties

Neckties are a popular, colorful crafting supply. They can be used in making new clothing, quilts, purses, and other projects. Use the ones you have around the house that are no longer fashionable or check out the thrift store for a new supply. This is a guide about crafts using neckties.

A Christmas wreath made from neckties.
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Finished Tie Rose Pin 2Raid your husband's closet for silk ties he no longer wears and create beautiful silk rose pins from them. You can also purchase them for $1.00 each at Goodwill. Wear them on a blazer, pin on a tote bag or purse, or use to embellish a pillow. The possibilities are endless!

Approximate Time: About 30 minutes


  • silk tie
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • bar pin
  • ruler
  • scissors


    Tie Rose Pin step 1

  1. Beginning at the narrow end of the tie, begin rolling it up, adding a drop of hot glue as you roll. You will want to roll it up about 10-12 inches (that's where the ruler comes in) to create the center of the rose. Tie Rose Pin step 2

  2. Then begin twisting the tie, applying a little glue about every 1.5 inches, and forming it around the center. Your rose will begin to take shape. Tie Rose Pin step 3

  3. Once the flower appears to be the size you want it, trim off the excess leaving about 2 inches to fold to the back. This creates a nice, smooth backing. Tie Rose Pin step 4

  4. Glue down the portion that is folded back, then glue on your pin back. I have also used the entire tie to create a larger flower which I pinned on a pillow (see photo). As you can see, I left the pointed end sticking out from it.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC Finished Tie Rose Pin 1 Finished Tie Rose Pin 2 Tie Rose Pin on Pillow

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Can somebody tell me how to make the ruffled tie scarves using 2-3 ties each?

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    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

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    Martha Stewart had a special on using silk ties to dye eggs for Easter. The larger end of the tie can be used to make a holder for your cell phone, even to wear around your neck fashionably.

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    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

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    There is a really cool necktie wreath that someone posted here about three years ago and it doesn't need to be used simply for Christmas or only to hang on the front door. I can't find the instructions for it now but I know it's somewhere in the ThriftyFun archives. Maybe someone else remembers it and knows how to find it? Contact ThriftyFun through their contact button and they should know how to find the original instruction link for it.

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    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

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    Always check the fiber content of the tie; some are silk some polyester, etc. wash in cold if possible and line dry. some fabrics may stretch when washed. Good luck!

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    I have a collection of old ties and would like new ideas for using them in sewing or quilting projects.

    By Kathy E.

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    Grandmothers Fan quilting pattern lends itself nicely to the use of ties, also dresdan plate. I recently saw where ties were used to cover the shade of a bedside lamp and it looked lovely. I myself am going to try making wind socks with some ties I have collected with a christmas and halloween theme.

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    Snake Wrapped on BedpostIf you have an adult male in your home, you are bound to have a huge array of ties. And if it is anything like at my house, I'll bet that many of those ties go unworn year after year! Don't let those old ties go to waste - instead, create a quick, easy, and adorable snake for your child's stuffed animal collection!


    • Old tie
    • Polyester Fiberfill
    • Wire coat hanger
    • 2 googlie eyes
    • Pipe cleaner


    • Needle and thread
    • Glue Gun
    • Scissors


    The body of the snake is first:

    1. Unbend the wire coat hanger so that you have a long, relatively straight piece of wire. You may need to clip off the hooked end of the coat hanger if you can't get it undone.
    2. Lay the tie on a table, face down. You will see that the tie is hollow. Start pushing fiberfill into the hollow of the tie starting at the wide end.
    3. As you get more fiberfill into the tie, you will need to push it down to the other end using the straightened out coat hanger. Be sure to fill the entire tie with fiberfill.
    4. Once the entire tie is filled, thread the coat hanger into the tie. This will allow your snake to be twisted and posed.
    5. Now it is time to create the head and the tail:

    6. The wide end of the tie has a lining. Pull the lining away from the tie and stuff this area with fiberfill.
    7. Using your needle and thread, sew the lining edges together so that no fiberfill can leak out.
    8. Repeat STEPS 5 and 6 on the small end of the tie to create a tail.
    9. Using the hot glue gun, glue on two googlie eyes.
    10. Cut your pipe cleaner in half. You will only need one of the halves.
    11. Bend the pipe cleaner half in the middle.
    12. Using the hot glue gun, glue the pipe cleaner on the point of the head to create a tongue.
    13. 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!

      Sneaky Snake (Made With Men's Ties)

      Additional Ideas: Add dried beans to the tail instead of fiberfill to create a "rattle" snake!

      © 2005 ThriftyFun

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    What can I make or do with lots of men's ties that I have?

    By GL Langston

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    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.

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    Any ideas on how to make a name badge holder from a man's necktie?

    By Carol O.

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    Not sure how the tie would be used but if it is worn like a tie try adding a clear plastic piece to the front by machine stitching and then leaving the top open for the badge.

    Good luck!

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    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

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    Check out the book "My Daddy's ties" it has great creative craft ideas...

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    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.

    By Irene

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    I found this by putting in neck tie tree skirt. Good luck!!

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    I would like a pattern for cell phone covers made with neck ties.

    By srbarton from Corning, IA

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    2 easy methods:

    1: Slip your phone into the middle at the widest end of the tie, and stitch up the sides to the correct length/height to form a pocket.

    2. You will likely need to sew up that middle seam in the wide end front a bit, to close it up.

    3. Flip the top over the this pocket, and cut off the excess tie. Sew up your seams

    4. Either use velcro dots to close, or add a snap to close.

    5. Sew a clip onto the top or a top edge so you can clip it onto your purse straps, a pant belt loop etc.

    Embellish with whatever makes you smile.

    Second version:

    1. Fold the widest end of tie up as far as required to create the pocket for your specific phone.

    2. Flip over the other end of the tie down until you have the correct amount of fabric to cover and close it properly.

    3. Cut the tie at the right length, sew the seams to create your pocket, and lid cover

    4. Add a snap or velcro to the ends as a quick method to keep it closed.

    5. Embellish to your hearts content and you could add a length of cord -sewn tightly onto each top end, so you could wear this around your neck.

    Sure hope this makes sense to you. Have the tie and cell phone in your hand and do the steps with them as you read along, it may help clarify.

    Best of luck. You can do this!

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    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. Thread it through the belt loops and tie it in a Windsor knot (or any you prefer) to the left or right side. You are now officially in trend. And it didn't cost you a penny!

    By Suzanne S.

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    I am looking for ideas with using neckties. Making angels, etc.

    By JUNKYMUNKY from Canyon Lake, TX


    Crafts Using Men's Neckties

    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)

    By Dedeswrkshop

    Crafts Using Men's Neckties

    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


    By Deeli

    Crafts Using Men's Neckties

    I make handbags and tote bags, there are great instructions here:

    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)

    By Thenicholas3

    Crafts Using Men's Neckties

    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)

    By harrison2009

    Crafts Using Men's Neckties

    You can also make a necktie skirt. There are several free patterns online for both adult and child skirts.


    By MarieAngel

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    I am looking for uses for men's ties.

    By Janet from Indianapolis, IN


    Crafts Using Neck Ties

    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 (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)

    By Erin813

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    Crafts Using Neck Ties

    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)

    By castleberrycc

    Crafts Using Neck Ties

    I used to have a book called Daddy's Ties that had a ton of ideas and instructions. Hope you can still find it!

    By elle1972

    Crafts Using Neck Ties

    Here's a cute heart pin made from neckties. I would wear it all year long, not just for Valentine's Day. Good luck! (02/15/2010)

    By Momof1

    Crafts Using Neck Ties

    Here is a neck tie wreath that was posted a couple of years ago and I absolutely love the idea! (02/15/2010)

    By Deeli

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    Does anyone have any craft ideas and instructions for reusing or recycling silk ties?

    By sumarks from Minneapolis, MN


    Crafts Using Neck Ties

    Make skirts with them. (12/24/2009)

    By kffrmw88

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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.

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    I need patterns to reuse or re-purpose neckties. Thanks.

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    I am trying to find photos of a rug or quilt made from men's old ties. Will someone mail me a photo and an instruction book? I'm 77 and need a post retirement project.

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