Making an Upcycled Tie Necklace

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May 31, 2018

Upcycled Tie Necklace - creator wearing the tie necklaceI originally started upcycling my dad's ties when I'd realized I'd made a poor fashion choice when getting him one for Father's Day. Now, I upcycle them so I can continue his own stylish legacy, with his permission, of course! Dad's one of my favourite people and I love to wear things he no longer wears. With a few stitches, his ties become my fashion statements.


I added a snap button on this so I don't have to pull it over my head when I put it on. I often wear large beehive type hairdos and don't want to ruffle them up!

Total Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 1 necklace


  • 1 necktie
  • sewing pins
  • needle and thread
  • 1 large button
  • 1 snap button
Upcycled Tie Necklace - supplies


  1. Lay out your tie on a flat surface and begin folding it in a manner that's pleasing to you. You can use small ruffles or large ones, whatever you like.
  2. Upcycled Tie Necklace - folding tie
  3. Take a pin or two and insert at the first ruffle as a guideline for when you sew it closed.
  4. Upcycled Tie Necklace - pin the first ruffle as a mark for sewing point

  5. Thread your needle and begin sewing the ruffle in place from the backside.
  6. Upcycled Tie Necklace - use a needle and thread to sew the ruffle from the back side
  7. Secure the bottom and top of the ruffle fold with a stitch.
  8. Upcycled Tie Necklace - secure with a stitch at the top and bottom
  9. Double knot your thread so you can move onto the next section.
  10. Upcycled Tie Necklace - double knot before moving to next section
  11. Create your next ruffle and pin into place.
  12. Upcycled Tie Necklace - create next ruffle and pin in place

  13. Sew from the backside again so the stitches aren't seen from the front of the necklace.
  14. Upcycled Tie Necklace - sew from back side so not seen on front
  15. Continue along until you have as many ruffles as you like.
  16. Upcycled Tie Necklace - continue until you have as many ruffles as you like
  17. Sew your accent button into place.
  18. Upcycled Tie Necklace - sew accent button in place
  19. If you'd like to use a snap button so you don't have to pull the necklace on or over your head, pin two sewing needles as a guide wherever you'd like to attach the snap button.
  20. Upcycled Tie Necklace - marking for snap button

  21. Sew snap button pieces into place.
  22. Upcycled Tie Necklace - sewing snap in place
  23. Your necklace is ready to wear!
  24. Upcycled Tie Necklace - finished
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June 3, 20180 found this helpful

A keepsake and a stylish addition!
One of a kind for you and your Dad.
A lovely sentiment and a good tip all in one..
Sounds like a winner to me.

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June 4, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks so much, Betty! Seeing my dad's eyes light up when I wore it was such a gift. It's one of our favourite pieces now :)

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