upcycled tie necklace – tutorial

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A while back I did this post over at Green Eggs and Hamm for my amazingly talented and drop-dead gorgeous cousin, Amy.  It was such a fun post that I thought I’d post it again for anyone who didn’t catch it.
And, if you didn’t get a chance to stop by Amy’s blog, do so quick fast and in a hurry because a) you’ll LOVE her and be glad you did, and b) she has her very first giveaway going on right now!
So, here we go!
{trifted tie, suit button (or anything you’d like to use), scissors, pins, needle and thread}
STEP ONE: Lay out your tie, and start folding and pining in a manner that’s pleasing to you. 
STEP TWO: Lay it around your neck and add or remove folds to get the length you want.  Keep in mind you’ll want to be able to have the necklace slip on and off your head after the button is sewn down.
STEP THREE: Take your needle and thread and tack down the folds from the back side of the necklace.

STEP FOUR: Place your button or accent piece and stitch down.

STEP FIVE: Enjoy your great necklace!!!
After I took this picture, it made me think this would be really cool sewn directly to the neckline of a shirt.  So… I just might have to do that with another shirt and another tie!
I’ll be linking up to these fab parties!


  1. Jennifer Avatar

    Very cute and seems to be very easy! Maybe I'll go shopping in my husband's tie rack….:)

  2. Tonya Avatar

    This is too stinkin' cute!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Stopped by from Delightful Order!

  3. Curtains In My Tree Avatar


    I think this tie necklace is really neat

    I have about 60 ties of my husbands if you need restock?


  4. the nayz Avatar

    This is such a cute idea!! Takes a plain tee to the next level–love it.
    oh, I came from Simply Designing


  5. Sandi Avatar

    Sandi @ Making It Homey said… I love this idea. I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks

  6. Fox and Sparrows Avatar

    I love this! I hopped over from delicate construction. This is so so cute!

  7. Mindie Hilton Avatar

    Oh my I have to try this. My husband has several ties he dosn't weare since he is always in his state officer uniform. Thank you for linking this up to Bacon Time, I love it!

  8. Amy Avatar

    cute idea! My hubby could do without a few ties and I have a couple shirts that would look great with these. So creative!

  9. Debbie Avatar

    My husband has a ton of ties…I'm sure he won't miss one or two (until he sees me wearing them).

  10. Alia Dalwai Avatar

    I am your new follower from What Allie's Making now. I love this Cute Tie Necklace! You are so very creative!
    Do visit my blog too and follow it if you like it!


  11. The Tootsie Wootsie Avatar

    ohhhhh I LIKE this ALOT! i am so going to make my own!


  12. Maridith @ Strictly Homemade Avatar

    Such a statement piece. GREAT IDEA!! When I first saw this I thought it was sewn onto the neckline. So cute!

  13. Jen-CraftOManiac Avatar

    This is freaking adorable. I love that its nautical looking to. SO CREATIVE. winks-jen

  14. Carissa Avatar

    I love this! What an awesome idea. I think I'll probably do this but just sew it down to the collar of a shirt instead. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I found you through the Momnivore's Dillema link party and want to follow but Google friend connect is being wonky for so many of us right now! I'll try to come back later to follow up. Come check me out, too, if you're interested –> Carissa's Creativity Space

  15. christi @ burlap and basil Avatar

    this looks adorable on you {and would look plan old ridiculous on me!}!!

    remember to enter the july giftaway!

  16. vanina Avatar

    This looks so cool! I have lots of ties from my grandpa (he passed away 2 years ago at 99 yrs old) and I will definitely make me some specials necklaces! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy Avatar

    That is such an awesome idea! I would love it if you linked up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now. There is also an awesome giveaway to go with the party, so you should check it out. http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html
    I hope to see you soon!

  18. Karima Avatar

    I like this, never seen this done before! Now following you via google. Please pop by Karima x

  19. Jill Avatar

    wau–love this. i scored a ravenclaw necktie from halloween clearance last year, and i think it's perfect for a redesign. thanks for the tip!

  20. scrapmebaby Avatar

    I love this! When I first saw the picture I thought it actually was sewn directly onto the shirt so I think that is a great idea too.
    going to have to add the "tie" section to my check out spots at the thrift store:)
    Came by from Home stories

  21. Kricia Palmer Avatar

    This is a great idea! Totally chic and definitely love the button! Now following you…

  22. Heather Avatar

    Stunning, so going to try it sewn onto a shirt!

  23. Patricia Torres Avatar

    ha ha!! Oh my!! stunning!! Such a fabulous idea!!

  24. Sky @ Capital B Avatar

    Stinkin' cute! Don't usually feel comfortable in anything too overbearing, but I think this would still be ok- thanks for sharing! Your blog is adorable!

  25. Lisa Avatar

    What a creative idea! I've never seen anything like this! Very pretty!

  26. Nancy Avatar

    This is just the cutest thing! Thanks for sharing! Nancy

  27. The Smith Family Avatar

    Love this…it's really cute! I think I'm going to have to try to make one. I would think if you actually attached it to a shirt, it might make it hard to wash it…I think most ties are dry clean only. Just a thought.


  28. Andrea Avatar

    Very cool! I will have to try this out!

  29. Kirsten @ Mushki Loves Avatar

    I'm loving this idea! Very cute! I am your newest follower! I would love it if you stopped by and become mine!

  30. Jamie Avatar

    Holy Cuteness! I love that!


  31. Alicia Avatar

    I have a tie I had to buy for my son for 5th grade graduation… I may become a necklace. this is really cute!!

  32. Angela Noelle of SK Avatar

    This is awesome.

  33. The Beading Gem Avatar

    What a fantastic idea! I'm sure there are unwanted ties somewhere in the house. I am going to bookmark this tutorial – and feature and link to it on my blog so others can come visit!

  34. Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy Avatar

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional link party. You've been featured, so make sure you grab a button and get your brag on! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/ive-been-gone-for-weekend-so-i-didnt.html

  35. Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy Avatar

    Classy and girlie and just perfect! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the great tutorial. I think I will be raiding my husbands closet soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Jami Avatar

    I thought it had been sewn into the collar of the shirt, too! Both ideas are gorgeous!!! Would love for you to stop by and share this at the Tuesday To Do Party if you get a chance!

  37. Tracie Avatar

    Super cute idea! I shared this on my Facebook page! You can see it here http://www.facebook.com/LifeInStages

  38. suzARTe Avatar

    this is just amazing, I love what you have done with this otherwise not so nice tie. You have also introduced me to some great sites with all the challenges you have entered, thanks for that. I recently purchased an upcycled tie scarf from a Sydney design market, amazing the things one can do with the humble tie.

  39. MD Avatar

    waouhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh bravo

  40. Just Another Thought Online Avatar

    I love the idea of attaching the tie to a shirt…very interesting and unique. people will be asking you where you got your shirt because they will love it!

  41. One Girl Two Cats Avatar

    This is so awesome. I'm pinning it on Pinterest so I can find it later.

  42. Natascha Avatar

    I finally made one myself. I cut corners by using my sewing machine. But I thank you so much for the idea!

  43. magdamagda Avatar

    that's just fab! Found you on Bella's blog!

  44. Jami Avatar

    Still love this look! Thanks for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  45. Debra aka Dlitefully Wired Avatar

    Very cute! I love looking at ties at the thrift store but never know what to do with them. (until now)

  46. Aimee Steckowski Avatar

    i am in love. i have seen some not-to-great tie necklaces being made & sold but i must say this is the first one i have ever seen that was elegant, beautiful and i would wear. pinning now! thank you!

  47. milliemorganmedia Avatar

    Wow this is awesome! Now I know what to do with some of the ties I bought my husband from goodwill. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. I would appreciate it if you stopped by my blog and followed me back. Thanks!

  48. Alicja Avatar

    You can also sew it right onto the shirt – that way you know it won't slip ๐Ÿ™‚ …but then it is permanent.

  49. Anonymous Avatar

    Found the link to your blog on pinterest! Thank you so much, this is super cute!

  50. Courtney {a thoughtful place} Avatar

    So so love. Posted today about this without knowing this link . . . a reader filled me in so it's now updated on my blog today. You are so crazy talented. Thanks for the inspiration.

  51. mumzy Avatar

    great idea……and looks so fab…

  52. chimerashinobi Avatar

    This is beyond cool!!! Thanks for the idea. I tried it out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know what you think. http://chimerashinobi.blogspot.ca

  53. verahl Avatar

    Your tutorial was perfect. very whim! Thank you and congratulations!

  54. naudrรฉ Avatar


    this is my french version ๐Ÿ˜€ thank for this tutos ๐Ÿ˜€

    see you soon on my blog ๐Ÿ˜€

  55. Amilee Avatar

    This would actually be another cute way to hide an SNS system like the knitted cowl, but more appropriate for summer/spring.

  56. falston104 Avatar

    Love it!

  57. blukatdesign Avatar

    Love it! I have been making tie necklaces lately, must try this one! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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