A Special Gift Made with Repurposed Neckties

Necktie wall hanging detail
My mother gave me a very special gift for Christmas. A wall hanging made from repurposed neckties. But these weren’t just any neckties – they were my dad’s.

My father passed away in March of 2011. He was a university professor and I’m pretty sure he wore a necktie every single day that he taught a class. He was traditional that way.

As you can see, an incredible amount of work went into this wall hanging. And my mom didn’t just make one of them – she made three! One for each of her 3 girls.

Necktie wall hanging
I’ve done some little crafts with neckties – like this necktie bag tutorial for my book that I posted on the blog awhile back – but I can’t imagine taking on a big project like this one. Isn’t it amazing?

This is a gift I will cherish forever. I vividly remember my dad wearing these ties and every time I look at the wall hanging, I think of him. Not many gifts have such lasting power.

Did you receive any extra special holiday gifts this season?

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P.S. If you are into necktie crafts, I discovered a flickr group called Sewing with Neckties that has some pretty amazing stuff!

 

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful, thoughtful and creative gift. Is it quilted?

  2. LaVonne Bullinger says:

    my husband has passed away and would love your moms pattern so I could share with my daughters.

    • I’m afraid I don’t have a pattern LaVonne. My mother has since passed away as well so sadly we have no way to find out how she made it. I’m sorry for your loss – I hope you can find a way to repurpose your husband’s neckties.

  3. Susan Proud says:

    This is such a beautiful idea, my dad passed away in 2005 and I’ve a collection of his ties I didn’t know quite what to do with them, I’m don’t sew but you’ve given me some food for thought now. Many thanks.

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