Do you know anyone who still wears neckties other than your grandpa? I happen to love neckties (so many cool fabrics!), but sadly, they seem like a dying fashion trend. Here’s a fun craft project to make with those long-forgotten neckties you still have lying around the house or the cool, vintage one you found at the thrift store. Just follow these simple steps to turn a necktie into a cute little bag for your cell phone, iPod or mad-money! (sewing machine not required)
Here’s what you need:
Decorative cord for strap
Here’s how to make it:
Step 1: Cut necktie at 13 inches from the wide end of the tie.
Step 2: Fold cut edge under 1/4″ and then another 3/4″. Press and pin to secure. Hand-sew the bottom edge closed. This will create the channel for the strap.
Step 3: Open up a few inches of the center seam of the tie. This will make it easier to fit things inside the case. (You’ll know what I mean when you look at the tie.)
Step 4: Fold the tie in half (wrong sides together) so the bottom edge reaches just below where the tie becomes a triangle. Using a slipstitch, hand sew the side seams through the top layers of fabric. Do not sew the front and back of the case together, or you will not be able to put anything inside!
Step 5: Add a Velcro closure (follow manufacturer’s instructions).
Step 6: Thread cord through channel. Cut to desired length and sew together or secure with a knot. Hand sew the cord in place.
Have you ever made any crafts with old neckties?
(Note: This project was first published in my book, Practically Green: Your Guide to EcoFriendly Decision-Making. Check it out for even more green DIY ideas!)