Monday, July 23, 2012

Ten Recycled Necktie Ideas

Derek doesn't generally wear ties, but for our wedding, he wore a snazzy silk necktie with a tree frog print. He has since given it away, which is unfortunate since I am now feeling inspired to transform old ties into a dress for Confuence's 2013 Trashion Show...

It's not often that I have unique decorative silk in my stash of scrap fabric. Old ties provide a perfect solution for small projects, or for projects requiring small pieces of fabric. Imagine - each piece would be entirely unique!

There's possibly nothing more exciting than taking something that looks old and tattered and remaking it into a brand-new item. Following is a top ten list to give you inspiration for your next project using recycled neckties:

1.
Weaver Girl weaves together colorful rugs using old neckties. The tips of each tie add a playful fringe to her rugs, and they show you the individual patterns of each tie used.

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2.
Try making a soft case for your phone, like this one by Groundsel.


3.
Escot Handbags makes all sorts of quality accessories with recycled ties, including wallets, jewelry, eye pillows, and coffee cozies. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.

Coffee Cozy Maroon Leaves Recycled Necktie - Green Handstitching

4.
This bracelet by Untied is one in a collection of jewelry and key chains, all unique, fabricated with upcycled silk ties.

Neve - Upycycled Blue Polka Dot Necktie Cuff Bracelet with Classic Brushed Silver Close

5.
Gypsy Tailor creates sweet little pouches, bows and other accessories using a blend of different material. The inside of each pouch is made using recycled neckties.


6.
The seats of dining room chairs can wear out quickly. Smooth Pebble has taken neckties to replace her seat cushions, and has created entirely unique furniture. E-How provides a tutorial on how to do this yourself.

7.
Silk ties are a choice fabric for eye pillows. Fill them with dried lavender for a truly relaxing appeal. Goia Boutique sells hand sewn eye pillows created with recycled silk ties.

Silk sleep eye mask from recycled silk necktie

8.
This list wouldn't be complete without a necktie dress. My favorite one is featured by Auh2odesigns. It's playful, colorful, and stylish. I can see wearing this dress with leggings and cowgirl boots!

Tie Dress - dress made out of men's neckties

9.
If you're looking for a way to quickly spruce up an outfit, check out this necklace by PrixprixMadeByMarzipan offers an excellent video tutorial on how to make one of these yourself.

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10.
Bet Ison used denim, velveteen, neckties, and brocade to make this quilt. The quilt uses the golden mean to make a spiral, a Fibonacci spiral. The Greeks believed there to be three facets to beauty: symmetry, proportion, and harmony. They were attuned to beauty as an object of love. You can see this principle at work in many of Bet Ison's quilts.


Do you have any ideas on how you might recycle used ties? Do you have any projects to share? Feel free to comment to add to this inspirational list.

18 comments:

  1. Thanks so much! This is a great post!

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  2. Love this post! Will bookmark for later :D

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  3. Awesome ideas! My fiance has a pair of jeans that he altered by putting ties in between the outside seams of the legs, making them into super-cool retro bell bottoms.

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    1. Now that's a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Great post! Love all of these creative ideas for recycling neckties. I'm developing an obsession for the fringe rug! Thanks so much for including my shop and coffee cozy.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. You have beautiful items in your shop. I hope this post brings you some publicity!

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  5. These are great ideas for neckties! I love the eye mask and the little pouch.

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    1. I simply wish there was time to make all of these things myself!

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  6. Good post, many of these ideas are ingenious. I love the quilt.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree - I wish I could say they were all my creations!

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  7. How many said, "wow why didn't I think of that?" I did. Great ideas and lovely post. I especially love that you brought up the Golden Mean. I made mention of that last week on my page and no one got it. too funny. Love your blog!

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    1. Hi Ann. I'd love to see a link to your page about the Golden Mean. That's pretty cool. Thanks for your comments!

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  8. Hi Nicole, I don't think I know how to select out a specific post, so rather than attempting and failing at your expense:) I'll send the link to my page. The Golden Mean post is a few down. Thanks!
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RomanyRapture/138392959590467

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  9. Thank you for the un.tied shout out! Loved this post.

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