5 Ways to Recycle an Old Necktie Into a Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift

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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Necktie
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Pins
  • 1-inch wide ribbon or webbing
  • Two keychain rings or large split rings
  • Measuring tape

DIRECTIONS

1. Start by measuring and cutting 27 inches from the tip of the necktie.

2. Fold up ½ inch on both ends (one end will be cut and the other will be pointed). Then, pin and stitch in place.

3. Cut two pieces of ribbon or webbing to 7.5 inches. (Tip: If the ribbon or webbing is polyester you can burn the ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying.)

Fold the ribbon pieces in half lengthwise and overlay it by 1 inch on the ends of the necktie. Pin in place. Stitch a square with an “x” in the middle securing the overlapped pieces together.

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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Six neckties
  • Ruler
  • Scrap paper
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Pillow stuffing or soft fabric scraps

DIRECTIONS

1. Determine the size you’d like your pillow. Add an inch to that measurement for seam allowance and cut out a square to this size. This will be your basic pillow pattern. We wanted a 12-inch pillow, so we cut out a 13-inch square.

2. Arrange your neckties as you’d like on top of your pattern overlapping the neckties by about ½ inch. Pin the necktie pieces together. Create two squares for the front and back of the pillow.

3. Sew the necktie pieces to each other for both squares.

4. To create your pillow place the right sides of the square panels together and pin around the outside edge. Sew along this edge leaving 6 inches open along one side.

5. Turn your piece inside out through this opening. Fill with stuffing or soft scraps of fabric. Once your pillow is filled, sew the opening closed.

Originally published on June 11, 2012.

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