How to Make a Recycled Necktie Scarf

comments (8) August 25th, 2008     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Recycle old neckties into a light, flowy silk scarf. The mix of colors and patterns is really fun.
All you need to deconstruct a necktie is a seam ripper and a little time.
This scarf uses silk from eight different neckties. The colors and patterns work together nicely.
Recycle old neckties into a light, flowy silk scarf. The mix of colors and patterns is really fun.

Recycle old neckties into a light, flowy silk scarf. The mix of colors and patterns is really fun.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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I think thrift-store neckties are pure crafting gold. We've seen lots of cute skirts and bags made from the whole ties, but this project involves deconstructing the ties and using just the silk covering. Choose eight neckties whose colors and patterns coordinate together.

What you'll need:
Eight silk neckties
Seam ripper
Rotary cutter and mat
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Coordinating thread
1/2 yard silk (or poly blend) backing fabric

When you're in the thrift store searching for neckties for this project, check the labels to make sure they're silk. If there is no label, you can tell the silk ties from the polyester ones by feel: Silk has a much lighter, more fluid feeling, whereas the poly ties generally feel quite stiff.

Begin by removing the tack stitches at each end of the necktie.

So let's take a necktie apart. Most neckties are constructed in the same way. Look on the back side for a row of tacking stitches, as pictured. There will usually be a set on each end of the necktie. Cut through both sets with a seam ripper. And while you're here, use the seam ripper to remove any labels as well.

Pull the center back seam apart. This is usually easy to do with your fingers rather than a seam ripper.

The center back seam of the tie is usually hand-sewn with a thick, slippery thread, so it's pretty easy to pull out with your fingers. Just work your way from one end of the tie to the other, opening the seam and removing the thread as you go.

The interior padding should pull out easily.

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Comments (8)

thackery writes: Here is a place to get crafting ties online for a good price
Posted: 10:32 am on June 29th
wildenfunky writes: Those are very funky ties!! How do I funk up geeky ties? Food for thought. Thank you so much!
Posted: 10:26 am on November 15th
multicrafty writes: I have at least 20 or so of my Dad's old ties and have been searching for the perfect project to "showcase" them. Thank you so much for posting about this (and taking the time to do the tutorial). I'll have to try this one out this week. Thanks again! ~Angie~
Posted: 11:06 pm on August 31st
artlikebread writes: Yet another fabulous idea. I've made a belt out of a tie before, but never a scarf. Looks great, Diane!
Posted: 7:21 pm on August 31st
Sister_Diane writes: beverlyb9, sure thing - the scarf top can be pieced any way you like. If you decide to make one with the narrower angled stripes, will you post a picture to the Gallery so we can all see?
Posted: 9:31 am on August 31st
beverlyb9 writes: I think the scarf would look much better with the pieces set on an angle and not quite as wide.
Posted: 11:13 pm on August 30th
paperrain writes: I just got my mom's old sewing machine and I'm dying to give it a run. This looks like the perfect project, and great gifts to send with holiday cards!
Posted: 7:36 pm on August 28th
ChildfreeTrophyWife writes: Great tutorial! All the pictures helped. There is a flickr group devoted to using ties called Sewing With Neckties. There are tons of great things to be made with neckties.[email protected]/
Posted: 9:05 pm on August 26th
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