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Monday, September 6, 2010

How to Craft a Necktie Pillow

Learning how to craft a necktie pillow is very easy. Neckties can be found in oodles of colors and patterns and although one necktie alone won't cover a pillow, you combine them by simply weaving into your own tie style pillow.


I used six men's ties to craft my necktie pillow. These thrift shop ties were a real bargain at 25 cents each.


I laid the ties face up with the tips alternating directions as shown. Notice the corners of the paisley tie in the foreground above are around the 21" mark on my cutting grid. I used the measuring tape and marked off approximately 13 inches from the corners of the first necktie and cut in a straight line. Do this for each of the neckties.


Red remnant fabric was used as the fabric stabilizer for the top cover of the necktie pillow. This fabric was cut into a rectangle slightly larger than the ties. (see below)


After pinning the ties in place, I used a straight edge ruler to draw a  stitching line on only the two opposing sides of the cover. (Remember you have to leave the two remaining sides open in order to weave the ties through.) This straight stitching was done on the sewing machine.


The remaining lengths of neckties were used to start the weaving process.


Once the weaving was finished and pinned in place, I went back to the sewing machine and top stitched the edges around all sides of the necktie pillow cover.


I fashioned a sham-like backing for the necktie pillow with the last of the red remnant fabric. The entire construction process was completed in a very short time and the cost was literally just a few dollars. 


Once you've learned how to craft a necktie pillow using this weaving process, I'm sure you'll think of all sorts of ways to utilize old neckties. Would love to see what you come up with. Enjoy!

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2 comments:

  1. What timing. I just saw a whole bunch of cool retro ties at the thrift store today and now I know what I can do with them.

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  2. We lost my daddy a little more than a year ago and I would like to see if my mom still has his ties. I would LOVE to make a pillow out of them as a keepsake. I'm sure I probably gave him 99% of the ties in his wardrobe =) and they were always such pretty ties.

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