Upcycling at Its Best and Most Beautiful
Millions of neckties are cast off each year as they become outdated, worn, or stained. Thank heavens many of them end up in thrift stores or other secondhand venues where artists and crafters and fall in love with them and pick them up for a song.
What makes them wonderful for decorating around the home is not just the patterns or colors. It is also that they are strong fabrics that can hold up to use over time, especially if they are well cared for.
This page is dedicated to neckties that find new life and new uses in home décor, adding spice to the every day spaces where we live.
What to do with "Daddy's Ties"
While perusing antique stores and thrift shops, we can see there is no shortage of chairs with the seats missing or in disrepair.
Old wooden frame chairs with sagging leather or straw woven seats can be revitalized with a bright weave of neckties, and Toolgirl Mag Ruffman has an excellent, detailed tutorial for how to replace a seat with woven ties. Clear photos help to demonstrate how different steps are completed as well.
These updated seats are functional as well as comfortable, and the tools and materials make this an affordable upcycle to complete.
Get Your Pre-Loved Ties Clean
- Neckties:KNOT--Clean Your Ties
Strategies to clean neckties in a variety of materials - dry clean and home cleaning methods
A Sampling of Quilts
Quilters have a wealth of ideas and inspiration and the sky is the limit when it comes to the ways they will put together different fabrics and patterns to create amazing quilts - for the wall or a bed.
While none of these pages contain tutorials to follow, if you are interested in quilting, there are plenty of sites designed for learning. These links are intended to be an inspiration for how upcycled neckties can be incorporated into quilting projects as accents or focal points.
- Necktie Full Bed Quilt from spainb202540 on Craftsy - The quilter uses color-themed neckties to create the central focal point of a starburst. Narrow ends and wide ends of the neckties alternate in the starburst pattern. Coordinating accent diamonds are scattered further out to the edges for an eye-appealing design.
- Necktie Quilt from BobbiSpain on Craftsy - This time the quilter takes advantage of the necktie shape again for a Dresden plate pattern. The necktie designs and colors deliver a masculine-feeling, yet beautiful quilt for the home.
- Necktie Quilt Gallery from Quilted with TLC - I hardly believe I am looking at necktie crafts when I look at this impressive gallery. It contains 13 ideas and designs for quilting pillows, bed coverings and wallhangings with neckties. Find your inspiration here for traditional quilt designs with upcycled neckties.
Necktie Quilt with Dresden Plate
In my experience, hot glue is a great tool for working with silk ties. It holds the fabric in place where you want it for many projects and does not soak through or leave spots on the silk. Careful though... as with most hot glue projects, when the glue cools, it is permanent.
Dec the Walls
If you like the clock pictured here, you will love seeing the full tutorial for this Necktie Sunburst Clock from Jessica on hometalk. She provides clear pictures and detailed instructions for how to create this clock with a beautiful, homey feel. I would really like to make this clock out of neckties from my father's closet (he has offered, though he had yet to deliver).
Contributor, butterjoy, on the Quilting Board delivers inspiration with a uniquely patterned pillow and wallhangings with a modified Dresden plate design.
I might have mentioned (above) how crazy I am about crazy quilts. This framed crazy quilt piece made with neckties makes my mouth water. The use of a contrasting thread color enhances the craziness of the quilt sample. Many thanks for the creativity, Hey Now, Whoa Now!
Tables & Floors
Dress up your table top with a fun set of Placemats and Napkin Rings. Diane Gilleland, on Craftstylish, shares an excellent tutorial for creating a set of four of each (or as many as you like). The only limitation on this cute design is your own imagination and the neckties you can get your hands on.
If you are interested in Upcycled Rugs, here are two ideas - one for sewing neckties together side by side and another for a cleverly woven rug. I am imagining the smooth coolness of silk under my bare feet in summer right now.
Another brilliantly creative mind in upcycled necktie projects, eillenaway has shared an album of her Tie Rugs on flickr. Her combinations of colors and patterns is exquisite. Talk about "bringing the room together" with a rug!
This draft dodger is a favorite project of mind on this page. Could it be because I live in Wisconsin, where the drafts are real, especially in the heart of winter? Or is it the simple, thoughtful design? Both probably! I really like how the blogger, Upcycle Your Life, created this Draft Dodger to keep out the cold and store away nicely on a hook when it is not needed.
Miscellaneous Decor Items
If you are looking for the perfect Curtain Tie Backs, this is an excellent repurposing project for neckties. A little searching and you will no doubt find a good match for your curtains, and it only takes one tie to make a bunch of tie backs with big button accents.
Reminkie Bears is a wonderful service for folks who need ideas or services in how to commemorate loved ones with neckties. I really like the Pillows they have created for many people to remember necktie-wearing family or friends.
If you like the baskets at the right, here is another creative design from goodergoods for using a single necktie to create a cute and clever Basket. Unfortunately, no tutorial is available, but I liked the idea so much, I had to share it.
More Project Ideas
I hope you loved these 20 beautiful home décor ideas. For more inspiration with other necktie craft projects, visit the other 5 parts of 101 Necktie Crafts You Have to Try
- Part 1 - Bag It!
- Part 2 - Wear It!
- Part 3 - Accessorize It!
- Part 4 - Decorate It! (You're already here!)
- Part 5 - Celebrate It!
- Part 6 - Love It!
© 2014 Monica Lobenstein
Monica Lobenstein (author) from Western Wisconsin on October 18, 2014:
@GrammieOlivia, Oh, I'm so glad you found some good ideas. I would love to hear how your project(s) turn out. (and I love that you call him your "sweetling"!)
GrammieOlivia on October 18, 2014:
What great ideas you have. I was going to make a quilt years ago with ties my sweetling used to wear to work. Now that he's retired, he only needs one or two. So the others went into a bag waiting for the inspiration to hit. I think it just did!
Thanks for this great hubpage.