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101 Recycled Necktie Craft Projects You Have to Try (Part 1 - Bag It!)


Neckties - Find Your Inspiration

Men's neckties! The styles change so often that they end up in the necktie graveyards that are secondhand shops across the country (if they're lucky).

More importantly, ties can have sentimental value to us... a lost relative's collection can bring back warm memories and comfort. My father (who is still in great shape at age 83 - thank goodness!) dressed in a suit and tie every work day for more than 30 years. His work put many in my family through school, helped us toward our personal goals, and supported us through some tough times. I created this page as I was searching for ways to commemorate his ties, as a symbol of what he did for all of us over the years. I hope to use his ties in projects for my siblings that can be handed down through the generations of our family someday.

As a result, on this page, you will find the first of 6 pages of tutorials and ideas (101 in total) for how to use all of those pre-loved men's neckties out there - they are perfect for a wide variety of craft projects!

#1 - The ties from the body of this Handbag extend up to become the handles of the purse giving it nice flow. This is a great design from CraftyPod!

#1 - The ties from the body of this Handbag extend up to become the handles of the purse giving it nice flow. This is a great design from CraftyPod!


Blue jeans, ties and a few other supplies come together to create this very cute, very feminine Recycled Purse from HGTV. Check it out!

Eight ties, a sewing machine and some thread... that's all you need to create this Ultra-Cool Purse from Sonya Style. With these instructions, it can be your style too! I especially like the way the vertically sewn ties come together to create a scalloped flap over the top.

A student (or anyone really) will be ready to go with this School Bag all packed for the day! This CraftBits lesson gives detailed, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos for making this bag.

A student (or anyone really) will be ready to go with this School Bag all packed for the day! This CraftBits lesson gives detailed, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos for making this bag.

Big Bags & Totes

This is hands down my favorite project on this page. Maybe it is because I love tote bags almost as much as I love necktie projects. If you like Tote Bags, this is definitely the one for you. All you need is two ready made cloth napkins and two neckties. Watch this 2 minute video to get started.

This zakka life page celebrates hand crafted handbags, and my favorite is made from neckties. The picture is from a 1979 needlecraft magazine! I love the inspiration I find in this retro-modern Carry All Bag!

Small Bags for Small Things - Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

  • Wristlet
    This small purse design is perfect for grabbing on the go. And the wrist strap keeps it close.
  • Wallet
    This wallet has pizazz! It's trim, flat, and will fit anywhere.
  • Zipper Pouch
    These cute zipper pouches could be clutch purses, pencil cases, or anything else you could imagine. Simple, sweet, and so useful!
  • iPod Clutch
    Compact and fun! A clever crafter could make several of these from one tie.
  • Clever Pouch
    This small pouch cleverly uses pony beads and a matching cord for a very unique (and easy) strap.
  • Flutophone Case
    Ties are the perfect shape for making a shimmery, fun case for the flutophone your son or daughter brings home from school.
  • Dapper Drink: Upcrafted Wine Bag
    Pair a great necktie upcycle with the sleeve of a dress shirt, and you have a crazy cute, manly Dapper Drink: Upcrafted Wine Bag.

Video Tutorials - Bags

Daddy's Ties

Have you made something new with recycled neckties?

More Necktie Craft Projects

I truly hope you loved these 15 tutorials and ideas for bag projects! There are so many I have tried and want to try. For more inspiration with other necktie craft projects, visit the other 5 parts of 101 Necktie Crafts You Have to Try

Here are parties and blog hops this page is linked to. Click on any of them to find hundreds more ideas, recipes, crafts, and much more!

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Which idea caught your imagination?

Ruth on June 22, 2020:

Enjoyed the purse video, will be sure to make one.

Jammy on September 15, 2014:

Very inspiring ideas

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on June 23, 2014:

Love the skirt that was shown. I once made a pillow cover of woven ties.

JimHofman on June 13, 2014:

Wow...great ideas here! Love the antique chair with the necktie seat. Very creative!

Ibidii on May 30, 2014:

Awesome awesome awesome! I cannot wait to make these things!

anonymous on May 29, 2014:

love the bag idea- will try this one!

julieannbrady on April 24, 2014:

I love all the imaginative projects - particularly the necklace designs.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on April 12, 2014:

This brings back so many memories of my childhood when my mom used old neck ties to make quilts for my 3 sisters and I for our beds to keep us warm in the winter. This was in the 40's during and after WW II.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on March 30, 2014:

I would love that lampshade. What a great idea!

KaeGee on January 26, 2014:

Lamp shade, bag, skirt

tonyleather on December 02, 2013:

Such an imaginative and informative lens, full of wonderful tips for recycling unwanted clothes. Well done!

acreativethinker on December 02, 2013:

So many great ideas for using neckties. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

JennAshton on November 19, 2013:

Wow this is an amazing post - I love it! Love the jeans and the snakes - wishing I had some ties handy!!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on June 01, 2013:

Really good project that anyone could do and it looks like there are even more ideas than I could have imagined.

blestman lm on June 01, 2013:

Wow, this lens is over the top. Great info. Thank you. My wife has a necktie skirt that was made by her grandmother but this is the first time I have seen another one.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on February 19, 2013:

Love upcycled projects! Pinned here: & blessed :)

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on January 30, 2013:

We have some neckties that would be perfect for any of these projects! I love upcycling and recycling items.

Johanna Eisler on January 26, 2013:

I like a lot of them, but am very interested in the necklaces! Great lens - lots of fun! Thank you! :)

Sybillinart from Ecuador on January 18, 2013:

Awesome Lens, very details and full of ideas!

dawnsnewbeginning on January 17, 2013:

Hard to say. But the ball gown got my curiosity for sure!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on January 15, 2013:

Wow.. Pretty cool crafting ideas for using mens ties. These are really cleaver. Glad you pulled together all of this together in one page for us,

kmhrsn on January 13, 2013:

I loved the necklace with the knotted up beads, thought the cell case was interesting, really like the chair bottom weaving, and thought the snakes were really cute. Great lens!

superbob17 lm on January 10, 2013:

I really like the idea of a necktie cell phone case. I would have never even thought about doing that.

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