Is there a bunch of men’s ties in your house that hasn’t been used for a long time? You might think that ties have no other uses since they’re small and are just kept in a drawer. However, even though they have a specific use, there will come a time when they’ll be replaced.
Nowadays, unless you work in a corporate company, wearing men’s ties is optional. Have you noticed that CEOs and other big-time bosses are rarely seen in suits? So if it’s been years since these ties have seen the outside world, then it’s time for a change!
If you’re a fan of repurposing, you might already have some of the basic materials commonly used in different projects. Some of these materials are sewing kits, sewing machines, glue, buttons, and zippers.
So if you’re ready, below are some creative ways to reuse men’s ties!
1. Tote bag or pouch
Are you having fun living the tote life? Then you should try to transform those vintage men’s ties into a stylish tote bag. You can use your existing tote bag as a pattern for your tote made of ties. However, if you think it’s not fit as a tote bag, then a handbag is also a great idea.
On the other hand, if you want a smaller container you can also try sewing a clutch. It’s easier than a bag since aside from its size, it also doesn’t require a lot of ties. After sewing the body, you can just add a zipper.
When it comes to additional design, it depends on the patterns and colors of the ties you used. If they’re colorful, then there’s no need to add more. On the other hand, if you used plain men’s ties, then you can glue some bling or stones in them.
Have you tried making a quilt? If it’s your first time, then it’s going to be a memorable one. Meanwhile, if you’ve done it before, then this may also be the first time that you’re going to use men’s ties as a project.
You might’ve already seen some stories on how memorable shirts transformed into quilts are. In this case, you’re going to use tons of men’s ties that can also be a great reminder of the time when the owner of the ties used them daily.
If the ties belong to your husband, father, or grandfather, then they might have worn them for work and other special occasions.
It’s up to you if you’re going to cut them into squares or just align them in a weaved-like pattern.
3. Pocket square
You can also transform old men’s ties into something fashion-related. Pocket squares can be pricey, but it doesn’t mean you need to buy them. So why not just turn old and used neckties into a pocket square?
Some people would disagree as a lot of men’s ties are made of thick fabric and can be hard to turn into a pocket square. Fortunately, with the help of an iron and sewing kit, you’ll be able to achieve our goal!
However, if you’re having a hard time, you can always look at video tutorials online to help you improvise. Who would have thought that pocket squares can be an interesting project, right?
If you can make an entire quilt of men’s ties, then it’ll be easier for you to turn them into a pillowcase. But unlike quilts, you’ll need to add zippers or buttons on pillowcases. Moreover, you’ll need to look at your existing pillowcases for some patterns and stitching styles.
Don’t worry, if you think you can’t make a pillowcase using old ties from scratch, you can just use the ties as decoration for old pillowcases.
5. Belt or corset
Another fashion-related project is a belt. It’s simple, yet no one can easily think that you can transform old ties into a stylish belt. However, when you think about making a belt, make sure you’re using neckties with simple designs. But you can still use the colorful ones when your usual outfits are plain and simple.
A belt is also a great project for those who don’t like a lot of sewing to do. Meanwhile, if you like to top it up a notch, then you can also try making a corset. Decades ago, corsets were used to help in shaping women’s bodies. But nowadays, wearing a corset is just like other optional accessories.
Another simple project would be a headband. It’s a bit similar to making a belt since the stitching is minimal, and additional designs are optional. Vintage men’s ties tend to vary in design so you can quickly identify which can be used in formal or casual projects.
A headband made from men’s ties is a cute gift for everyone. So if you like gifting people from DIY projects, then this would fit the bill.
Do you still have a lot of men’s ties that don’t have much sentimental value? Well, making a skirt out of them would be a great new project. It’s fun and exciting, and you’ll have an additional piece afterward.
Of course, it’s not going to look formal, unless you use a monotone combination. But when we’re talking about novelty ties, then it would be a great summer skirt once you’ve done it. It’ll be nice to pair with light-colored tops or even on a white V-neck shirt.
Are you tired of wearing the same men’s ties every single day? If you like switching from neckties to bow ties, then you can just do it literally. Besides, if the patterns of your neckties are not too complicated, then no one would ever know that the bow tie you’re wearing used to be a necktie.
As for the colorful and funky neckties, you can turn them into smaller bow ties, and have your son wear them on special occasions. It will also be a great idea if the father and son wear the same design of ties at least once.
Are you ready to start your new project? If you already picked your favorite, then you should start collecting possible men’s ties that you can use. Don’t forget to share with us the final product by leaving a comment below!