Necktie to Necklace

When my parents came to visit, they brought a pink wicker basket filled with ties. I was able to use 2 of the ties for Hubs and Son for an upcoming wedding. I had to alter Son’s tie since it just didn’t fit his frame.

But the rest…well, I just don’t think Hubs and Son have that many formal-ish events for all of these ties. Lucky for me, my parents know that I am crafty and creative! I’ll find a use for them!

Since I have 30 remaining ties, I thought I’d scour the internet for some inspiration. There are lots of skirts made from ties, but I wasn’t too impressed. There was an occasional quilt, but I already have 5 quilts I’m working on.

I didn’t have to look much further!

I found a couple of different ways to make a necklace or a collar. I’m really not sure what to call it. Since it is free standing accessory, maybe it is more of a necklace? If I attached it to a shirt, then maybe it becomes an official collar? Unsure. Comment below what you think. Also, let me know if you think I should restart my etsy shop and put it in there!

I began by pinning a selected tie onto Green Gertie. Have you met her yet? This was EXACTLY the type of project I needed her for!

I started with the smaller end at about the collar bone. then at the left shoulder I began making a series of folds, pinning each ford down into Gertie’s fuzzy flesh and back fat.

I couldn’t decide on how I wanted the small end, on top or under then wide portion? I sent the above pictures to a panel of friends. One friend commented back that “B” was more of a Mad Max type vibe. Which lead me to believe, wasn’t the movie based on the “not so distant future”? Well, it is currently 2020. Could this year be considered the “not so distant future”? Also, 2020 has had 2 Friday the 13ths (March & November)! I’m just going to leave this information right here…

*upon some quick research there can be up to 3 of these puppies in a single calendar year, so I guess my powers of observation are mediocre at best*

Once I was happy with the layout, I unpinned Gertie and stabilized the folds with the pins so I could transfer it to my sewing machine.

I could have done a simple straight seam down the middle of it all. But I liked the clean look. Maybe I’ll try a straight seam on the next one.

I sewed the top folds down, then glued the flaps on the underside, and held the flaps in place with clothespins.

While it dried I contemplated how to make the closure. Velcro or button? I have tons of buttons and found one that matched the goldiness of the tie, so I went with a regular old buttonhole and button.

Almost finished!

I have a jar of labels from when I had an Etsy shop. But I don’t have anything posted anymore. Because reasons. I might be persuaded into selling again…. do your best to convince me!

3 ties down, 29 more to go!

I have another one of these necklace collars in the works. We’ll see where I go with that one!

*Cheers my Dears*

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