If you have old neckties that have become a bit misshapen, or have simply gone out of style, it’s time to give them a second chance. Here’s how to create a Necktie Wallet. Click here for instructions on how to make a Necktie Necklace.
Note: These are easy projects to sew by hand, if you don’t have a sewing machine.
- Old necktie
- Ribbon (5 inches)
- Sewing machine & thread -or- needle
- Lanyard hook (optional)
1) Begin by ironing the tie. Protect it with a cloth and use steam. We’ll be using the bottom 8 inches of the tie.
2) Trim the bottom edge so that it’s straight. Fold tie tie right sides together, and sew along the short side with a 1/4 inch seam. Rotate the fabric so that the seam is now in the middle.
3) Next sew along the bottom. Use a zig-zag stitch to encase the raw edge. If you’re hand-sewing, use a blanket stitch to minimize fraying. Turn right side out.
4) Now we’ll add a snap. Hand sew one piece on the interior of the point. Sew the other snap piece where the fabrics meet. Make sure that when you fold the flap down, the two pieces match up.
5) Finally, we’ll add the ribbon loop. Cut 5 inches of ribbon and fold in half to make a loop. You can save yourself step 6 by folding this ribbon loop in half lengthwise, making it very skinny. Place in the left corner of your wallet. Sew in place with a zig-zag stitch.
6) Because I didn’t think to fold my ribbon in half lengthwise before sewing, I’m doing it now, but sewing a couple of stitches to pinch the ribbon together. This makes the wallet close more securely.
7) If you’d like, you can add a lanyard hook to make it easier to take the wallet on and off your keychain.