A while back, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about old ties. What was once an everyday staple of many a man’s wardrobe may now be hanging dust collectors! Because more workplaces are moving to casual attire, the tie rarely surfaces on a day to day basis. So what does one do with a closet full of dormant ties? Afterall, how many does one man need? Enter the FACS classroom! Clever and creative FACS teachers, teaching any kind of sewing unit, would benefit from the donation as their students work at repurposing the necktie into another functional piece of fashion or art!
Uses for the Necktie (AS IS)
- Before you start deconstructing those neckties, you may want to keep a few around so students have actual ties to practice with as they learn to tie a tie! While not necessarily worn everyday, there are still a few occasions where a necktie is still considered appropriate and professional…AKA, the job interview! Here is a great video demonstrating “How to Tie a Tie: Windsor Knot“.
- For those activities that require students to be blindfolded such as taste tests and/or trust walks, I have used old neckties as blindfolds. They fit many different head sizes and because I’m only using them as blindfolds, I have thrown them in the wash to keep them clean after each use.
Repurposed Necktie Projects
- A Pillow Made for Dad (Beginner)
- Necktie Pillow (Intermediate–Advanced)
- Potholders or Tivets: I would use the pillow instructions, but insert a layer of Insul-Bright batting (affliliate link) in between my layers instead of a pillow form.
- Coasters: Similar to the pillow instructions, but cut down into smaller squares. Could be a great use for the scraps!
- NeckTie Eye Glass Case
- Necktie Zip-Pouches
- Necktie Headbands (Quick & Easy)
- Woven Memory Quilt Made from Ties
- DIY Cuff Bracelet (Bonus–teach how to sew a button at the same time!)
- Rattlesnake Toy (In place of googly eyes, I would sew on actual pieces of felt or embroider French knots for safety reasons.)
- Repurposing the Necktie Design Challenge: If you have talented and creative students, why not let them design their own project, making it a classroom challenge or competition! You could set it up similar to the Recycled Sweater Challenge.