The Givenchy tie happens to be in one of my favourite colours, so rather than donate it back to the Op Shop, I put it aside to make an accessory with.
My initial thought was to make a wooden beaded necktie necklace (seen here), but I changed my mind, and thought it would make a nice brooch instead. Here it is:
:: Upcycled Necktie Flower Brooch ::
This was really, really easy to make, and took less than half an hour to complete. The project involves minimal cutting therefore minimal waste.
Upcycled Necktie Flower Brooch Tutorial
- Secondhand necktie, thrifted is fine, it doesn't have to be silk.
- Needle and thread. I used 'invisible' nylon thread.
- Seam ripper, otherwise you could just use scissors.
- Decorative button
- Glue gun and brooch back, this is optional, as you could also sew on a safety pin.
:: Materials Used ::
(Glue gun not shown)
Remove inner lining of necktie. To do this, either use a seam ripper or scissors to cut away the thread that holds the necktie together at the back.
:: Carefully Snip ::
:: Lining Exposed ::
Once that is done, keep hold of the necktie inner lining, you will use this later.
:: Lining Removed ::
Hold your necktie and start folding it around in a circle, starting with the larger end first. Pins might help you here to hold in place as you fold. Use your needle and thread to sew by hand and hold in place.
:: Fold in Circle, Pin & Sew ::
Keep folding and hand sewing in a circle, on top of the the previous layer. Each layer should be placed slightly in from the edge of the last layer
You're just about done now, the final step is to sew a decorative button to the centre front (if you want to) of your flower brooch.
:: Add Centre Button ::
The fourth and final step is to attach a pin to the back. I've also used the removed lining from the necktie and cut two circles as backing for my pin (you can see my cut circles in the third image above). You don't have to do this if you don't want to, but I find the backing circles cover the messy bit at the back.
:: Necktie Lining Circle ::
Then, add your pin. I have plenty of brooch back pins at home that I use for my zipper brooches (brooch backs purchased in bulk from etsy). I used a glue gun to attach both the backing circles and brooch back pin to the rear. If you don't have a brooch pin, no need to go out and buy one, you could sew a safety pin onto the back which would work just as well.
:: Necktie Brooch Back ::
:: Upcycled Givenchy Necktie Flower Brooch ::
Let me know if you try this, or if you have any questions with the tutorial.