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Published on June 7th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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How-to: Fancy Up a Necktie with Applique

DIY Bird Tie Finished
Don’t you just love the necktie section of the thrift store? The one I frequent most is always full of a fun mix of throwback patterns, cheesy characters, and some more modern designs. It’s those throwback ties that really speak to me, and sometimes I can’t resist snagging a couple, even if I don’t know what I’m planning to do with it. In conclusion, I have a huge stack of neckties, and I bet that a lot of you have at least one old tie laying around that needs a little makeover.

With Father’s Day and graduations coming up, a modded-out necktie is a perfect gift to have handy, and it’s easy as pie to dress up a thrifted necktie with a custom applique made from recycled felt! Since ties are pretty narrow, this is also a great project for felt scraps that you might have saved up.

As you can see in the photo above, I went with a lovebird tie for my sweetie, but you could do any design you like. The more personal for your giftee the better!

Next >> Planning your design


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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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