Jul 042010
This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of hand-sewing and comes with a serious caution – be super careful with the box cutter! Another caution – if you value your fabric-cutting scissor, do not use it to cut plastic – it will dull the blades.


When working with neckties (my favorite material to repurpose), I often end up with a handful of skinny necktie ends that don’t get used in the initial project. But there is a purpose (or repurpose) for nearly every scrap, so I toss them all into a box with their cousins for later use. If you don’t have a stash of neckties (and resultant scraps) like I do, just head out to your local thrift shop – you can usually score beautiful neckties for a dollar or two each. I would suggest raiding your husband’s/boyfriend’s/father’s/uncle’s closet, but in the interest of keeping the peace, I never said such a thing.

For this project you will need:

  • a skinny necktie end
  • a plastic yogurt (or similar) container, washed and sanitized
  • a sew-on snap fastener
  • a button
  • scissors and/or box cutter
  • cutting/working surface
  • needle and thread

First, cut the necktie end to a length that will fit around your wrist with about a one-inch overlap, plus an additional 1/2 inch for hemming. You can make it snug like a wrist cuff, or a little loose like a bangle – it’s up to you.

Next, using either scissors or box-cutter, cut your plastic container straight down the side.

Cut off the top lip and the flat bottom.

Then cut out a 1-inch wide strip (wider or narrower to suit the width of your necktie end).

Feed the plastic strip into the necktie, between the lining and the front of the tie (the underside of the tie is usually stitched to the lining, so you can only feed it in at the front). Once it’s all the way in, trim the excess plastic strip as needed to allow for hemming the tie.

Next, turn the raw end of the tie to the inside, pin it, and sew.

I use a blind stitch to hide the thread as best I can, but you don’t have to be that fussy – just keep it tidy. You can even machine stitch it, but I prefer to hand-sew for this particular project.

If you still have a bit of plastic sticking out of the tie at the pointed end, trim it down so that it’s all tucked away and hidden. Then, hand stitch closed the opening (again I use a blind stitch) to completely encase the plastic strip.

Sew on your snap fastener to fit the way you like (you’ll have a bit of wiggle room, depending on the length of tie you cut).

Then, opposite the snap, sew a decorative button to the outside.

These necktie cuff bracelets are so easy to make that you’ll want to make a bunch.

They’re nice and lightweight which is great for the summer – a perfect accessory to liven up your outfit!

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  32 Responses to “Tutorial –Necktie Cuff Bracelet”

  1. Even I can do this! Love it!

  2. is there any place I can buy these? I have ZERO sewing skills 🙁

  3. I can’t see the pictures

  4. Hey anonymous, the pictures are back now. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. This is sooooo adorable!!! I am totally doing this!!! Absolutely love it!!

  6. I’m going to do this with one of the ties that belonged to my dad as another way to remember him!

  7. that is so cute are there any videos?

  8. No videos – sorry!

  9. Love this! I have found my weekend project.

  10. Do u have other necktie projects? I have a ton of ties.

    • I have a necktie skirt project. I will post it on my current blog in a week or two. Check out lindaeverett dot com. Thanks for the comment!

  11. Found some ties at the local thrift store and am so excited to give this a shot! Looks so cute.

  12. I found some ties this weekend too! This is at the top of my weekend craft project list!

  13. WHATTTTT???

  14. What do you do with the fat ends?

  15. Very cute, gonna make some for my great nieces.

  16. would love to print this out so my girl scouts could see how do. Each Christmas and at other times throughout the year we do service projects for childen living at our local children’s home. This would be a cute, inexpensive gift we could make and put in each child’s Christmas stocking. (which we are also making.

    • That is a wonderful project for the girls! They will have lots of fun with it. Best of luck!

  17. They look so easy, I am going to get my husband to find his ties, he has not worn one in a very, very, long time.

  18. Such a wonderful idea, I have alot of beads so I think I will really jazz it up.

  19. This project works well with kid size ties too.

  20. Great Idea to do a bracelet……..

  21. Cant sew could we use hot glue?

  22. How do you cut the plastic to get a straight piece? I know it curls but mine is curved too.

    • You just have to cut it narrow enough that the curve is not a big issue. I find it works well with the larger yogurt tubs – they are not as curvy.

  23. Your tutorial is phenomenal. Many people say they will explain how to do something, you really REALLY did. Thank you so much for the detailed and wonderful description. Great project.

    • Thank you Sonia! I just had a look at your site and I LOVE your silk and fabric art. So inspiring!!

  24. So inspiring….going to try making…..

  25. Definitely going to try making some!

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