My husband was about to give away a bunch of stained and old neckties, sensing a creative project I snagged them before they were donated. I turned the old ties into these DIY Necktie Zip Pouches. A very very simple sewing project that would make a great Christmas DIY gifts for men or that ever elusive teenage boy!
Each pouch is made from 2 ties, one for the front of the pouch and one for the back. Are you surprised you can get so much fabric from a tie? So was I!
I had so much fun making these that I just kept going and made more. I think that this would be a great handmade gift for a man for Christmas but would work equally for a girl. Just pick out some more feminine prints.
For one of the pouches I added a contrast stripe to the center (the fabric that’s on the back of the pouch). You could have a lot of fun mixing and matching the patterns of the ties.
I even reused the tag from the back of the tie, a fun little touch especially if the ties are sentimental.
Want to make one? Here’s how!
- 2 neckties
- 7” metal zipper
- Shape Flex Fusible Interfacing
- Fusible Fleece
- 1 fat quarter for lining
- Zipper foot for sewing machine
Begin by carefully pulling the stitches out of the back of the necktie. Most ties are basted together and the stitches should come out easily. Open up and continue unpicking the tie down to the point.
Next remove all of the interfacing and press the fabric from the front of the tie well. You’ll need some steam to get it to lay flat again.
From the tie, cut a piece that is 10” wide and 7” tall. Start measuring 10” from the widest part of the fabric. You can adjust the size if you need to based on the size of your tie, but this is pretty standard.
Now cut the shape flex into 2 10” x 7” pieces and iron onto the back of the 2 pieces cut from the tie.
Cut out 2 pieces from your fat quarter that are 10” x 7”. Iron fusible fleece onto the back of these two pieces.
Cut from the tie another piece of fabric that is 3” x 5”. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press. Open up and turn under each long end 1/4” and press.
Cut this piece in half lengthwise so that you have 2 folded pieces.
Pin one folded piece over the end of each end of the zipper so that 1/2” of the zipper is covered by the fabric. Top stitch in place. Trim fabric to width of zipper.
Fold the tag of the tie in half and stitch to the right side of one of the cut tie pieces.
Next make a “sandwich” with the zipper in the middle.
The right side of the zipper will be facing the right side of the tie fabric, the wrong side of the zipper will be facing the right side of the lining fabric.
Using a zipper foot stitch this seam, I recommend a 1/4” – 3/8” seam allowance.
Repeat for the other side of the zipper.
Press the seams away from the zipper and top stitch along both sides of the zipper. This will help keep your lining out of your zipper and you zip and unzip the pouch.
Unzip the zipper.
Pin the pouch with outside pieces matching and lining pieces matching. Pin zipper towards lining pieces. Stitch with a 1/2” seam allowance round the entire pouch leaving a 4” opening in the lining to turn the pouch right side out.
Clip the corners and trim the seam allowances on the lining down to 1/8”. Turn the pouch right side out. Slip stitch opening closed and press well!
Have fun making zip pouches!