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How to Make a Purse or Wallet Using a Necktie
Follow the directions provided here and discover how to transform an unwanted necktie into a small purse or wallet that is perfect for holding change, a cell phone, or an iPod. This is a great way to recycle and would make a fun gift to give to anyone you know. It can be modified to suit a male or female of all ages.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 20 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less... time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
Let's begin.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Gathering The Supplies to Make Your Necktie Wallet
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this necktie wallet project, you will need:
- Unwanted Necktie
- Hook and Loop Tape
- Pen or Pencil
- Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine or Hand-Sewing Needle
Now we can begin.
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Measure and Cut the Necktie
Actually, before you measure and cut, you might want to take a moment and use a seam ripper to remove and labels and the loop, if applicable, from the back side of the tie.
Now, you need to decide how tall you want your wallet to be. If it will be for a cell phone of iPod, measure the device. A good size for a change purse is about 3-inches tall.
The measurement you will want to take will be double the height you want your finished purse to be, plus 1. For example, if I want my purse to be 3... inches tall when it is done, I want to measure my tie 7-inches (3 + 3 + 1 = 7).
On the back side of the tie, start measuring from the area that the arrows in the photo are pointing to and mark your cutting line. Cut on the line.
Now we can start sewing.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Start Sewing the Necktie
First, set the tie, back-side-up, on your work surface. Fold up about 1-inch of the cut edge and pin to secure. Using about a 1/4-inch seam allowance, stitch along the edge where indicated by the arrow and white dashed line in the photo. Carefully remove the pins as you sew. Do not sew over them and this can damage your machine or break the pins.
If your tie has a thicker lining in it, you might want to remove it before you sew. This will help cut down on the bulk of the finished wallet but will... make it a little flimsier. I left in the thick lining, but, once the purse was done, wished I would have taken it out. A thicker lining, though, may serve as padding to protect a cell phone or an Ipod.
Now we can sew the sides together.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Sewing the Sides of the Wallet
Next, fold the tie in half, right sides together, and pin the sides together. What was once the back side of the tie should, at this point, be facing out.
Sew down each pinned side (refer to the white dashed line in the photo), using about a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Again, carefully remove the pins as you sew. Do not sew over them.
When you are done sewing the side seams, flip the purse right-side out.
Now we can add the hook and loop tape.
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Adding the Hook and Loop Tape to the Necktie Wallet
Cut a 1/2- to 1-inch long piece of both the hook and loop tape (Velcro). Sew them onto the wallet, one piece on the front of the purse and one on the flap.
Now to add a button.
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Sew the Button on the Wallet
Adding a button to your wallet is not only a nice finishing touch, it can be used to cover up the sewing lines from step 6.
This is a nice way to personalize your project. With the wide variety of buttons available, the possibilities are almost endless. You can also use other embellishment items to decorate your wallet.
If you like, you can even add a strap to carry it like a purse.
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Adding a Strap to Your Necktie Wallet
If you want to add a strap to carry your wallet like a purse, simply use a piece of cording.
Cut a piece of cording about 2-inches longer than the desired length. Tie a small knot in each end. place the knotted ends inside the purse, along each side and stitch in place, just above the knot.