Friday, February 24, 2012

DIY Inspiration - Recycled Ties

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Before we begin, there's a few more ties gathering over on my recycled ties Pinterest board - so feel free to hop over, and make sure to let me know if you have, or have seen great tie projects to add.

Last weekend I had ties on my mind with the creation of a recycled tie dress for my Divine Little Miss M. So I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of some fabulous recycled and repurposed tie creations out there - the kinds that will have you running to your nearest thrift store to scoop up loads of ties and get busy creating. Ready?

My Purple Crayon


Liz Tibo Creations

Better n Before

Ties 2 Pillows

Michelle Claire Textiles


Atticus Finch NZ


Blue Velvet Chair

OutsaPop Trashion

Painted Oyster

Mahar Dry Goods


Rayela Art

Studio Fashion

Electric Nomad


Keira Morgan

Michelle Claire Textiles

Laura Skelton


OutsaPop Trashion

Suzanne Shenkman Designs

Art 2 the Extreme

Tiger Tea

Suzanne Shenkman Designs

Wild Hare Fiber

By Melissa

Ties 2 Pillows

Senseless Art

Tomate d'epingles

Lisnaweary Quilts

Inspired yet? These projects were all discovered on Flickr  - and I'm sure there are so many more to be found across the Web. Let me know if you've recycled or repurposed ties by leaving a comment here or on the Blue Velvet Chair Facebook page

And before signing off, I ran across these two pics below that I thought would also be fun to share.

Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch

This guy just cracks me up. Repurposed ties back in 1988!

Do you have a specific collection that you'd like me to put together? Let me know and I'll get working on it!

Until next time...

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  1. Love all the ideas! I've made one that is not on your list and have seen another fun one that I must try.
    Must try:

    1. Thanks for the share, Halle. Your cute little purse is part of the collection now on my recycled ties Pinterest board:

  2. Amazing, who knew there could be so many creative ways to re-use ties! My husband refuses to wear one ever (except at our wedding, haha!) but now I have a good reason to pick up thrifted ones all the same :)

    1. Suki - I know..I absolutely love how creative people can be! Be prepared for a few glances as you lay out your ties in the thrift store to find the right color themes. And have fun with it!

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    1. Not a fan of recycled tie projects?

    2. My daddy just passed couple month ago and I was thinking to give something significant to my mom, sister and aunts handmade with his ties, this game me a lot of hope to keep his memories alive ! THANKS

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  5. waaaa! i need to learn to sew! so many ties... so little skill....

    impressed, as always, with your finds, mike! can't wait til the next one!

    1. Amy - I'm right there with ya! I'm crap at sewing, but great with fun experimentation. My stuff always requires an element of "I will love it no matter how it turns out" in order to succeed :-)

  6. Love this post!

    I'm OBSESSED with vintage ties! I created a tie skirt a while back and wear it all the time!

    I also used 'Vintage Ties' as the theme for a supplement I did to get into college, Made a Tie Lamp Drawing and A cool collage from paint chips!

    Create with ties!!! Thank you for your ideas- i've collected hundreds more- planning to make a chair, possibly a dress and definitely a bag!

    xo, Margo Isadora

    1. Thanks, Margo! I'm looking around for a pic of your tie lampshade - was there an actual one made? Or just the painting?

  7. I love this, your blog is amazing! I am always looking for new inspiration for re-purposing old clothing. I have tried the tie skirt before but my sewing skills were ridiculous and I gave up... I'll have to drag those ties out again.

    If you'd like check out my Aprons, I make them from recycled t-shirts.

  8. Hi,
    I loved the ideas of recycling and published in my blog.

  9. My blog is all about neckties and features many of these projects. Lots of goodness in my archives too, as well as a sewing with neckties group on flickr

  10. Grate post! Here in my blog ( you can find my two ideas how to recycle ties. 1. height ruler for kids room, 2. purse for mobile phone and electronic card. Best wishes!

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