Create your own Rockin’ Vintage Necktie Wristlets below:
Grab some funky vintage neckties & a lurvly coordinating button for each.
I got these beauties for a mere €0.20 each at our local charity shop.
Remove the tags & add them to your vintage-tag-collection-that-will-eventually-be-stitched-together-and-turned-into-something-cool.
Decide how long you’d like your wristlet to be & chop it up.
Cut 25cms from the skinny end of the tie.
Wrap the remaining ‘skinny’ of the tie around your wrist to get a visual of your desired strap length and chop it off.
Turn the wide part of the tie inside-out, unpick the stitches, remove the lining & open it up.
Using the first tie as a template, repeat the above steps with all of your vintage victims.
As much as I loathe ironing I highly recommend busting out the hausfrau torture device & pressing your ties. If necessary, fold under the lining at the point & flatten it – it’ll make sewing the seam oh-so-much-easier.
Double fold the bottom of the tie & iron the crap out of it – this can be a fab’ arm workout depending on the age of your ties.
Fold the bottom of the tie up to the start of the point-lining & press.
Fold in the sides & press *you can also skip this step & just cut off the excess triangle bits at the sides.
Open up the tie, fold in any remaining possible-fray areas & press.
Pop over to the machine & stitch your seams.
+ all the way around the outside.
Once hemmed, fold your almost-a-wristlet into it’s final shape.
Lift the top flap, grab the strap, snip out a bit of the lining on the ends and insert it into the side of the wristlet.
For extra strength & a bit o’ detail, I like to doodle stitch back & forth and up & down the sides.
Time to add the button-hole to the flap…I’ve always been a bit wary of all of the weirdly shaped shiny metal attachments that came with my machine & this was my first experience with a button-hole-foot. I was shocked at how easy it was to use! My charity-shop-bought 20 year old machine even helpfully provided the exact settings so all I had to do was insert the fabric & step on the pedal!
Carefully slice through the centre of the perfect new button-hole & stitch the lurvly button onto the pouch.
Go make another one!
I thought I’d give my ‘birdie’ wristlet a lining…here’s what I did:
Removed the point lining.
Grabbed a piece of lace & put them together right-sides-facing.
Zipped over to the machine & stitched them together.
Trimmed off the excess fabric & zigzagged around the edges to prevent fraying.
Turned right-side-out & pressed flat.
Back to the machine for an all-around top-stitch & then simply sewed it all together like the others.
Lovely blue birdies & lovelier blue lace lining.
They’re so quick to create I’ve made a few more:
and here’s a clever use for those scrappy leftover ends.