After using the short end of a tie to a-la-mode a onesie I still had the rest of it left, so my next project was a necktie wristlet. I’ve seen some fun photos of these on Pinterest but didn’t have a tutorial, so I made one up as I went along. It turned out great, and I think it will make a fun girly present . . . perhaps with a gift card tucked inside. ♥
NOTE: The numbers on the directions match the numbers on the pictures in the gallery below. Click on a photo for a larger view.
(1) Cut the necktie 16 inches from the large end.
(2) Unsew the tie a bit in order to cut off about two inches of the lining so it doesn’t get too bulky when you turn the end under.
(3) Make square corners at the end, turn under, and hand stitch in place.
(4) Cut 13 inches from the middle (skinniest) part of the tie. Unsew it and remove the lining.
(5) Fold this piece in half the long way, pin it, and stitch the sides together to form the wristlet’s strap.
(6) Fold up and pin 4 ½ inches of the bottom part of the tie with wrong sides together, tucking the raw edges of the strap into the side. Because of the tie’s shape, the sides won’t line up perfectly, but that’s okay. Simply stitch along the edge of the skinnier part, backstitching at the top and bottom of each seam for extra sturdiness.
(7) After selecting a button, make a buttonhole in the top flap.
(8) Sew on the button, being careful to only go through the top layer of fabric so you don’t close up the pocket. I love this feminine button from my grandmother’s collection.
(9) Gather the items you want to carry.
(10) Tuck them inside the two pockets, and you’re ready to go!
P.S. Awesomesauce later made a variation on this tutorial that I LOVE! Go check it out! ♥