How To Make A Necktie Pillow

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We have another great sewing project for you today. If you have a bunch of old neckties laying around, we have a wonderful sewing project you can make. Today, I’m going to show you How To Make A Necktie Pillow! The necktie pillow cover is a great way to upcycle a bunch of neckties all at once. This project can also make for a great memory pillow. If you have a loved one that has left behind multiple ties, this could be a great way to remember that loved one. I made these from some of my dad’s favorite ties and it is a wonderful way to remember him. It is a great conversation piece and there is a story behind each tie. It is simple to sew and any beginner that is comfortable sewing together fabric will have no problem with this project. This pillow is quick to make as well. You can make it in about half an hour or less depending on your skill. The more unique the ties you use in this, the more fun the pillow looks. You can adjust the number of ties you use based on the size of pillow you want to cover. 

In addition, you’ll need some thread to match your neckties. You’ll need about a yard of woven fabric and some kind of pillow to size your cover off of. Besides that, you’ll just need some basic sewing supplies like pins, a sewing machine, scissors, or a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. Gather up your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

How To Make A Necktie Pillow

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How To Make A Necktie Pillow

Step 1: Measure Pillow Form and Cut Out Pillow Fabric

Start this how to make a necktie pillow sewing tutorial by measuring and cutting out your fabric. I suggest measuring the pillow form that your pillow cover will be going over. You may have to adjust your pillow cover if it is a bit more or less than 20” x 20”. If your pillow is 20” x 20” then you will cut ONE 21” x 21” and TWO rectangles that are 21” x 15”. 

Step 2: Prep the Back of the Pillow Cover

Before you really start constructing the pillow, you are going to hem the back pieces to make for a clean finish. To hem, grab one of the two back pieces and simply fold down one long side about ½” and then another ½”. Pin the edge to secure and then do the same for the other piece. 

Now, head over to your sewing machine and sew a straight stitch down the hem to secure in place. Use a ¼” inseam. Complete this step for both backsides.

Step 3: Layout Ties

Next on this DIY necktie pillow tutorial, lay out the ties in the pattern you wish. Start by placing the front pillow cover on your workplace. Next, start placing the ties on top of the front pillow cover. Place the first tie with the bottom of the tie in a corner of the pillow cover and the top of the tie at the corner diagonal. After, start placing the ties all in the same direction with the sides touching one another. Continue placing ties down until the front pillow cover has been completely covered. 

Step 4: Sew Ties Together

Next, you are going to secure the ties and start sewing the ties together one by one. Start by folding the first tie over to the second tie right side to right side and clip or pin together. After, take the second tie and fold over towards the third tie right side to right side and pin or clip together. Continue clipping or pinning until you have pinned or clipped all the ties together. 

Once you have all the ties together, you are going sew them to secure them. Using a straight stitch and a ¼” inseam, sew the clipped or pinned ties together.

NOTE: If you have a serger, it may be better to use since the material can be quite bulky. If you do not have a serger, you may have to change your sewing machine needle to one that is more durable like a jean’s needle. In addition, if you find that the material is not feeding through, you can change your sewing foot to a walking foot. 

Step 5: Trim Ties and Sew to Front Pillow Case Cover

Place the neckties right side down onto a cutting mat and then place the front pillow cover on top with front side down. Using the rotary cutter, cut the extra edges off the ties so that the edges match the front pillow cover. 

Clip or pin the front pillow cover to the ties. Sew or serge ties to front pillow cover using a straight stitch and ¼” inseam.

Step 6: Construct Pillow Cover

Lay front pillow cover right side up so ties are facing up. Place one side of the back cover right side down with the edge of the back cover to the edge of the front cover. Place the second back cover on the opposite side of the first. Pin or clip all around the pillow. Sew or serge around the entire pillow using a straight stitch and ¼” inseam.

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Step 7: Finish Pillow

For the last step in this how to make a necktie pillow, simply flip the pillow right side out through the flap. Stuff pillow form through the back flap to fill pillow cover out.  And that’s it! Now you have a cute statement piece that will be a great conversation starter. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing you gave some new life to some old ties. This is a great project for beginners. These ties are my dad’s and this is a great way to keep his memory in our home.

If you liked learning how to make a necktie pillow, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, be certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How To Make A Necktie Pillow

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Repurpose old neckties into a cute pillow cover! This is a fun and unique sewing project anyone can do!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $12.00

Instructions

  1. Measure & cut out your fabric pieces.
  2. Before you really start constructing the pillow, you are going to hem the back pieces to make for a clean finish. To hem, grab one of the two back pieces and simply fold down one long side about ½” and then another ½”. Pin the edge to secure and then do the same for the other piece. 
  3. Sew a straight stitch down the hem to secure in place. Use a ¼” inseam. Complete this step for both back sides.  
  4. Next, layout the ties in the pattern you wish. Start by placing the front pillow cover on your workplace.
  5.  Next, start placing the ties on top of the front pillow cover. Place the first tie with the bottom of the tie in a corner of the pillow cover and the top of the tie at the corner diagonal. 
  6.  After, start placing the ties all in the same direction with the sides touching one another. Continue placing ties down until the front pillow cover has been completely covered.  
  7. Start by folding the first tie over to the second tie right side to right side and clip or pin together. After, take the second tie and fold over towards the third tie right side to right side and pin or clip together. Continue clipping or pinning until you have pinned or clipped all the ties together. 
  8. Once you have all the ties together, you are going sew them to secure them. Using a straight stitch and a ¼” inseam, sew the clipped or pinned ties together. 
  9. Place the ties right side down onto a cutting mat and then place the front pillow cover on top with front side down.
  10.  Using the rotary cutter, cut the extra edges off the ties so that the edges match the front pillow cover. 
  11.  Clip or pin the front pillow cover to the ties. 
  12. Sew or serge ties to front pillow cover using a straight stitch and ¼” inseam. 
  13. Lay front pillow cover right side up so ties are facing up. Place one side of the back cover right side down with the edge of the back cover to the edge of the front cover. 
  14.  Place the second back cover on the opposite side of the first. Pin or clip all around the pillow. 
  15.  Sew or serge around the entire pillow using a straight stitch and ¼” inseam.
  16.    Flip the pillow right side out through the flap. Stuff pillow form through back flap to fill pillow cover out.  
  17. Enjoy!

Notes

If you have a serger, it may be better to use since the material can be quite bulky. If you do not have a serger, you may have to change your sewing machine needle to one that is more durable like a jean’s needle. In addition, if you find that the material is not feeding through, you can change your sewing foot to a walking foot. 

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