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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Family Ties

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 11, 2015 2:52:34 PM
Family Ties

I can’t believe the holidays are coming up so fast! If you’re like me, you try to get as much accomplished in advance as possible. One thing you can start thinking about are gifts you can make yourself. This upcycled tie scarf is so easy you can make one for every woman on your list! Instead of buying a new outfit, add color to a basic black sweater and you’ll be ready for every party.

Men’s ties are abundant at Goodwill. At less than $2.00 they’re a bargain! I found a pretty paisley silk tie in pink.

Carefully cut away the stitching on the back side of the tie with a seam ripper, or small scissors. Most ties are sewn by hand, so it should be easy to do. Remove the interfacing or lining. The scarf would be too bulky if left in.

Pleat the tie starting four inches from the point. There are no hard-and-fast rules. I made six, one-inch pleats, but you can do more or less, bigger, or smaller. Lay it out, pin it and rearrange it until you get a pattern you like. Then, hand-sew the pleats in place. No need to iron, you want a soft, pretty ruffle.

Cut off 12-14 inches from the skinny end. Fold in the raw edge and sew. My finished scarf measures about 29 inches. Allow plenty of extra length so you can wear it several ways.

Drape it around your neck and hold in place with a pretty pin. Change the pin to match the rest of your outfit, sweater, or event. It’s an amazingly simple project!

Topics: Merri Cvetan, DIY gifts, home decor expert Merri Cvetan

  • Family Ties
    This upcycled tie scarf is so easy you can make one for every woman on your list! Instead of buying a new outfit, add color to a basic black sweater and you’ll be ready for every party.
  • Family Ties

    Men’s ties are abundant at Goodwill. At less than $2.00 they’re a bargain! I found a pretty paisley silk tie in pink.

  • Family Ties

    Carefully cut away the stitching on the back side of the tie with a seam ripper, or small scissors. Most ties are sewn by hand, so it should be easy to do. Remove the interfacing or lining. The scarf would be too bulky if left in.

  • Family Ties
    Pleat the tie starting four inches from the point. There are no hard-and-fast rules. I made six, one-inch pleats, but you can do more or less, bigger, or smaller.
  • Family Ties

    Lay it out, pin it and rearrange it until you get a pattern you like. Then, hand-sew the pleats in place. No need to iron, you want a soft, pretty ruffle.

  • Family Ties

    Cut off 12-14 inches from the skinny end. Fold in the raw edge and sew. My finished scarf measures about 29 inches. Allow plenty of extra length so you can wear it several ways.

  • Family Ties
    Drape it around your neck and hold in place with a pretty pin. Change the pin to match the rest of your outfit, sweater, or event. It’s an amazingly simple project!