My neighbors gave me a bag of old ties knowing that I could do something with them. I remembered seeing a blog posting of ties being used to make a water bottle carrier and wanting to try it. Mateo, our neighbor’s son, wanted me to make one for him – so I did. This was a really fun and easy project – taking no time. It made me think about some other projects that I could make – one being a skirt – will have to think about that one. A friend had seen a tie skirt at one of the department stores and gave me the idea – that is in my brain being mulled around, but there are also some other ideas I need sort out – who knows what will be next!
Neck Tie Water Bottle Carrier (thanks to http://blog.betzwhite.com/2008/09/two-tie-sling-tutorial.html )
2 neckties, same width and degree of taper (this is important!)
Needle and thread
Sewing machine, optional
1. Line up the neckties in opposite directions, see below. Measure 14 inches from the corner of one tie point , mark with a pin. Measure 14″ on the other tie, mark with a pin. The pins should line up with the straight line of the other tie.
2. Pin edges of ties together, overlapping one slightly over the other about 1/8-1/4″ total. The ties need to be the same width for these 14″ of sewing. Use a wide zigzag to stitch down the center, or stitch by hand. The fabric may give when sewing make sure not to stretch the fabric.
3. Fold sewn part of ties in half, right side to right side, and line up sides. Pin sides together and sew, using a straight stitch, turn right side out.
4. You can make the carrier as long or as short as you want – all you need to do is tie the skinny ends together.
This took less than 30 minutes to make!