For the men who have everything

If your like me you'll always struggle to find that perfect present for the men in your life. They always seem to have everything!

My current obsession with Christmas magazines has finally paid off. I found such a great tutorial for the perfect gift for all the men in my life.

If your reading this and you happen to be my Dad or brother then stop reading right now. Seriously close the  computer window and go and do something else for a second.

Right then, the tutorial.

You know who men's wallets always have the smallest space for coins? Well steal one of their old ties and make a coin wallet out of it.
This is super simple. I'm not at all a whizz on a sewing machine, so if I can do it you can too. In fact you don't even need a sewing machine, you can make it without.

You will need:
Tie
Tape measure
Scissors
Pins
Needle and thread
Iron and ironing board
Press stud
Decorative button
Sewing machine (optional)

How to:
Measure 25cm up from the tie's point and cut across, the discard the skinny part of the tie. Fold the raw edge over on itself to create a neat hem, pin, then stitch together.


Fold the straight edge of the tie towards the point by 7.5cm and pin along each side. Sew together.



Fold the point of the tie over, this should nearly meet the bottom edge, and press flat. Sew the press stud into the tie. One half should go up 1cm from the point on the underside. Make sure the other part of the press stud sits exactly opposite the other side.


Finally, attach your decorative button with a few stitches just above the point on the front of the tie.


The greatest thing about this craft? It was totally free. I had everything to hand, and stole a tie from my Dad. Don't worry I made sure it was an old one!

What do you make/buy for the men in your life?

11 comments

Noreen said...

What a fun way to recycle a necktie - and make a gift, too!

jennycute said...

Very cute! Nice idea, I'm sure my dad has lots of ties he never wears. Will have to have a peek when he is out!

It is so difficult to buy for guys - been looking today and ended up just buying loads for my mum as she is easy to buy for!

WTFab said...

This is a great idea! My boyfriend always carrying loose change around. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

Svenja said...

Really nice idea!
As I do not have a man in my life who I can call partner or husband, I will have to only buy one present for a guy and that is my dad! Once I have given him Tommy Hilfiger socks (he expressed the wish for socks, otherwise I would have been a little more creative, ha ha) and he just said while breakfast that he would love those again. Nevertheless, I find that there should also be something more personal than that, that's why I will make a painting for him as well this year!

Love,
Svenja
xx

Nikki said...

A necktie, who knew! It looks super cute. Haha, i like how you put the disclaimer for your dad or your brother to go away. I found ya on the Sunday Funday blog hop. I hope your having a great weekend!

Nikki
www.thecraftysideofsarcasm.com

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Hi Helen, great idea. I agree, this is perfect for guys. My husband carries around a small coin purse all the time.

Ana Lopes said...

Hi, this is so pretty and amazing!
Wonderful way to recycle neckties, I must try because my husband has some that he wears no more. Thanks so much for sharing! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
Happy week !

Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com


Mrs Hurley said...

This is a great DIY!!

I'm a new follower from the GFC Blog HOp.
Come by and visit me at Hurley Love

Bunny Girl said...

Great DIY!

Mandy
http://bunnygirlblog.com

Kimberly Bikowski said...

Such a great idea and my husband has a lot of ties he needs to get rid of. Following from the hop.

Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

Shannon said...

That's a great idea! I just did a review last week about a purse made from an old necktie. Found you from the hop.
http://www.housesbyshannon.blogspot.com

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