How to Make an Evening Bag From a Tie

By Cyndee Kromminga

Vintage accessories have become quite popular and using vintage textiles to create them is a fun approach. Make an evening bag from a tie and a few other vintage supplies for a one-of-a-kind statement. This evening bag made from a tie is also created using vintage beads from old necklaces. Visit a local thrift shop and stock up on old ties, you are going to want to make several for guests and fall craft shows.

Remove the label and the stitching from the neck tie using the seam ripper. Discard the label, interfacing and lining.

Iron the fabric of the tie, pressing the creases in the seams flat. Cut the length of the tie into four equal pieces.

With the right sides together, sew the long sides of the strips together forming a rectangular piece of fabric. Attach the strips by alternating the wide and the skinny widths and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Iron the seams open.

Measure and cut two pieces of lightweight fusible web 6-inches wide-by-9-inches long. Iron the fusible web rectangles to the back of the sewn tie fabric. Cut out the fused tie fabric.

Peel the paper backing from the fusible web on the tie pieces. Place the fused side of the two side pieces face down on the back of the lining fabric. Iron the tie a pieces to the lining and cut out.

Place the two fused tie pieces together with the right sides facing and pin. Sew a 1/4-inch seam allowance on the two short sides and one long side for the outside of the evening bag. Clip the corners and turn right side out.

Cut two pieces of the lining fabric 6-inches wide-by-9-inches long. Pin together with the right sides facing. Sew a 1/4-inch seam on the two short sides and one long side. Leave a 3-inch opening along the long stitched edge. This is the evening bag's lining. Do not turn.

Cut three pieces of the 1/2-inch wide bias tape. Fold each piece over with the long sides together. Press the bias strips and top stitch their length.

Fold the bias strip in half with the ends together. Match the raw edges of the strips with the raw edge on the evening bag. Pin on the right side of the evening bag at the side seams and the middle of one side.

Set the evening bag inside the lining bag with the right sides together. Match the edges of the side seams and pin. Sew around the top of the bag using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out through the opening in the lining bag. Machine stitch the opening closed. Iron the bag.

Cut a 45-inch length of the beading wire. Insert one end through a bias tape loop in one seam. Grasp the end of the wire and bend. Twist to attach securely. Thread length of the wire with the necklace beads. Insert the other end of the wire through the opposite bias tape loop in the other seam. Grasp the end of the wire and bend. Twist to attach securely.

Fold the remaining bias tape loop over the evening bag opening. Place a large bead in the loop opening. Move the loop and stitch the bead in place. Place the loop back over the bead to close the evening bag.


Depending on the fiber content in the tie fabric, be extremely careful when ironing. You may need a pressing cloth to avoid melting the fabric.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.