Tie One On- Thrifted Necktie Coffee Cozy

Tie One On- Thrifted Necktie Coffee Cozy

So, ya’ll wouldn’t mind if I did another necktie project, would you? I know I’ve made wine bottle gift bags… and fun front door wreathes… but this little project is perfect for Autumn. With Pumpkin Spice Lattes back in our greedy little hands, I decided to put a thrifted necktie to good use once again.

First of all, forgive me for the photo switcheroo… as I was making these, I realized I was using cute neckties that were HORRIBLE to photograph. But it’s an easy 20-minute project and I hope you’ll let me slide this time.

I started off with this cute polka-dot tie.

For the folks that love polka dots!

For the folks that love polka dots!

And measured 13 inches in from the wide end and snipped.

Preppin' the cozy-to-be.

Preppin’ the cozy-to-be.

At the freshly-cut (straight) end, I snipped off another ½” of the inner core of the tie (i.e., not the silk). Then I folded the silk ends over and stitched across- nothing fancy, just to close it up.

Seal the deal, even if it's a bit messy.

Seal the deal, even if it’s a bit messy.

I added a couple of inches of Velcro to each side of the cozy: about two inches of “loops” (Velcro’s softer half) to the FRONT of the narrower straight edge side, and about two inches of “hooks” (Velcro’s scratchier half) to the BACK of the wider, pointy edge side.

Tie switcheroo for photographing purposes!  These are the Velcro loops.

Tie switcheroo for photographing purposes! These are the Velcro loops.

And these are the Velcro hooks.

And these are the Velcro hooks.

To give it a little more panache and to hide some of the stitches for the Velcro, I gave each cozy a little button love- just for decoration and not for functional use.

Gotta use up some of my button stash. :)

Gotta use up some of my button stash. 🙂

And then I was done- ta da! Perfect little coffee cup cozies… I tested it with a hot cup of coffee at home and the tie insulated the heat just fine for my hand. However, if you want additional insulation, just add a same-shape piece of felt to the backside of the tie before adding the Velcro.

Done- cute, right??

Done- cute, right??

CUTE! Now I really wanted a pumpkin spice latte- anyone buying?

Craft on!



  1. These are really cute! Good use of an old tie 😉

  2. What do you do about cleaning the neckties beforehand? There have been many articles and news stories on TV about how many germs neckties carry.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      That’s a good question, Peggy- I’m very picky about the ties I purchase and avoid any with obvious stains or odors. A lot of vintage ties are polyester or acetate, and those can be handwashed in cold water with gentle detergent. However, most silk ties are DCO and I adhere to that recommendation.

  3. That is so cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

  4. these upcycled necktie coffee cozies are awesome! love them Sarah!

  5. What a cute and fun way to re-purpose neckties, and as an added bonus, protecting your hands from a hot cup. With the hot drink season quickly approaching, this will come in handy! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Party in Your PJs….it is so great to have you with us each week.

  6. So cute! These would make a great fathers Day gift. So glad to find you on Party in your PJ’s!

  7. How cute! I might have to make one for my step-father!

  8. What a great idea and way to repurpose some of those ugly old ties lol!

  9. Such a cute thrifted DIY – thanks for sharing this week at the #WWDParty.

  10. What a great idea! These would be great for my hubby who loves his coffee!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  11. really cute!

  12. Very cute! Another awesome recycle. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  13. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

  14. This is too cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  15. The Domestic Curator says:

    I adore this clever craft! Pinning – coming to you from TBT!

  16. Adorable…easy project! Will be looking for ties at Care Help on Friday. Sending a Kajun hug and a cyber latte yout way!

  17. Another great upcycled craft project Sarah! You do them so well 🙂 And if you every find someone buying I will totally take a pumpkin spice latte! Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Amanda!! And thank you for hosting such a great link-up party every week- I’m so happy to be there. 🙂

  18. Love this idea!

  19. Hi Sadie, Your post is being featured tomorrow @DearCreatives Inspiration Spotlight party! Drop by to see your feature and grab a button. PS. Don’t forget to have a great weekend and link up again tomorrow or anytime 😉

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Awesome!!! Thank you so much for letting me know and I’ll be sure to grab a button. So glad I found your link party! 🙂

  20. This is just the cutest thing ive seen today!!! how adorable! Would be perfect for fathers day breakfast too. Thanks for sharing. Come visit sometime.!

  21. These are so cute! Great small gift idea!

  22. Thank you so much for attending week 3 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. These necktie coffee cozies are such a great idea! They look really cute.
    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight . Have a great day!

  23. Super cute and functional! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick®

  24. This is such a cute idea (and a great way to use those old ties!) Any coffee drinker would get good use out of this!

  25. Such a cute idea! This is the perfect way to repurpose old ties, and I love the added button!

  26. Very cute idea! I love seeing projects made out of things that are easy to pick up at thrift stores. This is a unique twist on something to do with a tie!

  27. These totally make me smile!! So cute!!

  28. Barbara Booth says:

    Love the wine covers and decided to give them a try for Christmas gifts with a bottle of wine included. But I do have one son who is a Beer drinker so I might give this cozy a little tweeking and see if I can get it to fit around a Beer Can for him. When my Dad passed away he left some great neck ties and cuff links so instead of buttons thought I might try adding the cuff links instead. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


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