Organic and handmade go ‘hand in hand’, so look forward to loads of handmade projects and ideas over the next few weeks here on…..we share spirited ways to repurpose, adventurous ways to play up nature in your gifts, and all kinds of naturally creative schtuff, so keep checkin’ in and enjoy…..

We’re kicking things off today with Etsy and a big “WhooHoo”….Our “Power of Code” Tie project was featured today as part of Etsy’s How-To Tuesday. Thanks to HGTV and Etsy!

That one is ‘fresh off the bench’ as I like to say and all in all it went together quite nicely.

The freezer paper/inkjet printer technique is a fabulous way to get a cool printed look on fabric, by the way!  It’s crisp, clear and pretty amazing.

I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big fan of patterns.  They can sometimes confuse the heck out of things for me and they can slow down progress….On the flipside of that, however, I do usually learn a thing or two from them.

This proved to be no exception.  I had never made a necktie from scratch before, so I planned on going at it two different ways…1. with a REAL pattern and 2. by using an old necktie that I took apart as a pattern.  I wanted to keep the steps as simple as possible, as well as budget friendly by working with things you may already have for part of it, so just using an old necktie seemed like the better alternative…if it would work.

I did the REAL pattern first and ended up ripping out stitches here and there at least 6 times due to stupid errors or improper deciphering of instructions.

The second one I did using the old tie as my pattern went together beautifully, easily and without all the mistakes…(having the experience of the first one I’m sure helped, as did one tip I learned from the pattern re: the ends of the tie)….I think it was because visually, it was just a lot easier for me to see how these things go together. …how the seams were turned, where things were stitched and clipped, etc…

In the end, I’m admittedly proud of the results and had a ball working on them.

I also realized that things are starting to pile up around here, so why not have some fun giving away the different projects we end up having to make for things like this.   WE MAKE it, YOU may as well TAKE it! That’s what the holidays are all about, right?!

That makes one less gift you have to make or buy, my friends.  To make it easy, just leave a quick comment as to why you should win this one of a kind beauty.  The guys will pick a winner and we’ll ship it your way.  I’m giving away both the mossy green one and the grey one!

Cheers to the start of the holiday season and all things handmade!


  1. Laina Lamb says:

    This is sooo cool. I know a self professed techno geek who would LOVE one! It sure beats the Christmas tree ties with the lights and music!

  2. Belinda says:

    My son would look great in…He is a code geek away at college…No time to create so it would be wonderful to win belinda

  3. Mikey R says:

    I code all day long and then come home and dream of code all night, I might as well wear it on my clothes.

  4. Janelle says:

    I love this idea. I have an eight year old son who chooses to wear neckties at least 3 or 4 times a week since he was 2! It is almost impossible to find great ties for little boys. I’m going to have to try this out with ties for him.
    Thanks for such a great idea!

  5. Michele Beschen says:

    Will be drawing at the end of today….wish everyone could win one…..GR8 Comments! THANK YOU ALL FOR PLAYING ALONG! Will announce as soon as we draw. Cheers!

  6. nancy beach says:

    These ties are very cool. My techie hubby Wear ties only for special occasions. These are right up his alley and would make a statement for him. What a way to tell people (as if they don’t know) that he that if he is going to wear a tie it will be one that shouts, Hey this is me.

  7. JodiBlonde says:

    These ties will speak for themselves. What a great conversational piece. I could wear this myself.

  8. melissa says:

    Would love to have this and give it to my honey. he hasn’t bought a new tie in 20 years.
    He has some unique ties but this one I am sure would be his favorite, as he is such an engeneer geek. it would be right up his alley.

    Love your DIY’s miss your show alot

    Have a wonderful turkey Day

  9. Margaret says:

    I would love to win this for my brother. I love him and fully support his geeky wardrobe (including giving him a t-shirt stating, “There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who don’t.”), but this would add some STYLE as well.

  10. Holly says:

    To be honest, I would love to wear this myself. I love to wear neckties in my hair as headbands. This one is super cute! Plus, it would be the light of my life to have something made by you! :)

  11. Kristine Schmitz says:

    These ties are really cool! My 14 yr old son said he would even wear it to school! Anytime I can get him to wear anything besides a t-shirt is a WIN in my book! (Which is why I would love to have one!)
    Thanks for sharing this great idea Michelle!

  12. Dawn G Keller says:

    Love it! Why should I have one of these ties? I would love to give it to my husband for Christmas–as far as I know, he has never owned a tie (we’ve known each other for over 17 years and I’ve never seen him wear one and I know there aren’t any in the house). How much fun would it be to give him this one for a Christmas gift!? He would be really surprised and I’ll bet he’d wear it to work!

    Keep on keepin’ on with the great ideas!

  13. Veronica Goff says:

    Michele, these are AWESOME!! These will surely turn heads when a fella comes strolling in with one on!! Way to go! Just gotta LOVE it!

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