Necktie Notions Case

Many years ago, at a holiday craft fair in Portland, I bought an eyeglasses case made from a vintage tie. I’ve been using it ever since to hold my 5″ scissors, having stuffed some batting at the bottom of the case to protect it from the tips of the scissors.

Fast forward to September. I was at the Northwest Quilting Expo (“Portland’s original quilting and sewing festival”) browsing the vendor mall when I spotted some beautiful and unique seam ripper/stiletto tools made by Rick Luoma of Auburn, Washington. (Rick and his wife Julie own, selling products online and at quilt shows.)

Rick makes the handles out of acrylic or wood, and each is one of a kind. I bought one with a purple handle for my friend Vickie S., whose birthday was coming in November. I decided to make a special case for it from a necktie, using my modified scissors case as my guide. Of course the necktie had to be purple, too, because it’s Vickie’s favorite color:

necktie notions case
A quick sweep of my button collection yielded the perfect little button for the outside flap. It has a little rhinestone in the center — just the right amount of bling. The case actually closes with a snap, sewn on the inside:

necktie notions case 2
The tool itself is quite wonderful: it has nice heft and is very comfortable to hold. The seam ripper at one end and stiletto at the other have stainless steel handles that tuck into the ends of the holder:

necktie notions case 3

necktie notions case 4

As for the necktie notions case, it couldn’t have been easier to make — it’s all sewn by hand. Would you like to know how to make one? In my next post, I’ll show you!




This entry was posted in update. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Necktie Notions Case

  1. Rebecca says:

    Yes, I look forward to seeing the instructions. Of course I just threw out a bunch of my father’s ties, I know, I know. But I thought “they were so ugly how in the world did Daddy wear these!” But would have been perfect for scissors case. Thanks.

  2. Kathy says:

    I love this idea. I made necktie purses for all of my girls for Christmas using neckties that had belonged to their fathers or grandfathers. I can’t wait to give them to them. I’m now collecting neckties from thrift stores for ties to make my daughter a skirt. This is another great necktie idea.

  3. Lisa D'Andrea says:

    So cha cha! What an ensemble! I don’t even quilt but I want a cool tool like that and the case to match! I could be a connoisseur of cool things even if I don’t know how to use them!

Comments are closed.