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A week before Oliver was born (2+ years ago), my grandfather passed away after a long, happy and very loved life. (And speaking of grandfathers, if you haven’t read this obit making the rounds, you haven’t lived… hilarity.) As my grandmother slowly went through my grandfather’s belongings, I was lucky enough to grab a few items that felt particularly personal to him. Specifically, a few of his wonderfully worn and vintage neckties.
Well, I’m all for a quirky ensemble, but men’s neckties haven’t worked their way in. Yet. But I wanted a way to use these so they weren’t just sitting in a box at the top of my closet.
For anyone who read my post yesterday, this kind of counts as Creating Not Copying. I had the idea, and I just looked to Pinterest for some execution/ fine tuning. The craft store had these bracelet forms that I used to bend into a cuff shape.
The skinny end of the necktie fit the cuff perfectly so I didn’t need to do any tricky sewing. I slid the cuff into the tie, and cut the tie to fit.
I sewed each end to keep the cuff snug as a bug.
Following (ok, maybe copying) the images I saw on Pinterest, I used a snap to close the bracelet.
The pattern of this tie didn’t lend itself to much more embellishment, but I plan to keep my eye out for other less-sentimental neckties that maybe could stand for some bedazzling, etc. in the future. For this one, I just settled with one of the old buttons I snagged last season at the flea market.
I’m no hand model, but I’m loving the bracelet. And it’s a nice little homage to my rock star grandpa. (Sidenote: he was fascinated by the internet and all the information it afforded him… I can only imagine what he would have made of this little blog!)
P.S. Tune in tomorrow for the reveal of my cliffhanger from yesterday!
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