Over the years, I’ve gotten comments from readers asking me to do a post about how to make an obi-style tie belt. And I have FINALLLLLLLY created a post, with illustrative photos, about how to go about it.
I’ve frequently remixed obi-style belts made from neckties, as seen in the outfit collage below:
Tie belts in my closet
First, below are the two tie belts previously in my wardrobe. The top one in the photo below, the red, white, and blue one, is a tie belt that I bought at a Chicago art fair, from Tongue Tied Designs. The bottom tie belt, the purple and brown one, is one that I made a few years ago from two wide ties that I already had in my closet. (When my dad retired, I raided his closet and a few of his widest ties found new homes in my own wardrobe. They’ve come in handy over the years, especially for these tie belts!)
Tie belt stitching
I examined the tie belt that I had originally bought and realized that it was hand-sewed together using a simple whip-stitch with matching thread around the edges of the two ties, as you can see in the close-up below. I figured it would be pretty straight-forward process for me to replicate. And it was! If you know how to do a basic stitch with needle and thread, then you can make obi-style tie belts.
Choosing a new tie belt color combo
Here are the remaining neckties I had in my collection: a darker navy patterned tie, a solid navy tie with a textured pattern, and a lighter blue patterned tie.
I tried different combinations with the three ties, as seen below, and settled on the lighter blue patterned tie paired with the darker, textured tie. The two patterned ties together looked a little too similar in their designs, because of the stripes. And the darker patterned tie with the navy textured tie looked odd, because of the competing shades of navy. But the lighter patterned tie played well with the textured navy tie.
So once I decided on which ties to pair together, I gathered supplies. The only supplies I needed were a needle, colored thread, scissors, pins, and the two ties.
I lined up my dark blue thread options to see which one best matched. I decided the first thread on the left below was the best fit, color-wise, with the lighter tie. I then pinned together the two ties, overlapping the two triangle ends of the ties in alternating directions.
Stitching the two ties together
I was able to make small stitches all the way around the two ties, and I started in the middle point on the back side and just made my way around all the edges. Click on the photos below to enlarge them and see the stitching details up close.
In process of stitching:
After stitching, from the underside:
New obi-style tie belt
And here’s the finished product from the outside:
And that’s it! And this tie now joins my other obi-style tie belts, so I now have three options. I really do love the look of these tie belts, and they’re so easy to style AND to make. I always get compliments on these belts whenever I wear them, and others are always so surprised to find out that they’re made from neckties!
I really should scout out more vintage ties when I’m out thrifting. The widest ties are the best to work with, and they provide more coverage to cinch in the waist.
Thank you, dear readers, for continuing to ask for a how-to post for obi-style tie belts. I hope this post has helped! Would you ever consider making an obi-style tie belt now? Please leave a comment and share!
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