Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style belt using two neck ties

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to make an obi-style belt with two neckties graphic

I’ve frequently remixed obi-style belts made from neckties, as seen in the outfit collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Obi-style tie belts outfit collage

Links to original posts:
top left  //  top middle  //  top right
bottom left  //  bottom middle  //  bottom right

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!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Supplies

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

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:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

After stitching, from the underside:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

New obi-style tie belt

And here’s the finished product from the outside:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

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!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

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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4 thoughts on “Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style belt using two neck ties

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hmmm… I think it has to do with the width of the obi belts. With the wide ’70s ties that these obi-style belts are made of, it’s not such a big deal about how they twist in the back. And if they are contrasting colors, then the twists of the other side are a highlight, not a detraction, if that makes sense. 🙂

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