If you know me, you know I have been obsessed with remaking neckties into something other than a decorative piece of fabric knotted under the collar and at the throat of a man. Aside from making women’s halter tops and skirts, I wanted to see how to incorporate the necktie into home decor and tried my own make-it-yourself footstool, or if you want to be more formal, you can call it a Tuffet. It’s really simple using a round tuffet kit, ties, a sewing machine and furniture legs.
Out of my thousands of neckties, I used about 60 remnant pieces used to make my oversized pillows and other garments. Cut them to 18” long removing the tip or use remnants like I did. Sew them lengthwise to about ¼” at the top (get them as close together as possible at the top) to 2” wide at the bottom.
The goal here is to create a circle with the ties and that circle fits right over the top of the foam.
The good news, the tuffet kit comes with detailed instructions and a pattern for using fabric so you can use that to help along with creating the fabric overlay (or in my case, the necktie overlay). Repurposing at it’s finest!
Once you attach the tie remnants together, cover a piece of foam on a wood board with a batting overlay and then the necktie circle. Staple that into the wood and add the legs. I found with a circle base three legs fit the best.
Then, all you need to do is kick your feet up, enjoy your creation, and relax!