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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Necktie Pillow

By: MaryJane Butters

Use old neck ties or thrift store finds to sew up this colorful pillow for home decorating. You will need 20 clean neckties for this fun pillow sewing craft designed by MaryJane Butters.

Necktie Pillow

Find this project and more necktie crafts in 8 Necktie Crafts and Ways to Repurpose Neckties

8 Necktie Crafts and Ways to Repurpose Neckties



  • 20 clean neckties
  • ½ yard fabric for blocks and back
  • ½ yard muslin fabric for facing
  • ¼ yard fabric for prairie points
  • 1 12" x 16" pillow form


  1. Seam rip or cut the ties apart along seams.
  2. Place ties inside a pillow case (baste stitch top closed) or mesh bag for washing.
  3. Wash in cold water, gently cycle.
  4. Air dry.
  5. Press ties flat.

Ties: Cut (20) 4" blocks
Blocks: Cut (20) 4" blocks
Back: Cut (2) 18" x 14 ½"
Prairie Points: Cut (36) 2 ¼" x 2 ¼"
Facing: Cut (2) 18" x 14 ½" and (1) 14 ½" x 18"

*Seam allowance: ¼" unless otherwise noted.
*RST = Right Sides Together
*WST = Wrong Sides Together


  1. Fold tie pieces, WST, in half diagonally and press to make a triangle.
  2. Position tie triangles on top of right side of blocks along 2 edges. Stitch ties to blocks (1/8" seam allowance) along the 2 edges using a stitch length of approximately 9 stitches per inch. Stitch ties to blocks from corners to points.
  3. Stitch blocks together using a ¼" seam allowance (5 rows of 4 blocks).
  4. Press seam allowances to one side, alternating the direction of the seam allowances row by row (rows 1, 3, and 5, press seam allowance to the left; rows 2 and 4, press seam allowance to the right).
  5. Stitch rows together using a ¼" seam allowance.
  6. Press all new seam allowances to one side, all in the same direction.
  7. WST, pin pillow top to facing, aligning raw edges of pillow top and facing. Stitch in the ditch through both layers along 4 row seams (these are the last seams you stitched).
  8. Using a 1/8" seam allowance, baste stitch along the 4 sides.


  1. RST, using a ½" seam allowance, stitch facings to back fabric along 1 long edge. WST, press seam and topstitch folded edge.


  1. Fold fabric, WST, in half diagonally 2 times and press to make a triangle (there will be only 1 raw edge).
  2. RST, position and pin prairie points along the edges (raw edges to raw edges) of pillow top (10 per long sides and 8 per short sides).
  3. Using a ¼" seam allowance, baste stitch prairie points to pillow top.

Prairie Points


  1. RST, position and pin back pieces to block top, aligning the raw edges (the finished edges of the back will overlap). Stitch block top to back using a ¼" seam allowance.
  2. Finish the raw edges to prevent fraying.
  3. Turn tie pillow right side out and insert pillow form.


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A friend of mines husband died recently and she is torn about throwing away his belongings. I am thinking if she has enough of his ties perhaps I can make her this using them. That way she can still have something of his in the house yet it will be useful and decorative!

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Hi everyone! I hope you all don't think I am too stupid after I tell you these things!br br I have read through this Necktie pillow pattern, and I don't get it! I need more pictures! Also, what is a prairie point?br br Help me please! This is so cool and my husband has so many ties that he has worn through the years, I would love to do this for us. I may even have the tie he wore when we got married at the court house twenty-three years ago!br br Thank you for any help you can give me on this! (Paula Diana)

Hello Everyone, This is very nice!! But I have a hint, lots of times in crafting you need to wash fabric 1st. In this one why not just pin the bag shut with safety pins? I do this for all my projects. I also pin my yardage, fold the fabric raw edge to raw edge, pin that edge and wash. This also helps cut down on the fabric from becoming so tangled up, so less wrinkled.


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