How to Use Neckties As Curtain Tiebacks

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Old Silk Neckties Used as Curtain Tiebacks

Old Silk Neckties as Drapery Tiebacks

Old silk neckties are a thrift-store staple. Give retro ties new life by using them to tie back draperies as designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here.

Materials Needed:

  • necktie
  • Velcro
  • measuring tape or tailor's tape
  • marker

Choose a Proper Tie

It's important to take into consideration the fabric of the drapery panels which will be held back by the necktie. Drapery panels made of solid fabric work well when held back by neckties with patterns and vice versa. For a more layered look, patterned draperies can be held back by patterned neckties as long as a mix of scale and shape is used. A great rule of thumb to achieve proper balance is to mix large-scale patterns with small-scale patterns, both featuring completely different shapes. Tip: Stripes work well with overscale geometrics, florals and botanicals.

Measure Thickness of Drapery

Use measuring tape to determine the thickness of each drapery panel once properly gathered.


Create a Windsor Knot

Form the tie into the shape of a Windsor knot wide enough in diameter to engulf the drapery panel.


Insert Drapery

Gather drapery tightly, making it small enough in diameter to fit through the neck area of the Windsor knot, then slide drapery through opening.


Unfurl Velcro

Unfurl the soft and coarse spools of Velcro.


Cut Velcro

Use scissors to cut Velcro into strips approximately 3 inches in length.


Add Coarse Velcro to Wall

Use measuring tape and marker to mark wall at approximately 4 feet up from the floor. Next, remove coarse strip of Velcro from its adhesive backing and adhere directly to wall along mark.


Add Soft Velcro to Back of Tie

Remove soft strip of Velcro from its adhesive backing and adhere directly to back of tie.


Secure Tie to Wall

Secure drapery panel in place by pressing soft and coarse strips of Velcro together.

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