Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How To Make Collar Stays from Gift Cards

The collar stay is perhaps one of the most overlooked accessories for men. Collar stays often come with dress shirts and their purpose is to keep the collar straight and crisp. Underneath the collar of a dress shirt is a small pocket perfectly shaped for a collar stay. Collar stays are often made of plastic or metal (brass, silver, gold plated). I've even purchased ones with magnets to prevent disco collar for my husband. Needless to say, they're an important accessory. It's always good to have a few extra on hand so I created this simple tutorial. You should be able to make four collar stays in no more than ten minutes.

One gift card
Heavy duty scissors
Fine point permanent marker
One collar stay

Trace one collar stay onto a gift card. You should be able to get four collar stays from one standard size gift card. Carefully cut out the collar stays. Done.

*Make sure you can not see the collar stay through the shirt. For example, you would not want to wear the collar stays (pictured above) with a white shirt.

*Remember to always remove your collar stays before washing dress shirts.


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Vone said...

My husband had a whole bunch of collar stays that got put in the wash and they came out all curled. He finally collected them all and with a cloth over them - ironed them. So now they are all flat again. If he runs out I will remember this post and make some more.

woolanthropy said...

You are a genius!

Tiziana said...

ho perso circa tre differenti bacchette per colli ma adesso non mi fregano più ...ne farò un bel po... hahahah!!!!!
grazie a te
ti ho linkato sul mio blog!!!
sei fantastica!!

Shanna said...

Okay, this is a frugal idea I haven't seen anywhere else - so very useful!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us :)

Ayie said...

that's avery good replacement for those expensive buying of thsoe colar stays, very economical to just make one

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