Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Recently a friend gave me a box of neckties -- 70 of them, mostly silk.  She wondered if any of my quilting friends could use them.  The fabrics are really pretty.
 Another friend whose daughter makes beautiful crazy quilts was the first person I thought about.  The daughter also teaches middle-school sewing, so she is excited to receive them for her personal and school sewing projects.
 I pulled out 16 of ties for my use, as my donor friend said she would like a little something made from the ties as a remembrance.  I thought I would make her a pillow or a tote bag.  Does anyone out there have other ideas or experience sewing with ties?

Speaking of gifts, for Valentine's Day I made my granddaughter two cat-eye pouches from the free pattern offered by Thread Riding Hood.  Click here for link.  These were fun projects with their little windows to showcase appropriate-to-the-recipient fabrics.  They are the perfect size for cosmetics, markers, or a phone, etc.
My granddaughter loved them -- now her mother wants one.  They were very inexpensive as the fabrics were from my scraps, and my only added expense was $3 for the two zippers.
Be sure to check out the Thread Riding Hood blog.

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tahoe34 said...

I saw a small quilt made with neckties and she made a dresden using the ties. So nice!

Karo Brauer said...

Deine Kosmetiktaschen sind allerliebst ich habe auch schon einige genäht .
Ich freu mich schon auf deinen Krawatten quilt.
Liebe grüße aus Deutschland Karo

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

My Dad always had the nicest ties. I have a bit of an obsession with men's ties - I think they are gorgeous. I think a tote made with the ties would be a great remembrance gift. It would be so pretty and useful too. Thanks for the link to the little pouches - that peek-a-boo in the front is so fun! Thanks so much for sharing on MCM!

Bonnie said...

Somebody (her name alludes me at this time) wrote an entire book on using neckties. Perhaps you can get a copy at your library or through interlibrary loan. She gives good directions on how to dismantle the ties and how to prep them for sewing. I like the idea of a pillow. Although there are many ways to use silk. Perhaps a small wall hanging such as an attic window with the tie being in the window.