Recycle dad's old ties or visit a thrift store. Wash them by hand
and try some fun projects.
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Here are several ideas when sewing with your
You can cut ties in equal scraps, such as 3 x 3 inches on
the wider end, and piece them together for a quilt or baby
You can place opposite ends of the ties next to each other,
wide tip next to skinner end to interlock ties. Lay flat
and lay your pattern piece down on the ties, just as you would
a piece of fabric. Cut and sew as per pattern instructions.
Use the skinnier end of the ties and sew together one after
another. Example below.
Make sure you hand
wash your tie projects. They might fall apart in the
Example sewing the skinny ends together and interlocking opposite
11-12 ties *
*Ties will be thick so if you'd like, use the seam ripper to open
the ties and take the lining out. This will make the project easier
to work with but this will also make a lighter weight bag. For the
example below, we left the lining in.
Cut the pointed ends off the ties. Starting at the skinny end
measure and cut 14 1/2-15 inches long. Sew ties together one after
another until it forms one rectangle.
Trim ends so they are even if needed. With right sides together sew
two sides together and bottom of bag. Turn top edge down and pin.
Add a tie for a handle by hand stitching. Or two ties one on each
If you want a pointed end on your bag, leave the pointed ends on.
When sewing the bottom edge, turn the points inside toward the right
sides and sew along edge. When you turn your bag right sides out the
pointed ends will show. If you want a longer bag, cut the ties 18
inches or as long as you would like.
Experiment with tote bag or tie designs and you can make a variety
of different styles and sizes.