How to Make a Necktie Quilt

Want a new quilting challenge? Check out how to make a necktie quilt for a real change.

How to Make a Necktie Quilt

Necktie quilts make terrific memory pieces and are just down right pretty on their own. Even better, you have several options when deciding what type of necktie quilt that you would like to make.

Before you start, sort through your ties to make sure that they don't have any holes and are clean. Then, sort the ties out by weight, and if you can, by fabric. Remember that not all ties are made equally. Some ties are made from silk. However, you probably also have ties made from less expensive fabrics.

What kind of tie quilt would you like to make? You can cut your ties into pieces and make a traditional type of quilt. If you decide to go this way, you have two options. You can leave the ties as is before you cut them or you can pull out the seams, remove the labels and spread the ties into larger pieces of fabric before grabbing your scissors. If you are dealing with silk ties, you might want to consider ironing a lightweight fusible onto the back of the ties before you cut them as ties made from silk are particularly prone to stretching because they are cut on the bias. Decide on your pattern and get going!

If you want to use your ties in whole rather than chopping them, you still have to settle on how you would like to arrange the ties. You might decide to create a pattern with your ties, such as a starburst, in the center of your quilt and then use a different type of fabric around them so that the focus is on the ties. You might decide to go "tie crazy" and design a "tie-full" type of quilt. Remember to put special remembrance ties in prominent places to that these ties can be seen easily.

If you are short on ties and need some right away, ask for donations from your friends and family. There might even be a few out-of-date specials that you have overlooked in the dankest, dark corners of your closet. More ties may also only be a garage sale away from you.

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