How to Make Flowers From Recycled Ties

by Ainsley Patterson, Demand Media

    Employ your creative talents to transform masculine ties into fabric flowers you can use as feminine fashion accessories. After making the flower , glue it to a pin back to wear as a brooch on your coat's lapel. If you're not big on brooches, glue the flower to a headband you can throw in your hair in seconds to keep it out of your face. You also can attach the necktie flower to a backpack or canvas purse with fabric glue to give the bag some personality.

    Step 1

    Cut the last 2 inches from the narrow end of the six ties. These points will serve as the petals for your flower.

    Step 2

    Sew a straight running stitch--a simple back and forth stitch with a 1/4-inch stitch length--across the cut end of each 2-inch section with needle and thread. Incorporate an 1/8-inch seam allowance. Don't tie off the thread on each tie section, but rather sew across all six sections of tie with one length of thread.

    Step 3

    Push the fabric of each tie section to the knotted end of the thread. Knot the two ends of the thread together to create a circular flower shape with the six sections and to hold the gathers.

    Step 4

    Cut a 2-inch circle of felt. Don't worry about cutting a perfect circle; the flower will hide it. Attach the circle to the back side of the flower over the center with hot glue.

    Step 5

    Attach a 1-inch button over the center of the flower's front with a dot of hot glue.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Look at thrift stores and garage sales for inexpensive ties to use in the construction of this fabric flower if your husband or father doesn't have any old ties he is willing to donate to the project.

    About the Author

    Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.

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