Sewing projects with silk ties

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Sewing projects with silk ties
Reuse old neck ties for sewing projects. (belchonock/iStock/Getty Images)

Silk ties are available in a wide range of beautiful designs and colours. The fabric has a luxurious look and feel and deserves a second life. Find silk ties at charity ships, boot sales and auctions and repurpose them into diverse new uses for yourself, your home and as gifts. Use your sewing skills to turn them into fashionable items.

Crazy quilts

Quilts are a favourite way to put silk ties to use. The Dresden plate and Sunburst quilt patterns use the pointed tip of each tie to create the design. Make a "crazy quilt" patchwork quilt by cutting shapes out of ties and piecing them together randomly. Make pillows and wall hangings from smaller quilt pieces or adapt your design to create full-sized quilts for coverlets, beds or throws. Create table runners and place mats by adding silk tie quilt pieces to other coordinated background fabrics.

Interior design

Use silk ties to make elegant home decor items. Make circular rugs with a large assortment of silk ties stitched side by side for a beautiful rainbow of colour. Cover lampshades with ties, leaving the pointed ends hanging over the edge. Turn silk ties into functional and decorative woven baskets by wrapping, coiling and stitching the form to shape. Create a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree skirt that you will not want to hide under gifts. Add silk tie decor to your front door with a foam wreath wrapped in ties. Stitch them so the ends point out for a starburst effect.

Cool clothing

Add glamour and show your fashion sense with clothing made from silk ties. Skirts -- whether short, knee-length or to the floor -- have a beautiful, flowing shape when made with silk ties. Formal dresses that flow into a diagonal shape across the body are elegant. Fitted bodices and vests need little additional embellishment to their style. Weave ties to create a unique fabric for garments. Embellish clothing with silk tie patches, yo-yos and trim on colours, pockets and cuffs.

Fashion accessories

There are endless fashion accessories to make from silk ties. Elegant capelets and stoles will dress up the simplest dress. Create bags of every type and size, from clutch purses to shopping bags and every size in between, made from sections of ties, patchwork pieces, scraps and strips of silk tie fabric. Make eyeglass, mp3 player cases and mobile phone cases as gifts. Weave and twist ties together to form belts and scarves. Sew hats formed by coiling, wrapping and stitching ties together into a number of shapes from pillboxes to top hats. Create yo-yos with the ties and form into shawl wraps or add as embellishments to purses, belts and hats.

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