Double D’s mom made these ties for him when he was in high school. They dressed up for game days, assemblies, and other events so he wore a tie on those days. Now, when he does wear a tie, it is always with suits, so these were in storage waiting for me to come up with an idea to use them.
I saw some ideas for tie quilts on Pinterest, but those involved taking them apart, adding interfacing, etc. I finally saw one idea that was similar to this, but it was just the picture with no instructions. I decided to go with that design, but let me tell you, this quilt was pretty much me winging it, and hoping it would come out okay:) Fortunately, Double D’s were made out of cotton fabric, so washing them wouldn’t be a problem.
To start, I counted up how many he had, and then put them into color groups. There were 20, and the predominate colors were blue and black. I decided to use those two colors for the base, and added a random purple one to make ten lengthwise. I laid those out, alternating fat end and skinny end.
Once I found an arrangement that I thought looked okay, I started weaving the pieces with each other. In this picture there’s a grey tie that I ended up not using. It wasn’t one that his mom had made, and I couldn’t find fabric information to make sure it was safe to wash it.
Finally, this was the end result of the arranging. Since the cut ends had to be finished somehow, I decided to move them farther away from the tie points, so that I could just sew right over them when it was time for binding. I went ahead and pinned everything, just to make sure they didn’t come apart when I moved them.
From here, I laid a single sheet of fabric over the backs of the ties, and sprayed some fabric adhesive on it. This made the ties stick to the fabric, although I did re-pin everything together when I turned the ties back over.
Now it was time to sew each tie to the fabric. I did so by running a straight stitch down the middle of each tie, starting with the thin ends first, so alternating every other one. Then I did the same with the thicker ends, finishing with the ten long ties. I like that you can see the backing through the holes in between the ties too.
Next was pinning the long sides for binding. I mentioned earlier that I needed to have the cut pieces under the binding, but that I still wanted the tie points to be visible. I was really glad I moved the cut pieces down to go under the binding. Winging it, people!:) I’ve included a close up of the finished binding. I just used the extra on the backing to fold it and pin it. The short sides were next. These were a bit of a challenge too, because they were all different lengths. I finally decided to just sew the longer ones on top of the binding. I still wanted it to look like ties.
And here is the finished lap quilt. I didn’t measure it, so I’m not sure how big it turned out. Definitely more long than short though. Also, I’m really glad I decided to only use one piece of fabric for the backing, as this is pretty heavy. It’s going to keep me warm this winter! Now Double D can see part of his childhood, and they won’t be in storage.
Thanks for looking!
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