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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Upcycled Tie Skirt!

 
 Happy Father's Day!
Here's a tutorial on my favorite 'father inspired' skirt!
After all, dads get tons of ties for Father's day...and when they are
old or snagged, they end up in the trash...here's a better solution!

Start with a pile of ties!
(ties can get pricey--even second hand, so find donations!)

I knew how long I wanted my finished skirt to be, 
so I cut my ties all 2 inches longer than the desired length...just past my knees.

I didn't cut the layers or anything...just sew them together!

I used 32 ties to get around my waist...it just depends on the width of the tie...
as they vary quite a bit I found!
 This makes a thick skirt!  But I love it!
Okay,
I trimmed off the top edge of ties so they were all even...
Then put in an invisible zipper to connect the last 2 ties together.

Then I sewed on one edge of the Double Fold Bias Tape with a zig zag stitch on the inside
 to hold it all in place, unfrayed and secure.
Then flipped the bias tape around the other side and stitched it with a straight stitch.
 Looks marvelous--enough!
 Easy, & no one sees the waist band!
 I added 2 ties on the side for a decorative tie off!

 For my daughters, I used 3 inch elastic & sewed it right to the ties!
Easier!

Ta da!
 And I whipped up a headband with some leftover pieces too!
 

 I've never received so many compliments on a 
single piece of clothing as this tie skirt gets!
Most popular line from the men whenever I wear it: "hey, can I borrow a tie?"



14 comments:

Christa said...

oww Nat thats just so awesome , great idea, love it hugs christa

Susan said...

Love them Nat! You are so clever!
Susan xxox

southernscraps said...

Those are precious.

Jill said...

GREAT skirt! I love it!

I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

I also just did a whole month of clothes upcycling projects - which kicked of a long term linky for people to share their clothes upcycling projects and tutorials! I would love if you linked up there too!

Have a lovely week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Jill said...

GREAT skirt! I love it!

I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

I also just did a whole month of clothes upcycling projects - which kicked of a long term linky for people to share their clothes upcycling projects and tutorials! I would love if you linked up there too!

Have a lovely week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Jill said...

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!and to the clothes upcycling linky!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

The Idea Girl said...

That is so cute, what a fun idea.
Jessica
http://thatgivesmeanidea.com

Judy said...

There were two girls at church when I was growing that always wore tie skirts and I though they were so cool! Yours turned out super cute and they don't even look that hard to make :)

Kristene Armstrong said...

These are Very Cute! You are so creative I love it!

Rae said...

what a neat idea... I want one, will have to start collecting ties now!

BluBabesCreate said...

Oh cute! I'll keep this one in mind!

Ian and Carolyn said...

A fun way to use up some of those surplus ties.

Rachel Sue said...

This is such a cute idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

Rachel D. said...

Hello, I found you through Pinterest. Nice skirts! I've made a tie skirt also. I got the idea from a Robin Jones Gunn book. I opened up each tie & removed the stiff inner lining. It's very light & flowy, but a slip is needed. Yeah, I also received many complements/comments. People just started giving me their old ties and some even found loads of ties from Goodwill. I have well over a hundred now. I'm getting ready to make a new skirt for myself and one for a friend. I love ties! They always catch my eye in the stores. -Rachel

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