This is a table runner I made for a Thanksgiving project at school.
The project was to show what we were thankful for - - it could be any type of craft. I chose to sew a table runner (or wall hanging) using old neck ties.
The ties belonged the late father of a friend of mine. I was helping my friend arrange to donate his father's clothing and it seems that in every drawer or closet in the house were his neck ties. I put them aside thinking that I'd put them all together in one bag to donate. Well - I got one HUGE garbage bag of ties. I swear this man never threw anything away! And, apparently, neither can I. I asked my friend what to do with the ties and he said to donate them; but I couldn't bring myself to do it. So I took them home and they sat in a closet for 6 years. Last year I took them all out, tore them apart and washed & ironed them thinking that I'd make a quilt and pillow shams for my friend.
During the washing and ironing process I thought that maybe a quilt was too big of a project - - seeing as I don't sew. So I decided to start small - with mug rugs or something. My sister suggested a table runner since something small like a mug rug might get too frustrating. I picked out some ties I remembered him wearing and she helped me with the project. Sewing with polyester is harder than you think!
I joined the ties, stitched in the ditch to attach to the batting. the backing, border and fringe were hand sewn.
table runner 1
table runner 2
sorry for the crappy lighting!