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« on: November 30, 2013 07:41:58 AM »

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!



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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2013 07:56:47 AM »

I think that what you made is beautiful and unique, as it's made out of a material that is not typically used.

If you want more ideas on what to do with the ties, google it on the internet.  I've seen pocketbooks made out of ties and skirts!  I'm sure that there are even more things out there made out of ties too.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013 03:18:54 PM »

I think these are beautiful too.  I clicked on the pictures to get the larger ones, and they look so much prettier that way.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013 02:20:45 PM »

Nicely done! You've got a real treasure trove there. Even at the thrift stores here, ties go for $5 a piece.
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