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« on: April 19, 2004 11:25:54 PM »


I decided that thrift store ties would make great flower pins.  Here's how I made them:

Materials:
-Scissors
-Needle & thread
-Tacky glue
-Tie
-1" bar pin
-Big bead (or button or whatever you like!)

1) Wash, line dry and iron the ties if you want to get rid of that thrift store funk.  I used woolite and cold water and my ties came out fine.

2) Cut 8 to 10" off the wide end of the tie, then fold back the end of the longer segment and trim about 3/4" from the interfacing at an angle:
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie1.jpg

3) Fold the cut end of the tie down inside itself, and handstitch closed.

4) Starting about 2" from the narrow end of the tie, make a running stitch along one edge:  
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie2.jpg
When you get to the other end, keep going along the cut and sewn edge.  You should end up at the longer end of the angled cut you made (at the top in the picture in Step 2).

5) Gather as you go; the tie should curl up nicely:


6) When you're done, pull the gathers very tight.  Arrange the spirals that the tie makes so that they form three tiers of "petals."  Pull the 2" tail you left in Step 4 down through the center.  Fluff and arrange the gathers to your liking.
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie4.jpg

7) Flip the flower over and stitch the end of the tie to the little tail you pulled through to secure it.  
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie5.jpg
Then stitch or glue the tail down to the underside of the flower.
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie7.jpg

8. Glue or sew your bead to the center top of the flower.

9) Cut a square from the leftover tie fabric, and a circle about 1.5" across from cardboard.
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie8.jpg

10) Glue the cardboard circle into the center of the fabric square, and then fold the extra fabric over the edges of the circle and glue that down too.

11) Grab yourself still more glue and coat the underside of the fabric/cardboard circle.
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie9.jpg

12) Press the circle against the underside of your flower.  Then glue your pin to the circle.
http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tie10.jpg

And here's the results:

http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tiepindisplay.jpg

http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tiepinbrown.jpg

http://www.leisureagency.org/Images/tiepinblack.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2004 12:00:12 AM »

Those are fantastic!  I am all about the tie projects right now!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2004 10:17:20 AM »

that's so neat!  I suppose you can do the same with those pretty gauzy hankerchefs that you find at the thrift store?  I wonder how it would look
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2004 01:19:18 PM »

awesomeness!  I am a sucker for pretty ties, but never wear them, I have only made bracelets from them, but now i have something else to try!
Thank you !!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004 09:45:49 PM »

that is so beautiful! they look a bit like those crocheted flowers that you can find, i love those they look lov-ely
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2004 08:24:41 AM »

Very cool idea!!! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2004 02:05:23 PM »

Very cool and a great tutorial! I love the little pearl (button, whatever...)  in the middle -- it really makes the piece! I bet that would look awesome on a gift package too! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2004 02:44:07 PM »

Cool! I'll have to try this.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2004 07:39:42 PM »

That is such a fabulous idea!  Executed beautifully!  It's a great use for all of my husband's stained ties!!! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2004 04:49:38 PM »

Very classy.
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2004 05:05:34 AM »

Hey, thanks guys!  Glad you like!
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2004 06:36:20 AM »

 ;Dfinally tried the tute out today!GREAT job there...I total;ly enjoyed myself doing it Kiss
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2004 09:17:57 PM »

that would be the perfect thing to put on a shirt to wear with a tie skirt!  hmm i should really make one of those. Wink
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2004 09:24:17 PM »

very inspiring- sometimes i just can't pass up the fabric on ties and they just stayed draped over my dresser mirror- tie skirts really aren't my deal but these are really cute! thanks for the instructions!
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2004 04:27:55 PM »

Those are awesome! I'd make one but it would take me forever and look really messy as I cannot hand sew very well
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« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2004 09:07:05 AM »

Wonderful!  I will have to try this project for sure.  I made some felt flower pins a couple of weeks ago:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12305.0

I love your idea a lot too!

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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2004 11:59:32 AM »

I love it!  I think they could be unisex, like boutonierres, if you ever found to of the same tie. 

I love the sweater you pinned it to as well.  So cute!
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2004 07:53:47 AM »

they look really cute... it seems the running stich makes it gather up quite nicely. just a question: where exactly do you do the running stitch? In the picture it seems like you are doing it right along the bottom edge of the tie, but would it be possible to stitch it on the surface of the tie as well? (providing i stitched fairly close to the edge).
thank you, and great tute... very clear.
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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2004 11:01:01 AM »

I just wanted to thank you, Hilatron, for a great tutorial, and share my tribute to its glory.
Here it is, isn't it pretty?
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2004 11:08:41 AM »

that's realy cool
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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2004 09:58:04 AM »

I made one last night-- just have to make a JoAnn's run to buy a pin back, but it was soooo easy! And it looks great. Thanks for the tutorial!

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« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2004 12:57:05 PM »

Ooh, how exciting to see this is a Featured Project!  Thanks for the kind words - I'm glad you're finding the tutorial clear.  CardinalCyn, your pin is really great!  I love the choice of tie and beads.

Since I posted, I made a couple of discoveries that make the pins (I hope) better: After sewing and gathering the tie, I make a few stitches up and down through the layers of "petals," around the center of the spiral where you pull the tail through, so that the layers are attached to each other.  This makes the whole thing hold together better.  I've also started to glue the pin towards the top of the cardboard circle instead of in the middle, which makes the flowers sit a little better when you're wearing them.

just a question: where exactly do you do the running stitch? In the picture it seems like you are doing it right along the bottom edge of the tie, but would it be possible to stitch it on the surface of the tie as well?

I think it's best to stitch right into the folded edge of the tie - if you're holding it flat in front of you, you'd be stitching sideways in and out of the fold.
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« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2004 07:28:03 AM »

I've made two so far-- my first turned out nicely but the second wasnt as good, mostly because i wrapped the "petals" too tight so it's tall and bulky. I did stitch some of the layers together and that helped a lot. I would also recommend using large pinbacks because the ones i got are only about 3/4" or so long and the flower sags a little. Also, the pins I got had holes in the backs so I glued and then also stitched them down to make them more secure.
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2004 04:00:38 PM »

im trying to "gather" the curls but i dont know how..... Tongue
also, i wasnt so sure if i was supposed to run the stich all the way around the tie's edge..

By the Way...your pin is great!
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« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2004 07:46:32 AM »

Those are so great, and the tutorial is helpful. Thanks for sharing!  Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2004 01:42:33 PM »

nice!
theyd look fab on a suit jacket or even as like a bow on a shirt neck...like a tie ya know.
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2004 06:50:32 PM »

That's awesome, can be done with regular fabric if you even wanted, to match any outfit Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2004 10:07:37 AM »

these would also look wonderful as barrettes.
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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2004 10:36:15 AM »

Love it!  Thanks for the tutorial.  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2005 06:02:08 PM »

These are just too amazing and kool! I can't wait to get around to making one, just need to find a tie to use, and I should be set. Thanks for the tutorial.
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