Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How to make a skirt out of ties.

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Hey! This was a guest post in December for Sweet Verbena.

Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to make a tie skirt, or skirt out of ties. This one is special to me because I made it out of ties that my husband used to wear when he lived in Hungary for two years. So, the colors don't coordinate perfectly, but for sentimental reasons, I'm okay with that! If you don't have a lot ties laying around, you could certainly thrift some- but I would caution you to get them cleaned really well before using them. Most men don't regularly wash their ties, and you just never know where they have been. If you don't want to spend the $$ to have them professionally cleaned, try asking your dad/grandpa/husband/brother/etc if they have any ties that you could have. I used 14 men's ties in my skirt, and I'm about a size 3 or 5, so you can estimate the number of ties you'd need to make this.

Ok, let's get started!


*12-20ish ties 
(depending on your size. I used 14 ties, and I'm a size 3 or 5)
*Hook and eye 
*Possible materials for waitsband
*Thread, needle, sewing maching, etc

1. Start by holding a tie up to your body to decide how long you want your skirt to be. (I did knee length, but I think to the ankles could be fun too)! Then decide the pattern you'd like your ties to be in. I pinned sticky notes to each tie to remember the order I wanted them in.

2. The fun part-- cut all the ties at your desired length! Measure each tie starting at the outer angle, where the ties will meet up, and NOT from the tip/point of the tie.
This is what I mean:

3. Here's where you have to decide if you're going to make this the easy way or the hard way. I chose the hard way, but I'll give you tips for both. Basically....
The Hard Way: you'll unpick the factory stitching on the back of every single tie, then machine sew them each together, then hand sew them back up.
The Easy Way: you'll put ties right sides together and sew.

The Hard Way How-To:
Unpick the stitching from the back of each tie.

Unfold every tie, and line up, right sides together, with another tie.
Sew directly where the fold used to be in the tie. 
Do this step for all the ties, but don't sew your skirt into a circle yet.
Now you have to hand sew each tie back together! This took me quite a while!
The Easy Way:
Place the ties right sides together, and sew a straight line, with a small seam allowance (about 1/4).
This will change the appearance of each tie,making them look thinner, but it will save you a lot of work!

4. It's time to connect your row of ties into a skirt.
But first, measure the skirt around your body. 
Do you need to add or remove any ties to make it fit properly?
If not, you're ready to connect the first and last tie, sewing right sides together, a straight line.
*Important: Leave about 2 inches at the top of the skirt open for a zipper or eye and hook.
Then, hand sew the last 2 ties back together.

5. Once you have the skirt together, you have to decide how to make a waist band.
You could edge finish the top of the ties before doing anything else.
For my waist band, I hand sewed it all. I used the skinny remnant of one of the ties, and basically binded it, like you would on a quilt.
I'm sure there are several other ways you could create a waistband, but this seemed the easiest way for me.
A picture of the 2 inch opening.

6. Once the wait band is all set, you're ready to make it shut. You could do a zipper, but I chose the easy way this time, and hand sewed 2 hooks and eyes.

And there you have it!

Remember to stop by Family Ever After for further details on "Sew-vivor," coming soon!
Katy, you are so sweet for having me today, thank you!
okbye everyone!
xoxo, Rach H {familyeverafter at gmail}

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  1. This is so cute!! I love it! Great job!

  2. Wow!! I love it!!! I need to go to the Trift store and find me some ties now!!! thanks for sharing!!!



  3. The Tie Skirt is super cute! Maybe my Dad doesn't need a few of his ties.....hmmmm....


  4. man, this turned out awesome! I'm kicking myself because I yardsaled a huge bag of ties that my dad had given me this summer. . . argh! Cute Cute Cute! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love your blog, and your ideas! Super cute! I saw your blog on Tip Junkie! I am having a linky party too, and would love if you would join! Here is this link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/27/the-linky-party-1227-1231/ Thanks for sharing! Happy New Years!

  6. Oh I made one of these in high school and I loved it. Yours looks way nicer and I think your sewing is just amazing. Wish i had your talent!

  7. We need to go to more weddings, so I'd have more ties!!! Good job!

  8. Super cute skirt. Thanks for sharing. If you haven't shared it at Bacon Time yet, I would love for you to.

  9. This is so cool and I know I will make it at some point in my crafty life... I would love to you have you link up to the Success U - Wednesday Linkup Party at www.thestuffofsuccess.com - also I am your newest follower.

  10. that is so fun I'd love you to add this (and any other posts you like) to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  11. I LOVE this!!! Between my hubby, daddy, and bros, I'm sure I could come up with plenty of ties. Am I correct in assuming you have to dry clean it?

    Thank you so much for the great idea!


  12. wow, that is possibly the best skirt i have ever seen! amazing!! :D wish i could sew , lol!

  13. Wonderful! I'm going to start collecting ties.
    If you make a skirt from ties whose origins you don't know, have it dry cleaned after, then you just pay for a skirt instead of 15 ties.

  14. what a cute skirt, hubby has a lot of ties he doesn't wear anymore so I may be raiding his closet soon.

  15. love the skirt! we would love for you to link up with us on sunday "sunday best dressed". we need some help with ideas on things to wear to church, so any skirts or dresses you would like to share with us would be great! hope to see you sunday!


  16. Mental note: next thrifting adventure buy ties.

  17. I was getting caught up on Pretty Little Liars tonight and guess what I saw! A tie skirt!!! What? Of course, I thought of you! You are a trendsetter. :) http://wornontv.net/17093/

  18. Oh I made one of these in high school and I loved it. Yours looks way nicer and I think your sewing is just amazing. Wish i had your talent!

  19. I've been making tie purses and thought a tie skirt would be fun to make for my daughter. Thank you so much for your easy-to-follow instructions! I can't wait until I get enough ties to make this!

  20. I'm curious as to why you unpicked the stitches and restitched by hand? Just wondering.
    I really like the result btw! I'm about to sew mine...and for those who don't want to pay drycleaning cost...just put the ties in a delicates bag cold wash delicate cycle in your washing machine with some mild detergent (I used Eucalan.) It took me 3 cycles to get the musty thrift shop stench out but was well worth it. I don't know what all materials my ties are made of but assume they're delicate/fragile and don't apply the hottest temp of your iron/handle with care and you'll be safe. I did have one tie bleed dye on me a little bit but since most of my ties are dark colors it didn't matter. ;)


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♥Rach H