I have lots of photos today because I am showing off two dazzling and elegant Recycled Tie Wreaths made by Kathleen George. Kathleen’s first wreath is in rich shades of reds, perfect for Christmas. She shares a second Recycled Tie Wreath in more subdued, year-round hues of blue. Kathleen scouted second-hand stores for her stash of silk ties, which is a beautiful way to build a collection of precious silk fabric. If you’re looking for a special, handmade gift idea, a Recycled Tie Wreath is the answer!
To make a Recycled Tie Wreath with Fabric Roses, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath (Kathleen used a wreath with a curved front and flat back)
- Neckties, 6 – 8 in coordinating colors and patterns
- Fusible, double-sided interfacing
- Ribbon, ½” x 4”
- Thread, coordinating color
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; iron and ironing board; ruler; craft pins; sewing needle; optional: rotary cutter and mat
To make a Recycled Tie Wreath with Fabric Roses:
1. Prep the ties to maximize the useable fabric: Clip the threads that hold the ties together in the back and spread out the fabric. Cut away the tie liners. Iron the ties to remove the creases.
2. Cut the ties into 1” strips.
3. Pin and glue the end of a fabric strip to the back of the wreath, and wrap it around the wreath, pinning and gluing the other end to the back. Continue wrapping the wreath, alternating contrasting patterns and colors as you go. Wrap and overlap your strips at random, creating interesting patterns and contrast.
4. Knot together the ends of a 4” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath for a hanger.
5. Make the fabric roses:
- For each rose, cut a strip of tie fabric that’s 1-1/2” – 2-1/4” wide and 8” long.
- Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, right side of the fabric facing out.
- Hand-stitch the cut edges together, gathering slightly as you sew.
- Fold the top corner of one end of the strip down to create the center of the rose.
- Roll the gathered strip of fabric around the folded corner and sew the base of the flower together as you continue rolling the fabric into a rose shape.
- Fold the outside end corner over and stitch it down to the base of the rose.
6. Make the leaves:
- Sandwich a square of fusible interfacing between two, 1-1/2” squares of silk tie fabric; be sure the right sides of fabric are facing out. Following the instructions on the interfacing, fuse the fabrics together.
- Cut a leaf from the fused fabric.
- Stitch a running stitch across the stem end to gather and shape the leaf.
- Repeat for additional leaves.
7. Arrange the roses and leaves on your wreath, and glue and pin them to the wreath.
8. Optional: Fuse together two 1” strips to create ribbon tails. Pin and glue to the wreath.
Aren’t they beautiful? Do you have a favorite?
If you have any ties leftover, you can make a few Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments, too.
Merry Christmas Crafting.