If *YOU* enjoy this Instructable, please take a moment to VOTE for it ! Men's Tie's can be purchased very inexpensively at the Thrift Stores, Yard Sales, Estate Sales, Auctions - OR - You probably already have a few laying around if you have MEN in your family !! :D Men's Ties are almost always made of Silk - SILK is expensive !! Store Bought Bias Tape is BORING. Solid Colors, cotton only. Jazz up your clothes using this unique Bias Tape! NO COST, NO SEW PROJECT, RE-PURPOSED - AND - PURPLE !!!!
Step 1: Materials List
For this Project you will need ONE Men's Tie, Scissors or Rotary Cutter, Seam Ripper, Iron
Step 2: Open Tie, Press
Ready to Start?? Turn Tie over to back side. Using Seam Ripper, remove closure threads up entire length as well as label. Remove padding or insert used to give tie its shape. PRESS OPEN with Iron set on SILK. Steam is o.k.
Step 3: Cut Bias
Since Men's Ties are made from BIAS fabric, they are PERFECT for making Bias Tape !! Folding the tie in half lengthwise, using Rotary Cutter, cut straight up sides to create one long piece of evenly cut fabric. Cut off ends of fabric where pointed. I can usually get a piece of fabric 54" long. Enough to do a neckline and sleeve edges.
Step 4: Pressing Into Bias Tape
Lengthwise, fold Bias Fabric on long edge. Pressing as you go. Once you've pressed in half, open to expose center press seam. From inside, fold one side into center seam, pressing as you go. Do one side and then the other. Now you have a piece of Bias Tape that has been double folded, Ready to use as Bias Tape. This can go around necklines, sleeve edges, blanket bindings, to bind really *anything* that needs a flash of color!! Even a basic white T-Shirt can be dressed up with this type of Bias Tape Edging. In the last photo you will see all the ones I've already pre-made. I keep a nice stock on hand for anytime I need Bias Tape. NO COST, RE-PURPOSE. Bias Tapes here in North America can cost upwards of $3.00 on for a 3 yard pack. SAVE money! RE-CYCLE your favorite Men's Tie !! Keep on Crafting and until another Instructable - Love, Kanatka