Monday, November 30, 2009

Once a Tie - Now a Kanzashi Pin!

A Friend gave me some wonderful vintage goodies to be creative with.  Amongst the stash was her husband's wedding tie.  So I decided to give it back to her - just in a different form!

I unpicked the stitching down the back of the tie and opened it out.  I pressed it flat and cut 6 squares from the fabric [My squares were 7,5cm or 3in square. If you are making one yourself you will have to make sure that you can fit 6 squares out of the tie, so you may have to make the squares a little smaller if the tie is narrower!]

I decided to use the 'wrong' side of the fabric.  I thought it would make a prettier brooch or pin.  I folded each square in half.  At this point I ironed the squares to get a nice crisp fold. Then I folded the points down towards the central point.

I turned the square over and folded the 2 side ends in at the back., thus starting to form the petal. I turned the petal right side facing again and...

...secured it with a pin.I trimmed off the extra pieces sticking out at the bottom of the petal and then threaded all the petals together with a needle and thread.

I then joined the circle and stitched to secure the petals on the top and then underneath too. I attached a brooch pin underneath and sewed a button on top to cover all the raw ends and the stitching.

The woven tie fabric was ideal to make a Kanzashi flower pin! Click on the pics to see a much larger view.  Thanks Elaine!

11 comments:

Estelle said...

You are so meticulous with the detail. It's incredible.
I wish I had the patience to do this! (I can spend hours on a spreadsheet for the complex, but practical things are just plain scary!)

Jesse said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tut!

Caroline said...

You are so generous to share your talents. I have had such fun with the folded books. Just this morning I was looking at some old ties. Now I can make them new again in time for Christmas. Thank you! I follow your blog from Seattle, Washington.

giddygoat said...

You rock!! Thanks!

Di Overton said...

What a lovely idea

Leslie said...

Fun! Hope things are well w/you Denise. Thanks for sharing this tutorial style. I keep seeing fabulous ties at thrift stores and the ideas are flowing...

Anairam said...

Clever! I love your tutorials - I keep adding to my list of projects to make ...

Anabel Fournier said...

Great!!! I love making pins and have never tried one like this. Hope I can make one soon and send you a photo of the result.

sakurasnow said...

Such a great idea, and a beautiful result! Thanks for the tut... I have a stash of old ties somewhere and now I know just what to do with them!

down comforter said...

This is such a great idea! Sooo sweet :)

Heather Moore said...

You're always doing such beautiful things! Most inspiring.