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Making a Quilt With Neckties

November 1, 2019

How many neck ties do I need to make a twin size strip quilt?


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November 1, 20190 found this helpful

It depends on the size quilt you want. Thrifty Fun has a section here www.thriftyfun.com/tf44825651.tip.html

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

A full-size quilt take around 99 ties to make the quilt. Jf you are making a throw quilt it takes around 60 ties to make the quilt.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

It will depend on what you are doing. Like there are really nice patterns for starbursts or squares that use a mix of ties and fabric and there are fun patterns (crazy quilts) that use all ties.

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The one that uses all ties would use many more ties than the first one.

Also it depends on if you are using wide ties or narrow or a mix. You would need fewer wide ties and more if they are all narrow.

Best to decide what pattern you want to follow first and if the pattern does not give you specific number of ties--measure the ties at the narrowest point and multiple out how wide and how long you want the quilt to be (counting at least 1/2 inch seam--ties often fray heavily and need bigger seams so you can zig zag the edges).

Post back with your finished product!! I love things made with old ties! So pretty and they can be so sentimental if the ties were from a loved one!

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November 4, 20190 found this helpful

You need a great many. Be sure to buy every tie you find at yard sales and trift stores. My grandmother made those for years.

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Only you can decide how many you need by using one side or splitting and using each side separately. Good luck to you.

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November 6, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with Pghgirl that size of tie and pattern will make a difference in how many ties you will need.
I remember reading somewhere that it took 88 ties to make a king size but that could change drastically with the pattern used so I think it might be best to maybe look at patterns in a craft/fabric store as these should all have the number of ties needed for each pattern.
The library usually has several books on making quilts from neckties and if not you can check with the librarian and they will find a book for you.

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These books and magazines usually have one or more free patterns that you can copy.
Patterns will also tell you about backing and filling materials.

There is a lot to know about when making one of these quilts so please read instructions on several sites before you begin your project as this is a lot of work to later find out something was not done in preparation and your quilt is ruined.
Be sure to check out about washing and ironing before beginning.

I have a couple of links to get you started but there are many more sites and all have good ideas.

www.instructables.com/.../

yesiquilt.wordpress.com/.../

crafty.house/.../

Here is a link showing so many patterns!

www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+necktie+quilts...

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March 9, 2009

My boys now in their 30's went to catholic schools, 12 years each. They had a contest who could wear the ugliest tie, well I have all these ugly ties and would love to return them to them as a lap blanket or a quilt. I do not sew much, I have a machine, but I would be willing to try! Does anyone have a not too hard way of doing this?



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March 10, 20090 found this helpful

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Could some one send me easy directions on how to make a quilt out of men's old ties? I have started sewing ties together large end, then small end together, 4 ties apiece. It looks neat but I am afraid when i go to put all these 4 sections together it will lie curved instead of straight, I plan on sewing them all onto a full size sheet, but would like some suggestions before I go any farther thanks to anyone who can help.

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March 10, 20090 found this helpful

Rather than sewing the ties to each other, try the following. Open each tie and remove any stiffening. Iron open, leaving side and point seams unironed. Sew one tie, face up to one of the finished short edges of a sheet the size u want(suggest twin for lap quilt, double for throw)Take a second tie, place it right side to the first tie and stitch the seam to the left edge of the first tie. Fold it down and press. Continue in this manner until sheet is covered or you run out of ties. You could leave the points of each tie hanging over the long edges to make a prairie point type edging. Just sew across the line of points on each long edge close to the finished edge of the sheet to hold them in place. You could also try weaving the ties in a square (anchor all outside edges by stitching close to them and topstitching to a ready made fleece throw( I get mine for about 6.oo at my local Hart store)

 
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March 11, 20090 found this helpful

Search for your question"how to make a quilt with mens ties"there's pictures & lot of info there,good luck.

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