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Ties to Bind: Turn Neckties into Bias Binding

The seam allowances in this wool jacket were bound with multicolored silk from neckties. 
We used necktie silk to bind the seam allowances on a jacket. The multicolored fabric adds interesting color and pattern, and the fabric is high-quality silk. Read the post to find out how to turn neckties into binding.
The seam allowances in this wool jacket were bound with multicolored silk from neckties. 

The seam allowances in this wool jacket were bound with multicolored silk from neckties. 

Photo: Jack Deutsch

Secondhand silk ties provide a gorgeous and economical way to get quality fabric for bias strips. Neckties are cut on the bias, and many are made of finely patterned silk. The strips can be used to bind edges, make piping, or to create luxurious bias tape.

In the Fall 2013 edition of SewStylish, the article "Inspired Sewing" featured versions of the Simplicity SewStylish 1542 jacket, and one unlined version had seam allowances bound with necktie silk. Here's how to prepare the neckties and cut them into binding strips, based on a technique by Patricia Keay, a Threads magazine author and expert in fine finishing techniques.

1. Disassemble the tie. Remove the loop (if there is one), the label, and the bartack near each end of the center-back seam.

Disassemble

2. The center-back seam is usually sewn with hand stitches that are easily pulled out. Snip the seam thread at each end and the center. Pull out the thread lengths at each end.

Remove bartack

3. Remove the woven interfacing, and turn the tie inside out.

Hand stitches

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Comments (3)

user-2418800 user-2418800 writes: I just aquired a bunch of gorgeous silk ties knowing I wanted to use them in "something" just not knowing what......My brain is spinning with the possibilities using them this way.....THANK YOU!!!
Posted: 4:45 pm on August 13th

nanasue nanasue writes: I completed a garment last year with bias made from ties.
After collecting many silk ties from my local thrift stores, I used the ties as appliques and trim on the front, back and sleeves.
Sue McCollough






















Posted: 9:58 pm on August 6th

hollyso hollyso writes: What a phenomenal idea! Talk about stimulating the creative juices . . .

Posted: 7:57 am on July 25th

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