Wedding present tie rug

This rug was made as a wedding present for Sarah and Danny. It's made from 72 men's ties, all bought from charity shops. It took me ages to collect the ties in colours of passion, but was worth the effort. Can't wait to make another one like this for myself!

  • eileenaway 8y

    Thanks dreamy1968 and bellana for your comments. To make the rug, get lots of ties and arrange them in a circle. Zigzag the ties together starting from the outside edge and stop sewing near the centre. Sew all the ties together to make the circle. Trim off the excess tie ends and use these ends to make the centrepieces. This is the fourth rug I have made so far and it gets easier each time. It takes about 10 hours of sewing time.
  • dreamy1968 8y

    Hello Eileen, Thank you for your response. I bought all the ties and laid them out but I have gabs because the ties are so much wider on top then towards the bottom. How can I fix this issue? Can I sew this with the sewing machine? I read some articles that silk ties should be sewn by hand - do you sew yours by hand or by machine? Thanks a bunch for sharing and again... Absolutely stunning!!!!! Love your creative Ideas! HAPPY HOLIDAYS and GOD BLESS. - Sabrina
  • eileenaway 8y

    Hi Sabrina, there is some overlapping of the ties as you sew them as they are not perfect shapes for sewing into a circle, I sew them on a sewing machine with a close zigzag stitch but my sister sews hers by hand. I would never finish a single rug if I put it together by handsewing! If you are using silk ties, it might be best if you tacked them together first, maybe in 8 sections. I use old firm ties as I find the silky ones difficult to work with. You could also sew them directly onto a backing which would help keep the shape. Hope that helps
  • swirlingthoughts 8y

    What an amazing project. I love it!
  • seccombejl 8y

    Hi Ellen,
    When sewing the ties do you use a seam or just zigzag them next to each other??
    It is very beautiful .. I bought even more ties just to try one of these !!

    Jan
  • eileenaway 8y

    Thank you swirlingthoughts and seccombeji for your comments. The ties are zigzagged together, some are overlapped to get the shape right. Good luck and happy sewing!
  • Maggie 7y

    That is stupendous.
  • -AleckZArt- 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called -Ties-, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • eileenaway 7y

    Wow, more groups all about ties! Thanks for the invitation.
  • Outi Les Pyy / OutsaPop Trashion DIY fashion 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TRASHION NATION - New stuff from other peoples trash, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • eileenaway 6y

    Thank you for the invitation, pic's been added
  • Scott Birk 6y

    I LOVE IT!

    I would buy one if you sell them!
  • eileenaway 6y

    Birukusan - thank you! I'll let you know if ever I have any like this one to sell.
  • dédé 6y

    really beautiful!!!
  • Jayne Murphy 6y

    This is fantastic!
  • masparera ;-) 6y

    This is a WONDERFUL photo!
    You can to share it in the paololivorno's friends group.

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  • Hate Derek 6y

    love it
  • corsesidenursery 4y

    amazing...
  • Nataliepress 3y

    Would you make one and sell it?
  • crazyquilter1944 2y

    I love your rugs, I'm just about ready to start one for myself. Thanks you so much for
    the inspiration to do this. I'm a quilter and this is a very nice breath of fresh from my
    other projects.
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