Tie-tastic DIY’s!

4 Thrifty-Thursday-logoFor my DIY’ers have found some brilliant projects that with a little sewing savvy are easily accomplished. One of the trends for this year is that DIY will continue to flourish but DIY’ers will be learning new skills and producing more professional projects so will be bringing you a mix of easy to more complex ideas over the coming weeks that will let you save on the pennies and add your own personal touch to your day.

Am talking ties today, not just any old tie but one that you can craft yourself. From regular to skinny, bow ties to printing your own fabric. You do need some basic sewing skills and access to a sewing machine but it’s straight lines and simple patterns so don’t be fazed!

On Monday’s Moodboard I shared this gorgeous fabric from Joel Avery and a tie that I found on Etsy by Me and Matilda


I love the quirkiness of this tie, which you can go right out and buy, but how fab to find your own fabrics that have images that reflect the men in your life, or, colours and patterns that match perfectly with your wedding palette.


For a regular tie shape go to The Purl Bee for step by step instructions, recommended fabrics and free downloadable pattern


To create a skinny tie go to See Kate Sew, again there is a free downloadable pattern and really easy to follow step by step pictures and instructions, plus a bonus pattern for a child’s tie so you can have all your menfolk in the same style :)


Are you hankering after the popular bow tie look? These are from Cloud Parade if you like the colours and patterns and just want to go out and buy them. If you are up for it though hop on over to Martha Stewart and have a go at the bow tie tutorial and make your bow ties personal!


My final offering is this brilliant idea for printing your own fabric using your own text or pictures, from the Etsy blog this one gives you endless possibilities to make a tie that is truly personal to the wearer.

All the above tutorials appeared in an article on We All Sew, another great resource for sewing projects.

Don’t be put off if you haven’t sewn before, learning to sew is a great skill that will save you £££’s on everything from home furnishings to fashion. You can find basic short day and evening sewing courses through your local college or private craft companies that are springing up everywhere. You can also pick up relatively inexpensive second hand sewing machines on ebay.

Am definitely going to have a go at some of these patterns I think they would be a great addition to my Time for Tea range using vintage fabric finds!



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