How to Make a Necktie Quilt
A necktie quilt is often a remembrance quilt. The quilt can be used to honor one person or an entire group or committee. You can incorporate the neckties into a number of different patterns, including an uncomplicated square patch design. Neckties are made of a wide variety of colors and patterns and can often be found at thrift shops, if more are needed. The quilt can be hung on the wall or used as a lap or bed quilt.
Things You'll Need
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Fabric for quilt backing
- Rotary cutter
- Sewing machine
- Sewing needle
- White colored pencil
Hand wash all neckties, let them dry naturally and press them with an iron.
Cut out quilt pieces from the neckties, using a rotary cutter, ruler and self-healing cutting mat, following the instructions on your quilt pattern and allowing for 1/4-inch seams.
Stitch the quilt pieces together into a quilt top using a sewing machine. Cut a piece of quilt batting and a piece of muslin fabric for a quilt backing to the exact size of the quilt top.
Layer the backing, batting and top on a flat surface like a table or the floor, with the quilt top right side up. Baste the three layers together with 2-inch long hand stitches, which will be removed after the quilt has been quilted together.
Quilt each block using a design, or stitch in the ditch if you are using a simple block pattern, using a needle and thread or a sewing machine.
Apply 2-inch wide strips of binding to the edges of your quilt and sew it in place. Pin the binding on the right side of the quilt and sew it to the edge with a 1/4-inch seam. Fold the binding to the back of the quilt and sew it in place.