Tailored Tie Flowers + Giveaway + Discount

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Hooray! Today is my stop for the blog tour for the new book Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers by Amy Barickman. Lucky me, the publisher sent me a review copy of the book, plus two Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers (two sizes) to try. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the blog tour schedule. With each one, you’ll get to see that blogger’s ‘Flower of the Day’ plus get a chance to win some prizes. There’s also a discount code I’ll share, that you can use at Indygo Junction’s website for your next purchase.


Here’s a peek at the book.

My project: Tailored Tie Flowers

Tailored Tie Project

Here’s my ‘Flower of the Day’, Tailored Tie Flowers, page 46.

Both ties before cutting

This required two men’s ties. I went to a local thrift store and picked up two silk ones with contrasting colors as the author suggested.

usable pieces of ties ironed

I took them apart and cut out some usable strips. I ironed them, but you can see I still had some wrinkles in this photo.

clover tool on fabric

Here’s the small Clover Kanzashi Flower Maker. You will make one petal at a time. For each one, I placed the plate onto a square of fabric from one of the ties. Next I folded the plate in the middle, sandwiching the fabric without creating wrinkles. then secured it with a fastener at the top of the tool. Next, I trimmed the fabric sticking out from around the tool, getting as close to the edge as possible with my scissors. Then, with a threaded needle, I started with position 1 and followed the numbers to the end. Finally, you take it out of the plate, and pull the thread to form your flower. It’s that easy. I repeated five times for each flower.

Tie Flower on coat lapel

Once I created the two flowers (you can probably make yours look better than mine), I stacked them and added a button I scavenged from a blouse in my closet. The button has Ideas on it, which I thought was cute. Now, for the really good part of this blog tour, the giveaway.

Giveaway: How to enter

Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers is a nice book, with 25 flower projects for decorating your clothing – like I did with my wool jacket – or your home. You know you want a copy. And you’ll need both Kanzashi Flower Makers to make this project. So, for a chance to win leave a comment on this post letting me know if you have ever deconstructed a man’s tie for crafting/sewing. That’s it. Contest ends March 9, 2013. I will announce the winner of the book and tools March 10th. Good luck!

Blog Tour Schedule

2/2/13 – Indygo Junction Kick Off Post

2/4/13 – Kollabora

2/5/13 – CraftFoxes

2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets by Coats & Clark

2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron

2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts

2/11/13 – Tater Tots & Jello

2/12/13 – Family Ever After

2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff

2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side

2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog

2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs

2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou

2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft

2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard

2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs

2/25/13 – Taradara

2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter

2/27/13 – Me!!!…Quilting at Craft Gossip

2/28/13 – How Joyful

3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews

3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes

3/5/13 – In Color Order

3/6/13 – See Kate Sew

3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte

3/8/13 – Sew Caroline

3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post with BONUS Giveaway & Free project

Discount Code

Use discount code FFBK18 to get 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order (offer expires 5/1/13).


  1. Theresa says

    I have used the larger pieces of tie material to cover cardstock to add accents to my cards.
    I love fabric flowers so I would love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance.

  2. Nancy D says

    Never used ties before! But I’m going to start looking for them in the discount stores! Fun book!

  3. Jane T says

    I saved many of my husband’s ties when he retired to make a skirt with and then never did anything with them.

  4. Marlene says

    I haved not used ties for crafting, however I now see that I need to buy some thrifted ties and start making flowers. Would love to win this book.

  5. Wendy Hatton says

    I haven’t yet got around to using ties but have seen some very clever ideas from others who have.

  6. Charlou says

    I haven’t but being the procrastinator that I am, I also have 10 ties waiting to be deconstructed into something!

  7. Carla G says

    I’ve never deconstructed a tie, but this looks like a fabulous pattern to get me started! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  8. D Morrison says

    Haven’t deconstructed ties before, but always ready to try something new! Just need the book to show me what to make from it!

  9. Kathy says

    I have a bunch of silk ties that I bought for nuno felting, but they are still waiting. tgis may be easier.

  10. Pam S says

    I’ve never deconstructed a tie, but what a great idea. Thanks for the inspiring blog and a chance to win.

  11. Shawn says

    I have never used a tie in a craft before but thank you for a chance at the giveaway!

  12. Deb E. says

    Absolutely love this idea! The men I know/have known are mostly techie types, who never wear a tie, so I’ve never tied one, much less deconstructed one. Great way to repurpose one though. Thanks for the giveaway. Awesome book.

  13. Dupcodeb says

    Thanks for the chance to win! I have never used ties before, but I would like to give it a try. I have seen some really cute things lately!

  14. Kia Warner says

    I have used men’s ties for crafting doll clothes when my daughters where little. I really want to try a lot of the flowers in this book for my wedding next year. I’d use this particular pattern to make a keepsake our of my groom’s tie (if he ends up wearing one – still undecided!)

  15. Carmen says

    What a great idea. We have a bunch of ties that have small stains left over from my father-in-law that we don’t know what to do with. I need to try this

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