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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).

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76 Comments so far

  1. Gilda on February 27, 2013 11:30 am

    I haven’t used ties. Love this book.

  2. Barbara on February 27, 2013 11:31 am

    I’ve never used a man’s tie for for sewing or crafting, but there’s a first time for everything, and I’m game. Love making fabric flowers.

  3. Laura/Readerwoman on February 27, 2013 11:53 am

    My mother made a quilt once with men’s ties – wish I had a picture I could share, it was so clever. My husband doesn’t wear ties, so I’d have to buy them at the thrift shop!
    Love fabric flowers, and would love to win a copy of this book – thanks for the opp!

  4. Lenora Butler on February 27, 2013 12:05 pm

    I have made a skirt out of men’s ties, as well as using them to decorate purses.

  5. alisa h on February 27, 2013 12:26 pm

    never used a mans tie, but now i may have too, oh thrift store here i come…….

  6. DONNA on February 27, 2013 12:30 pm

    Yes but in a different way than you showed, used only one tie the smaller end and rolled and twisted it!

  7. Jessica on February 27, 2013 12:48 pm

    I’ve deconstructed plenty of shirts to refashion into clothes for the kiddos, and a pair of pants to make a sewing machine cover, but never a tie. I need to win this so I can get started ;)

  8. Donna O'Neil on February 27, 2013 12:49 pm

    I have never used a man’s tie for sewing. I do have a bunch of ties as my husband hates them. He is an engineer and wears jeans and polo shirts.

  9. Lexi on February 27, 2013 12:56 pm

    I made a little coin purse out of a tie, and upholstered some doll furniture with a lovely small patterned paisley! I’d love to win a copy of this great looking book, thanks for the chance!

  10. Debra Bopp on February 27, 2013 1:06 pm

    Yes, I have used old ties many times. Usually doing crazy quilting but also turned one into a cell phone holder.

  11. nicole w on February 27, 2013 1:14 pm

    I have never deconstructed a man’s tie for crafting/sewing.

  12. ichelle,Grandma Touch on February 27, 2013 1:17 pm

    Hi! I think this is a really good idea. I have been looking into different ways to make flowers. I love making flowers. Never thought of ties,but I love thinking out of the box.I just happen to have a bag of ties that is no longer being used. Hmmm…. gotta try!

  13. Kay Eyles on February 27, 2013 1:23 pm

    Wow, I would never have even thought of using a tie to make a flower with. My husband has a whole pile of ties he no longer wears that I could use. I have not used ties for anything before either.

  14. Linda Smith on February 27, 2013 1:27 pm

    I have never crafted with them, but I just aquired a pattern to make my grandson a tie! The book looks fun.

  15. LJ on February 27, 2013 1:29 pm

    Yes, I have made a ties. Years ago (probably between 1969 and 1974), I made one for my Dad and a couple for my husband. I love trying new things so it fit right in. Your flower is sweet but I LOVE your button. IDEAS! That’s wonderful!

  16. Kathy Bumb on February 27, 2013 2:02 pm

    I have never used a man’s tie to construct flowers, but looks like a great idea. Love your blog!!!

  17. Beth on February 27, 2013 2:11 pm

    I have never used a man’s tie for sewing or crafting but I bet they would make some fantastic flowers! Now to go dig up my husband’s old ties!

  18. usairdoll on February 27, 2013 2:19 pm

    I have not used men’s ties for any crafts or sewing. I have seen quilts made with ties that were beautiful. Your flower turned out great! What a great idea to use ties though.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  19. Lady_D on February 27, 2013 2:32 pm

    I’ve never used men’s ties before, but I have seen several projects from different websites that I’m itching to try. I might have to visit my local thrift store for the source material.

    I’m adding this project to my list of “want to do” items… and hoping to win a copy of the book.

  20. Laura Spike on February 27, 2013 2:54 pm

    Way back in the 70s I took apart men’s ties and sewed them together for a floor length skirt. They spiraled a bit toward the bottom.

  21. Dortha on February 27, 2013 3:23 pm

    I have bought ties for others to use but have never took on apart. The flowers look interesting.

  22. Patricia on February 27, 2013 3:44 pm

    I’ve never used men’s ties. The men in my life don’t wear them, unless they have to! This book would be a great reason to go buy some!

  23. Maggie on February 27, 2013 3:45 pm

    I have made wallets from men’s ties as well as cute gathered flowers!
    Was a great remembrance from my dad

  24. Jenny S on February 27, 2013 4:17 pm

    I’ve never deconstructed a tie, but I’ve seen some neat projects using upcycled ties.

    Your flower turned out nice :)

  25. Mary on February 27, 2013 4:22 pm

    I have some men’s ties that I saved and now I know why. This is a good way to try them out.

  26. K Bain on February 27, 2013 4:38 pm

    Yes I have used ties before. When my daughter was in College I made her a long patchwork skirt out of ties. it was kinda hippy style put she liked to dance in it.

  27. Donna Craver on February 27, 2013 4:59 pm

    What a great way to use up my husbands ties that he never wears anymore.

  28. Shirley on February 27, 2013 6:10 pm

    Have used ties for yo-yos, rolled flowers, crazy quilt, small necklace purses, embellised denim shirts with them.

  29. Liz O on February 27, 2013 6:16 pm

    How lovely is this!!! i havenever deco structed a tie for any project, but I think my hubby has one to many, I do not think he will mind If I use one ;) Thanks for the chance to win!
    Have a wonderful day!

  30. Pauline on February 27, 2013 8:16 pm

    Years ago we used ties for seats
    on Dollhouse Miniature chair. Also
    for crazy quilts.

  31. Suzanne on February 27, 2013 8:29 pm

    I haven’t used ties for anything, but it sounds like a great idea – many of them are really pretty fabrics.

  32. ellen lai on February 27, 2013 8:38 pm

    No, I haven’t used ties, though I have read about people using them for crafting.

  33. Kat on February 27, 2013 9:48 pm

    I made a really cute tie skirt!

  34. Hueisei on February 27, 2013 10:01 pm

    I haven’t try to use before. Love the idea. Thanks for sharing.

  35. MelodyJ on February 27, 2013 10:32 pm

    No I haven’t. But I’ve seen some very nice tie projects I do want to make some day.

  36. Deborah Anderson on February 28, 2013 1:47 am

    I made a small crazy quilt once using men’s ties. I am experimenting
    with creating fabric flowers and would love to have this book to get more ideas.

  37. Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) on February 28, 2013 1:53 am

    I’m just about to deconstruct a tie to make some monster plushies! But would also love to use old ties to make flowers and other accessories. :)

  38. Claire C on February 28, 2013 3:36 am

    I haven’t used mens ties, but I thought about using them plenty of times. I now will have to, thanks for the push, I hope I win. Thanks again.

  39. Joan on February 28, 2013 3:37 am

    I have long admired the colors and designs of men’s ties but have never used them in crafts – It’s time to start!

  40. Jan P. on February 28, 2013 5:52 am

    I haven’t used ties – yet – but really like the idea!

  41. Cathy Martin on February 28, 2013 6:07 am

    I made my Grandaughter, age 5, a skirt from my Father in Laws ties. It was the cutest thing! I have never thought of using them for flowers, but I will now. I would love this book for the inspiration!

  42. patty turner on February 28, 2013 7:27 am

    i get my ties at second hand shops i use them to make pillows and guilts love to win thanks

  43. Judith (from Israel) on February 28, 2013 7:45 am

    My husband owns one tie which he wears to weddings and funerals and, no, I have never deconstructed his tie for crafting/sewing.

  44. Evelyn girard on February 28, 2013 7:54 am

    I would love to make crafts with ties.i love to do sewing.I want to learn to do flowers with the ties.

  45. Gill on February 28, 2013 8:31 am

    I’ve never deconstructed a mans tie but what a great idea! I like the idea of the Clover flower maker too!

  46. superstitches on February 28, 2013 9:24 am

    I’ve never deconstructed a tie but was given a box of silk tie scraps. I’ve used them in projects.

  47. Robyn on February 28, 2013 9:41 am

    Have never used a tie, but have a “Beatles” tie I want to do something fun with

  48. Chris on February 28, 2013 10:47 am

    I love making fabric flowers but have never used a man’s tie to make one. It’s never to late to learn someting new!

  49. Mary Mac on February 28, 2013 11:04 am

    Great way to recycle. I have some of my father old ties I would love to try with.

  50. LILA-ANNE on February 28, 2013 11:08 am

    What an unusual clover template! I’d have to go buy some ties. Fireman wear solid color tie.

  51. LILA-ANNE on February 28, 2013 11:09 am

    Sorry, I meant to say, my husband who is a firefighter only wears.a solid color tie for work.

  52. Mary Lou Fall on February 28, 2013 11:53 am

    Now something to do with my husband’s stash of silk ties. I’ve never craftd with men’s ties,but this is definitely on my TO DO list.

  53. Cheryl on February 28, 2013 12:32 pm

    What a great use for old neckties, some of which are gorgeous!!

  54. Theresa on February 28, 2013 12:57 pm

    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.

  55. Nancy D on February 28, 2013 3:39 pm

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

  56. mary fanara coleman on February 28, 2013 4:15 pm

    I haven’t used ties but I know my mom has before…great book.

  57. domestic diva on February 28, 2013 7:12 pm

    I haven’t used a tie, but that’s a good idea!

  58. Ginger on February 28, 2013 7:18 pm

    I have never deconstructed a man’s tie for crafting/sewing, but it sounds like a neat idea.

  59. Jane T on February 28, 2013 7:20 pm

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

  60. Marlene on February 28, 2013 10:34 pm

    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.

  61. Wendy Hatton on February 28, 2013 10:45 pm

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

  62. Donna McConnell on March 1, 2013 1:07 am

    I have deconstructed a man’s tie for crafting (decoupage).

  63. barbara-bb on March 1, 2013 6:44 am

    I haven’t deconstructed a tie so far. never too late…

  64. Charlou on March 1, 2013 8:41 am

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

  65. Carla G on March 1, 2013 2:00 pm

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

  66. D Morrison on March 1, 2013 6:51 pm

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

  67. Kathy on March 1, 2013 8:19 pm

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

  68. Pam S on March 2, 2013 12:23 am

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

  69. Mary Rok on March 2, 2013 12:25 am

    I have never tried this before, but what a great idea.

  70. Shawn on March 2, 2013 6:44 pm

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

  71. Deb E. on March 4, 2013 9:29 am

    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.

  72. Kathy (Kangaroo Mama) on March 4, 2013 12:05 pm

    I haven’t taken a men’s tie apart for a project but I have repurposed it as a scarf and belt for myself before!

  73. Dupcodeb on March 4, 2013 5:34 pm

    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!

  74. Debra Lee on March 4, 2013 9:55 pm

    No tie wearing men here!

  75. Kia Warner on March 6, 2013 2:00 pm

    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!)

  76. Carmen on March 7, 2013 8:48 pm

    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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