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Tips on recycling neckties and on clothing construction for quilters from an award-winning designer.
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Hem facings

When you are lining a jacket that does not have separate lining pattern pieces, an extra step will make your lining will hang better (and not create "bagging" of your garment). Adding a hem facing as part of the lining process is the answer.  To do this, cut strips of jacket fabric about 1 1/2" - 1 3/4" wide.  These are sewn to the bottom of the body and sleeve linings - with one necessary change to basic construction.  When sewing the side front lining to the front facing (in princess styles), leave the bottom 2" unsewn until AFTER adding the hem facing.  Then create a tuck in the lining to make the pieces fit together.

Make use of the leftover scraps

When you cut 2 1/2" strips from recycled neckties, you end up with some sizeable scraps from the wide end, as well as 2 tips that can be used as "prairie points" if the tie is not too worn.  These scraps are usually large enough to cut wedges or strips that can be pieced onto a foundation and used in a quilt or other project.  I have used them to make small, special occasion handbags,  piecing onto a medium-weight interfacing.



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