Franceska Creations
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Tips on recycling neckties and on clothing construction for quilters from an award-winning designer.
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PO Box 54, Old Mission, Michigan 49673
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Sweatshirt jackets

One of the easiest clothing projects for a quilter is the sweatshirt jacket.  This starts with a size larger than you would wear as a sweatshirt and can be made with scraps, orphan blocks, favorite collections, jelly rolls, charm squares, or anything else you can imagine.  Washable fabrics are best and prewashed even better.  You can quilt-as-you-go, or make patchwork and quilt it to the sweatshirt pieces.  You can even line it if you like!

Necktie bias

Neckties are perfect for cutting bias strips.  Some possible uses:  Cut 1/2" wide and use as raw-edge strips for applique (use zig-zag, decorative stitch, or double needle to stitch).  Cut 5/8" wide and make 1/4" folded bias strips for applique (These can also be folded in half to make 1/8" bias).  Cut wider (always adding 1/8" more than with cotton fabrics) for wider bias.  Fill with cording to make piping embellishment. 

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