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I found a fun use for some of the scraps of ties I've been unable to throw away. Commissioned to make a small wall hanging, I sketched a design and traced the parts onto the paper side of fusible web (reversed). Each piece was roughly cut out and laid fusible side up on my ironing board. I then cut skinny strips of tie scraps and silks to cover each piece, pressed, and cut to shape. Pieces were then fused to a background and stitched in place before overstitching and appliqueing.
Sewing a skinny flange into a bound edge adds a touch of accent color. To add a flange to a garment's bound edge, cut enough 1 1/4" bias strips to go around your bound edge and piece together (bias seam). Fold in half lengthwise, right side out. Raw edges even, baste with matching thread to the edge to be bound, seaming at the join if needed. Sew binding over the flange, sewing from the wrong side to follow the stitching line (one thread closer to the fold of the flange).