Tree skirt from 24 thrift store neckties. I was inspired by a design I saw online for $1200. Naturally, I thought I could make it myself for a lot less ! Ha ha ha I now know why they cost $1200. It was a ton of work.
I drafted the pattern in CorelDRAW and then cut the pattern pieces from acetate. If you want to buy a pattern that’s similar, try a “Dahlia quilt.”
To get the ties from “tie” to “fabric,” I unpicked the long back seam of each, and ripped out the interfacing. Because ties are cut on the bias, I stabilized the tie fabric with iron-on interfacing before cutting.
I sewed together each set of pieces into a long curved section, then sewed 6 of those sections together. Six sections was 1/4 of the skirt. Then I sewed 2 quarters together, and the other two quarters together to have 2 half skirts. Then I basted the last two seams, adjusted the seam to make the skirt lie flat, and sewed the seam for real.
The backing fabric is a neutral plaid that reminded me of suit fabric. I bound the center circle and outside points with continuous bias binding that I made from burgundy fabric.
I thought sewing the curved seams, and matching up the pieces at the seam lines was going to be the biggest challenge (I’m not a quilter). But no, in fact, it was sewing the inside points of the binding that was the WORST.
Also, arranging the pieces in a pleasing pattern without…too many stripes together! Too many RED together! and so forth was a whole day of hmmmm…nope. How about this?