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Notes From the Sewing Room

Notes From the Sewing Room

Recently I came across an old Dear Abby column that seemed perfect for the creative Sewing Savvy readers who love to recycle. It was an article on recycling old neckties into new projects. The idea started with a woman whose husband had passed on. She wanted ideas for things she could create from his old neckties, so that she would have something that would remind her of him, but would be more useful to her than a stack of ties.

Readers wrote in with lots of ideas including:

  • Sew them in vertical stripes to create a skirt or dress.
  • Use them as belts.
  • Make a wall hanging.
  • Make a quilted Christmas wreath.
  • Stitch them together in a circle with the points facing outward to create a Christmas tree skirt.
  • Make pot holders.
  • My favorite: Create a table runner or altar cloth for Father's Day.

Read more here.

Good luck putting your stash to work for you! You can create some wonderful items and use up scraps at the same time. Next time we will be looking at monograms; the classic idea has become all the rage and has been through a huge update.

Correction: In the last newsletter, StoryPatches™ were mistakenly noted as a product you can print and stitch into your creations. The kits are sold already customized for you and include the labels so you don't have to print them. Just stitch or iron them in place, and you are ready to go! Kits are available from™.

Sew far, sew good,

Lorine Mason
editor, Sewing Savvy newsletter

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