February 15, 2013

Fabric Flower Bouquet: an Upcycled Necktie Project



Finding materials to use for the Indie Lovely Valentine's Day Gift Swap proved to be quite a challenge since the only materials I've stockpiled since the move are neckties {and their reusable scraps}. 

woven necktie interlining
I wanted to make something sweet and girlie for the swap, and a vintage tie wallet just didn't seem fitting.

What to do?

Dig deep...you know, that spot in your brain where you find your "Aha" moments?

After mulling over my limited material options, I decided to expand on an idea that was born from a year-old convo with a crafty gal pal...Giant, vibrantly dyed, fabric flowers from my piles and piles of {boring, dull} necktie interlining fabric.  

Aha!  

Who doesn't enjoy flowers on Valentine's Day, right?





handmade card for the gift swap
Can you believe the transformation!

I would have ever guessed that this was fabric from a necktie, had I not created it myself.  That's pretty satisfying to me.

I'm looking forward to enjoying new creative challenges like this as I continue settling in to my new space!  

EDIT 06/09/13:  Here's the link to my tutorial on how to make your own multi-colored dyed fabric flower bouquet