Organic and handmade go ‘hand in hand’, so look forward to loads of handmade projects and ideas over the next few weeks here on borganic.net…..we share spirited ways to repurpose, adventurous ways to play up nature in your gifts, and all kinds of naturally creative schtuff, so keep checkin’ in and enjoy…..
We’re kicking things off today with Etsy and a big “WhooHoo”….Our “Power of Code” Tie project was featured today as part of Etsy’s How-To Tuesday. Thanks to HGTV and Etsy!
That one is ‘fresh off the bench’ as I like to say and all in all it went together quite nicely.
The freezer paper/inkjet printer technique is a fabulous way to get a cool printed look on fabric, by the way! It’s crisp, clear and pretty amazing.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big fan of patterns. They can sometimes confuse the heck out of things for me and they can slow down progress….On the flipside of that, however, I do usually learn a thing or two from them.
This proved to be no exception. I had never made a necktie from scratch before, so I planned on going at it two different ways…1. with a REAL pattern and 2. by using an old necktie that I took apart as a pattern. I wanted to keep the steps as simple as possible, as well as budget friendly by working with things you may already have for part of it, so just using an old necktie seemed like the better alternative…if it would work.
I did the REAL pattern first and ended up ripping out stitches here and there at least 6 times due to stupid errors or improper deciphering of instructions.
The second one I did using the old tie as my pattern went together beautifully, easily and without all the mistakes…(having the experience of the first one I’m sure helped, as did one tip I learned from the pattern re: the ends of the tie)….I think it was because visually, it was just a lot easier for me to see how these things go together. …how the seams were turned, where things were stitched and clipped, etc…
In the end, I’m admittedly proud of the results and had a ball working on them.
I also realized that things are starting to pile up around here, so why not have some fun giving away the different projects we end up having to make for things like this. WE MAKE it, YOU may as well TAKE it! That’s what the holidays are all about, right?!
That makes one less gift you have to make or buy, my friends. To make it easy, just leave a quick comment as to why you should win this one of a kind beauty. The guys will pick a winner and we’ll ship it your way. I’m giving away both the mossy green one and the grey one!
Cheers to the start of the holiday season and all things handmade!