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From: seamstress16
Date: 04-28-2005, 10:01 AM (1 of 4)
I am making neckties for this man's business. I had to buy about 1 1/2 of very expensive silk fabric to make these ties. Is there anything I could do lessen the amount of fabric used per tie so that I could use the same piece of fabric for multiple ties without messing up the ties? I hate having all of this waste! What do I do with all this waste?

User: seamstress16
Member since: 01-29-2005
Total posts: 88
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-28-2005, 11:14 AM (2 of 4)
What is the size and dimensions of the scrap?
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-28-2005, 11:31 AM (3 of 4)
When I was in the tie making mode, I bought 1/4 of a yard.. that gave me enough of off grain needed without being on the 'true bias'..Of course if you are making more than 1 out of a fabric you could buy a longer strip of fabric.. I never had any problems with it not being a 'true' bias.. As long as they were not cut on straight of grain..Also with the little pieces you have left, make a peek-a-boo hankie .. make the part that peeks out of the pocket and stitch it to a piece of lightweight cardboard to tuck down into the pocket where it doesn't show.. Thats what we used to do all the time..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: BabsSewingRoom
Date: 04-28-2005, 01:09 PM (4 of 4)
Silk would make very pretty scrunchies. Or what about the ties teenagers are wearing in their belt loops. (they don't care if they are on bias or just straight) My 13 yr old granddaughter and her friends always find uses for my scraps. And I've made several small handbags to match the prom dresses I alter.
User: BabsSewingRoom
Member since: 04-10-2004
Total posts: 80
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