Flower Power Necktie Bag

comments (10) October 11th, 2008 in gallery     

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Minimeg Minimeg, member
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This is another one of my reversible, recycled, necktie bags. It is made from two old neckties, an old flannel shirt, upholstery samples, buttons, and various scrap fabrics. Half of the bag is a pretty teal fabric with fabric flower appliques sewn on. Each flower was handcut from different floral fabrics, then sewn on by machine, and many have a button (or three) hand sewn into the middle. One side also has the pocket of a green plaid flannel shirt sewn on.

The other half of the bag is made from two large, striped upholstery samples. The blue and green side has a blue flower applique, and the red and pink side has a pink flower applique. The bag handle is made from a plaid necktie, and a teal patterned necktie. The bias tape around the edges was made from other parts of the plaid flannel shirt.

I think I should win because not only is my bag covered in flowers and floral prints, about 75% of the materials are recycled or repurposed. It says "Flower Power" in the literal and figurative sense of the phrase.

posted in: gallery, blue, red, green, pink, handbag, buttons, flower, recycled, applique, teal, neckties

Comments (10)

bunny_mom writes: This is adorable! Did you use a pattern for the main body? If yes, what was it please?

Posted: 8:36 pm on February 23rd
quiltinqueenie writes: Love this bag will start on it this afternoon. Have all kinds of recycled materials.
Posted: 11:11 am on March 28th
SEWButterfly writes: Sew creative! ;D
Posted: 8:08 am on January 23rd
gracie_girl writes: Cute, I love the flowers and plaid mixed together.
Posted: 5:02 pm on January 16th
Anasofia writes: This bag reminds me of a bag that i did with my best friends, we took a simple beige bag, and start sewing buttons all over the bag! at the end it was all covered in colorful buttons, i love your idea!
Posted: 3:12 pm on December 7th
RubyKitty writes: Lovely shape and colours, and great to see fabrics being recycled. One of the nicest things about crafting is transforming what could otherwise end up in a landfill site. Thrifty and green, that's a good combination.
Posted: 2:50 pm on October 12th
Jen_W writes: Supercute and whimsical.
Posted: 7:22 pm on October 11th
Minimeg writes: Thanks guys! taja, I encourage you to use those fabric scraps! It is easy to sneak them in on projects instead of using new fabric. Or as appliques and embellishments. :)
Posted: 4:00 pm on October 1st
mscraftypants writes: Love the colors and the style. Neckties are such great resources for new creations. Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 1:18 pm on October 1st
taja writes: this is sweet!! i love how you recycled/re-purposed fabric from so many different sources.this is inspiring.I have a pile of clothes and fabric scraps i wanted to reuse but falling short on interesting project ideas.Seeing how you put this bag to work,from neckties to upholstery and its REVERSIBLE! your very innovative.This bag is sweet!
Posted: 9:32 pm on September 30th
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