Tree Skirt Made Of Ties

Recycled ties
Recycled ties

Save those ties!

Ties are made of such beautiful fabric and interesting designs. I used my husbands favorite ties as a memorial to him. He loved ties. There is one for every occasion and every mood. It speaks volumes about a man.

The family knew that ties were a passion of Jay's. He carefully chose a tie for every occasion. It quickly became an easy choice for grown ups and children to buy "Popaw" a tie. It turned into a collection.

I didn't know when I was making this, that I would be sharing it with anybody. So I don't have step by step pictures to show how I did it. But I'll try to explain it the best I can.

Yes, it is time consuming. But oh how wonderful! It is a treasure. It makes me smile.

Quilted material,  very thin layer of cotton
Quilted material, very thin layer of cotton
Cars--a Gap Tie
Cars--a Gap Tie

The Material

Use any kind of material you want for a base.

This is quilted polyester, and has a very thin cotton layer inside.

White or green satin would be beautiful also.

I used an old tree skirt for a pattern.


Pin the ties

Lay the ties on the circle you have cut.

Move them around to get the best effect.

Then pin each tie down.

At the small cirlce where the skirt fits around the tree, cut the ties off matching the edges of the circle.

Use a big Tailors stitch just to tack the ties down so you can remove the pins.

Then hand stitch each tie and remove big stitches

Choose a blending thread throughout


The lining

Lining made of cotton
Lining made of cotton

Use the same pattern to cut an identical a lining. Plain cotton. I used an old sheet. Match up the edges (right sides together). This can be sewn on the machine. Sew just the circle only. Leave the small circle open and the opening that folds around the tree. Trim the seam and turn.

Bias strip around the small circle
Bias strip around the small circle

Closing the small circle

Cut a bias strip of matching color about 2 inches wide

Hand stitch to right side of circle, turn and stitch the underside

Use the same width of bias at openings that close the skirt around the tree

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Jay in the music tie
Jay in the music tie
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The music tieThe Elmo tieThe car from GapA Special needs artist (age 15)
The music tie
The music tie
The Elmo tie
The Elmo tie
The car from Gap
The car from Gap
A Special needs artist (age 15)
A Special needs artist (age 15)

The ties that bind

Each tie has a meaning, a memory. A Baptism, a dinner, a graduation, a wedding, a holiday.

All happy ties.

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Jay with daughter Lisa at a rehersal dinner
Jay with daughter Lisa at a rehersal dinner

Do not think of me and weep, tho I'm not there. I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awaken in morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night

Do not think of me, and cry

Tho I'm not there, I did not die

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marellen 5 years ago

Very fun project. I was hoping that you would give instructions on how to make it. Since I sew and do crafts I could figure it out but it would be helpful and maybe make hub of the day. Include pics too. thanks for sharing.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Marellen, I bought the white quilted material and cut a circle. I used the pattern from an old tree skirt. But it doesn't have to be quilted material . You can use whatever base you like. Place the ties where you want them. Pen them down. Stitch each one separately. Cut a plain cotton circle the same size as the quilted material. Line up edges and stitch on machine. Turn. The small circle that hugs the tree, I use a bias strip and hand stitched. If you are a crafter, I am sure you can do your own thing. Good Luck!

Lisa Hays 5 years ago

This is my favorite one so far! Very well done! GREAT!!!!

Gus 5 years ago're so creative!

Charlotte Perry 5 years ago

How neat! I have seen some other neat things made with ties but right now I can recall them. I have the directions somewhere "for when I retire and have all that extra time". Thanks for thinking of me.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful tribute to your husband and thanks for sharing your tree skirt idea with the rest of us. Talk about creating an object that has meaning as well as seasonal usefulness! Voted up, useful and beautiful.

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England

What a fun, creative idea.

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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

I have a bunch of ties that I got from a thrift store. I need to start using them. This sounds like a great way to start!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

good luck Millionaire...thanks for stopping by.

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stessily 5 years ago

Ann, Ties can be amazingly beautiful and can reveal so much about their wearers. Your tree skirt is a unique tribute to your husband, who seems so full of life in the photos which you included.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Yes stessily, ties are revealing. Wish ladies could wear them...well, maybe we can. Let's think.

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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

What a beautiful way to remember a loved one. I am posting on Facebook. Voted up, beautiful, interesting & useful.

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poetryman6969 21 months ago

One of the best uses for ties I have ever seen. It's not like they hold up your pants on anything so there has to be some other use for them!

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