Guy’s Tie Becomes Girl’s Rose

by Ramona on August 31, 2012

We are excited to present a guest post from Betty Brees, member of the Wichita, Kansas chapter of the American Sewing Guild! You will also recognize Betty as the winner of the grand prize in our “Anyone Can Win” contest (see previous blog post).  I can already picture readers of this blog making a beeline for their guy’s closet!  Have you made a project where men’s ties are transformed into feminine attire? Let us know in the comments!  Take it away, Betty!









Tie Rose

Supplies: Necktie (narrow tie gives lower profile than a wider tie), matching thread, needle, Thread Heaven (a thread conditioner), pin back.

Thread needle with double strand and knot. Some ties have labels in the seam – this may interfere with the rolling and folding so remove the label. A label perpendicular to the seam usually doesn’t interfere.

With wrong side of tie facing you and the narrowest end to the right start rolling from right to left keeping the top edge even. Roll until you have approximately 1 inch diameter rolled. Hold this roll with left hand, and with right hand insert needle on bottom edge and take several stitches to anchor. Do not cut thread, just let needle and thread dangle until needed. Most stitches won’t show when you are finished.

Hold the base of the rolled center between right thumb and forefinger. Bring long end of tie up behind and to the left of rolled center. Fold the long end of the tie back so the folded edge is level with the tip of the rolled center. Now, roll the center of the rose over ¼ to ½ turn. (About to where my left thumb is in picture above). Hold this in place with left hand and take a stitch or two. Repeat this step until you get to the last few inches of the tie.


You will use the end of the tie as the leaf, and it serves to cover the bottom of your rose. You may have to fiddle with the last fold and roll and then turn the end under so the right side of the tie is against the bottom of the rose.  Sew on pin back.

 Betty Brees


This is an amazing project!  Thank you, Betty.

Samina, American Sewing Guild. Follow us on Twitter @SewingGuild


kandi lippert August 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

This is a neat idea to make a pin out of for a sweater or jacket thanks
years ago i took narrow ties, points down and sewed them together to make a skirt, came out really cute, with an angora sweater, i used dark colors black and navy, was fun to do

Beverly Belaska August 31, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Idea just in time. 3 of us are demonstrating flower making at the Fenton Daytime ASG Meeting on Tuesday,(St Louis, Mo Chapter)

Andrea Sertage September 1, 2012 at 4:16 am

I make these all the time and put them on little cell phone purse’s made from a man’s tie. They are so cute , everyone love’s them

Karen McCarty September 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I truly was headed for my husband’s old tie collection before I even got to the instructions. I LOVE this idea and will be giving one to each of his daughters for Christmas. I’m picking ties that each of the girls gave to him back in the day when he had to wear ties to work. I’m hoping this will be meaningful to the girls and to him. Thank you so much for sharing this project.

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