Neck Ties

For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@heritage.threads), you know that I have majorly fallen down a rabbit hole. This rabbit hole is making neck ties for my 2 sons and my husband. My wonderful husband wears a tie to work every day. Probably a year ago he asked if we could work on drafting a tie pattern for our own use from one of his old ties. I said absolutely and then promptly forgot, as I do.

This year I finally decided to make it easier for myself and purchase Dana’s Everyday Necktie Pattern.She has an awesome YouTube video that goes along with her pattern and it is pretty much fool proof. If I can do it over and over and over, I promise you can do it as well.

I have learned that I can fit a men’s tie, a tween tie, and a boy’s tie all on 3/4 of a yard of fabric (one 3/4 yard piece for the front and one 3/4 yard piece for the lining). There is still weird waste, but it doesn’t feel as wasteful as 1 tie.

I made ties for Easter for some neighbors and then just couldn’t stop and made more and more and more ties for my boys……. I have 2 more planned and then I *might* stop….. maybe…… I thought it would be fun to document the ties I’ve made and I will continue to update this post as I make more. 🙂

Espadrille Shoe Kits

Each year I set a goal for myself to try something fabric related that is new to me. Sometimes the things I try I end up hating. Sometimes they are a total flop. Other times, I do something that turns out to be so fun and liberating and enjoyable that I want to keep making it over and over again. This is the case with these fun espadrille shoes. I bought a kit from Melissa at A Happy Stitch. I cannot believe the attention to detail she puts in to each kit. It was really like opening up a present to myself. The instructions are easy to follow and everything is included to make these adorable shoes. I started off with a wedge kit and have since purchased a kit to make myself some flats for the summer. I get compliments every time I wear my wedges to church and it never gets old to be able to say, “Thank you. I made them!” If you’re looking for something to ignite the creative spark, I cannot recommend these shoes enough.