LESSON NO. 12 - MEN'S TIE BAG
                                                                     by Ellen Mason  - JOY Designs
                                                                                October - 2004

In this lesson, you will learn to join two pieces together using an edge joining foot and a joining stitch.   Also, there
are measurements for either a tote bag or a hand bag.  The instructions are for lining the bag.  If you want a soft
bag, omit lining the bag.  Remember, you are the designer ---- so have fun.


7 - clean men's ties - do not take apart or remove lining
(Optional) Iron on interfacing
2/3 yds lining fabric: For a sturdy bag, use poplin or trigger.  
        For a lighter weight, use a cotton solid color
        Or a print that works well with the ties.
Matching regular sewing thread and a filled bobbin
Embroidery thread - color your choice
Bobbin thread
Purchased bag handles
Edge joining foot  if unavailable, use a clear foot
Sewing machine with built in decorative stitches
Basic sewing items

Finished Tote Bag measurements: 15" wide, 12" depth; handbag 12" wide, 12" depth.


1.  Lining: cut one piece 16" X 30"
2. Inside pocket (Optional): cut one piece 11" X 10"
3. Handle tabs:   cut 2 ½  X 16" - cut into 4" pieces (makes 4 tabs)
4. Binding: cut 3" X 44" - does not need to be on bias
5. Set up machine with regular sewing thread and bobbin for straight stitching
6. On pocket - turn under and hem one inch on the 11" length.
7. Place pocket on lining:   measure one inch down from top end.
8. Turn under the other 3 edges and stitch to lining.
9. Fold lining in half, right sides together and stitch side edges together using ½ inch seam.
10. Fold up bottom ends and stitch across - it should measure 4 inches across bottom.  Cut off excess.
11. Lay aside until needed.
12 Change thread to embroidery thread and insert an embroidery bobbin.  Attach an Edge Joining foot - if you have it.
13. Place ties on a flat surface.   Arrange them in the order you wish, but in opposite directions.     They should be butted
against each other.
14. Test stitch the decorative stitch you wish to use to join the ties.   The needle should swing from one side to the other.  
Your machine may have a joining stitch built in.
15. Take tie No. 1 and place it underneath one side of the pressure foot with the needle against the edge.  Place tie No. 2  
next to No.1.   Remember these must be in opposite direction.  In other words, a narrow part next to a wide part.  See
picture of tote bag.
Stitch the ties together letting the center stitching go between the ties.
16. Add tie No. 3 in opposite direction of No. 2 and stitch.
17. Continue stitching until all ties are stitched together.
18. Lay the stitched ties on a table and measure across and the length.
19. Cut the tie fabric 16" X 30"  same as lining.
20. Fold right side together and stitch the sides.   Stitch across the bottom corners and cut off excess.  Turn seams to inside.
21. Insert lining into bag.  Make sure that the two wrong sides are together and the pocket is on the outside of the lining.
22. Smooth out pieces together matching the bottom.
23. Pin around top matching the side seams.
24. Pin binding to the inside and stitch around top.
25. Fold binding over the top edges, pin in place, fold binding edge under and stitch.
26. Make tabs: fold lengthwise.  Turn edges to inside and stitch.   Width of tabs should be ½ inches - length 4 inches.
27. Insert a tab thru handle buckle end and bring tab ends together.
28 Place on the inside top of bag -- 4 inches from side seam  and stitch across 3 - 4 times.
29. Repeat for all 4 tabs.

FOR HANDBAG: Reduce the lining and tie measurements to 14" X 26".  Adjust measurement for pocket accordingly.  You
can add another pocket on the opposite side of the lining.  Construct the handbag the same method as for tote bag.

To make your bag really, really special, add some decorative lace, or add a bead edging/feather edging that is so popular
today.  Also, you can remove lining from the small end of a tie and make additional tabs for a fold over and button.   
Unlimited possibilities!