3-7 phat quarters (or a bunch of scraps)
1/4 yd muslin
Tie template (or draw your own, it wasn't that bad)
a chop stick or pencil
Frixion Marking Pen (still love this thing!)
Optional: Pinking Shears or Serger
I wanted my scraps to all be in the same color scheme but you can use any MAN-ly scraps you have. Take your template and place it on the WRONG side of your material. Using your Frixion marking pen (or other fabric marker) trace around your template. Repeat this until you have your desired number of ties. I ended up having enough scraps for 15 ties. If you are not using an actual fat quarter and your template does not fit on our fabric, simply mark where your fabric ended on the template and then trace that remaining portion, plus 1/4 inch (for seam allowance), on another section of the same material. HINT: mark your pieces, it will save you later. After you cut the tie out; pin the right sides of your two pieces together, stitch them, and then press the seam.
Then I placed the RIGHT side of the cut ties onto the muslin. You should now have a sheet of muslin with a bunch of ties adhered to up with the WRONG sides facing you. I cut my muslin into three sections so that they would be easier to handle when I took them over to the sewing machine. Next I stitched around each tie leaving the square edges of the tie UN-stitched so that I could turn the ties.
Once all your ties are stitched you are ready to cut them out. I used my pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying over time, but I think it might be over kill, so don't worry if you do not have pinking shears, just cut them out. (If you want to use a serger to finish your edges, I would suggest that you add a 1/8 inch to all sides at the template stage to makeup for the size of a serge stitch - if that all sounds like French to you ignore it! Unless you understand French, then think of it as Spanish or German,...Chinese, confused yet? Yeah - moving along.)
Poke a chop-stick or un-sharpened pencil into the pocket...
Push the material down over the the chop-stick...
Soon you will begin to see the right side of the material, keep pulling the fabric down...
Until all of your material is turned and the chop-stick falls out.
Once you have turned out all of your ties you need to press them.