Today, I decided to do some repurposing. Periodically, I go through my husband’s shirts and pull out the ones that look a bit worn. If they are still in pretty good shape, I donate them, but if they aren’t they go in my fabric pile. Here is where I started …
To save myself from pulling out the iron, I decided to cut off the edge of the sleeve, since it already had a nice fold. I also cut a second strip about the same width, but not doubled. The strips are about an inch and a half or so wide.
I cut the strips to about 10 inches in length and used my sewing machine to run a basting stitch down one of the long edges of each strip (about a ¼ of an inch in). If you don’t have a sewing machine, a running stitch sewn by hand works just as well. In the photo below, I included a piece of muslin with a basting stitch running down it, since it is hard to see what I did on the patterned fabric. I gathered the fabric so it was about ½ of its original length.
After the fabric was gathered, I tied off the thread at each end, so my gathering wouldn’t fall out. Then I sewed the two short ends of each strip together, to form a circle.
I frayed the edge of the piece that was just a single thickness before sewing the ends together.
To finish off the flowers, I gathered some buttons, heavy thread (I used a Karen Foster’s Scrapper’s Spools which is actually a paper thread, very cool!), and a few die cut shapes. I needed the die cut shapes to give me something to sew my button to. I used a cardstock scalloped shape on the back (to add stability to my flower) and a few scalloped circles cut from old dress patterns on the front side. I then created a sandwich with the button on top, followed by the pattern tissue, then the fabric flower and finally the cardstock scalloped circle. I sewed this together as if I was sewing a button on a shirt, using the scrapper’s spool.
I plan to add these to a scrapbook page very soon! Don’t forget to post a comment on yesterday’s post to be entered to win a copy of Creating Keepsakes special issue, Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions!