If you are like me you have at least one magic color. I try to love all colors equally, but there is one shade that I look absolutely stunning in. (Incidentally, my roommate Rebecca looks equally fabulous in this color. We often match.)
Awhile ago I found a dress in the magic color on clearance at REI. Fortunately Rebecca wasn’t there. If we had both spotted it at the same time the resulting race for the rack may have resulted in injuries, property damage, and possibly several days of us not speaking to each other.
I loved the color of the dress but after awhile I realized that that I didn’t like the length. I have great legs and I wanted a dress that shows them off. Empowered by the fearlessness of the Refashionista, I measured it to a dress I liked the length of, added a little seam allowance, chopped the extra length off, and refinished the hem.
But this isn’t the end of the story.
The day after I performed this minor surgery I found a hat (at Whole Foods of all places) that matched my dress perfectly. I loved the hat as it was, but I had all these extra fabric scraps and it seemed like a shame to waste them. So I embarked on a mini millinery mission:
Sassy Scrappy Fabric Flower Tutorial
1. Cut a rectangular strip of fabric about 13 inches long and 3 inches tall. Cut a smaller scrap about 2 inches square. (Don’t sweat the dimensions too much, they don’t have to be perfect. Just know that the longer the rectangular strip is the fuller the resulting flower will be.)
Fold over and finish one long side and both short sides of the rectangle. (I saved time by using the original dress hem for one of these sides.)
2. Sew a running stitch along the unfinished edge of the rectangle then pull the thread tight to create a gather. Tie the thread off.
3. Roll up the half circle of fabric, pinching at the gathered edge to create the flower.
4. Sew the flower together by pushing the needle and thread through all the folds at the bottom of the flower. You will want to sew about ten stitches like this through the bottom of the flower to secure it. (Fortunately you don’t have to be super neat about sewing these stitches, they will be covered up at the end.)
5. Fold over the edges of the little square of fabric and stitch. Sew the square over the end of the flower, hiding the raw edges and stitching.
I sewed three flowers to the hat band to create one sassy summer hat.
P.S. This worked well with the heavy knit fabric the dress was made out of. If you have thin fabrics or woven fabrics you might want to consider this tutorial.
P.P.S. Just in case you were wondering, I also look fabulous in purple.
Hat? (I don’t know whether or not I should count this as a violation of the Destash Bash. I bought it without intending to craft with it, but it was in my house less than a week before it became a craft project. What do you think? Does it count as a “new” craft item?)