Quick Sew Headband – My picture!

In my little post about A Quick Sew Headband it was pointed out that I did not post any pictures of the finished product.  So I had my sweet handyman take one.

This is with my new wrap apron to keep my clothes paint free too and my quick sew headband.  I was doing the whole “inside out” thing with my serger.  I loved my little headband and I’m sure it will be useful with so many projects, like gardening 🙂  What do you think of the final outcome?

Quick Sew Headband

 

Renew a Favourite Shirt

We have heard about recycling, reducing waste and re-purposing items; and one way of helping is to renew your old clothing.  Back in the day it used to be called “mending”.  

My mom taught me this little trick for prolonging wear time out of an older shirt.  Cut off the sleeves and turn the collars.  Mysweet Handy Man loves his old shirts, ones that really have seen better days; but I thought perhaps I can try this out and save his favourite shirts.

Back or Under Collar

 

As you can see, the top of the collar is pretty worn and frayed while the bottom looks new.

The first thing to do is to carefully remove the stitches.  I used a small ripper.  Slip it between the collar and the band and gently start to pick or slice the stitching.   I only opened the seam as much as I had to, to remove the collar.

Once the collar is completely separate, iron it to straighten the seam area.  Fold the band and pin the center to mark it.  Do the same with the collar.

Mark the Middle

Using the pins as markers, pin the collar back into the band making sure you turn it around so the bottom is now the top of the collar.  Stitch closed with a narrow seam.  Give it one more ironing to fold in the right direction.

Now the shirt looks new again, as long as no one peeks underneath 🙂

Do you renew your clothing?  What have you done to reduce clothing waste?

Quick Sew Headband

When I get involved in creating, I don’t worry about where paint is going.  The fact is, I should!  My clothes, my hair, my face, pretty much everywhere.  As an artist, or painter, can you relate?  While this isn’t too bad for watercolor: acrylics and oils are something that you don’t want to get covered in.

Paint on fingers and glasses

Here is a sweet headband that looks amazing and is a practical tool.   It’s perfect for long or short hair.  It holds your hair back or ties it up so it doesn’t get in your face, and it will protect your hair from any stray paint that is flying around.  It looks pretty cute too!

Material and Tools

For a Rosie The Riveter headband you will need 2 long strips of material 7 cms (3″) wide and long enough to wrap around your head with an additional 7 cms (3″) on either side to tie the bow with later.

You can make this two different ways.  One with fibrefill for a chic and lux look or, for something more sleek and lightweight, skip the fill;  This tutorial will include the fibrefill so just leave it out if you don’t want it.

Tools:

Fabric scissors, thread, a knitting needle, an iron, pins and a sewing machine. If you haven’t got a trustworthy sewing machine, then look at something like this review here to help you decide on what to purchase.  A good sewing machine is invaluable.  You can take hours off projects like this if you use a machine rather than hand stitching all your crafts.

Step One:

Place the two long strips back to back with the patterned side facing each other (right sides together). Then sew a 1/4″ seam around the sides and at one end leaving one end open.

Step Two:

Turn the fabric inside out, so the pattern is showing.  Press the fabric.  Cut a piece of batting  a few millimeters (1/4″) smaller than the width of the band.

Step Three:

Using a long knitting needle, push the batting into the headband, making sure it reaches to the bottom seam and lies flat. Iron again to make sure all fabric is flat and straight.

Step Four:

Tuck remaining edges under by 1/4″ and sew shut with your trusty machine.

With your headband on, it should both keep your hair out of your face and protect your hair from any stray paint while you are being creative. Also because of the batting when you tie a knot in the headband, the ends with stick out and look like a decorative bow.

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Updating My Overhead Fan

I was looking at my overhead fan the other day, it was in need of serious dusting.Old fashioned Dust Bunnies

The one in the master bedroom had to be replace last year.  Oh my goodness, what a song and dance that was.  All those wires in a “itty bitty living space” to quote Genie from Aladdin.  I wanted to replace this with a newer modern The Beforeone as well.  This particular fan is located over the stairs leading to the basement so struggling to tuck all those wires, unless absolutely necessary, was just not going to happen.

As I said, I was contemplating the dust and dragged out the ladder to have a closer look.  The fan casing is gold and the paddles are a brown, with a cream woven part in the center.  Very old style.  However the casing and the part that held the paddles were in good shape.  There did not appear to be scratches or flaking on it.  The only thing that looked really dated were the paddles.

Why not paint them?  I have some of our high gloss white left from the trim and thought this would be perfect.  We were a little nervous of upsetting the balance of the whole thing so I did one at a time, which took longer but in the end it looks greatLove the white Brushes I tried

I gave each one two coats, top and bottom.  Even though these were older, the paddles were still smooth and shiny and need to be gently sanded and wiped clean.  I tried using different paint brushes but in the end a small roller was the very best and left a great finish.  I’m loving the new look.Finished

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My mother taught me to sew back when I was just a nipper.  She had been sewing as a seamstress since she was thirteen.  She made clothing, curtains and just about everything in between.  She had an old Bernia that I learned to sew on and when I had the chance, I bought one very similar.  I love that old machine!  When she got a serger, I learned on that too and when mom moved a step up, I got her old one.

Sewing was a part of my life.  I made clothes for myself, my husband and our children.  At one time I even thought I would sew for a job.  That did not work out!  It was the “can I have this wedding dress by the weekend” on Thursday night call that did me in.

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