Anyone who has ever created a crafty project has a few groovy bits n’ bobs stashed away for future DIYs. As refashionistas, upcyclers and DIY divas can see the creative potential in just about anything our maker stashes tend make us borderline hoarders, akk!
Vintage hankies and doilies are my downfall and while thrifting I always have to make a conscious effort NOT to fill my basket with those fabulous bits of history and instead try to think of new projects to get through my overgrown stash.
I’m slowly but surely making my way though my vintage hankie pile and thought my latest handkerchief project would be perfect for my Refashioning 101: Stashbusting! Raid your own stash and let’s get making!
I started with a stained white blouse, two white lace-edged vintage hankies and a box of black fabric dye.
The dye most certainly covered the stains on the blouse however as the fabric weight and cotton content were different the colour results were slightly darker on the hankies. I’m not at all bothered by the colour difference but another bath in black dye would surely result in a darker colour match.
I then chopped of the ends of the blouse sleeves.
Grabbed a hankie and folded it in half to make a trianglular shape.
Then folded it in half again.
Grabbed the blouse, folded one of the sleeves in half and placed it on top of the folded hankie with the edges lined up.
And used it as guide to chop off the pointed end of the hankie…
and created the perfect sized hole to fit the end of the sleeve!
And then used the chopped hankie as a guide to cut the same sized hole in the other hankie.
I popped the sleeve through the hole in the hankie with right sides facing.
Stitched them together.
Zigzagged over the outside seam for extra strength and then repeated the process with the other sleeve.
And my fancy new sleeves were complete!
Take a peek at my groovy DIY patchwork vintage hankie circle scarf:
My no sew scrappy fringe pins:
My fancy scrapbusted wall hanging:
And if you’re curious about this quirky refashionista take a look at my Bday Q&A video and take a tour of my very own stash: