Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

March 28, 2016Sheri Pavlović

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.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

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!

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Refashioning 101 Stashbusting

I started with a stained white blouse, two white lace-edged vintage hankies and a box of black fabric dye.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

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.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

I then chopped of the ends of the blouse sleeves.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

Grabbed a hankie and folded it in half to make a trianglular shape.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

Then folded it in half again.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

Grabbed the blouse, folded one of the sleeves in half and placed it on top of the folded hankie with the edges lined up.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

And used it as guide to chop off the pointed end of the hankie…

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

and created the perfect sized hole to fit the end of the sleeve!

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

And then used the chopped hankie as a guide to cut the same sized hole in the other hankie.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

I popped the sleeve through the hole in the hankie with right sides facing.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

Stitched them together.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

Zigzagged over the outside seam for extra strength and then repeated the process with the other sleeve.

Refashioning 101: Stashbusting

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:

Check out my entire Refashioning 101 series right here.

For more funky DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your Passion for Refashion!

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