Turning A Sewing Failure Into Something New
Hey Everyone! You've heard the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," right? Well, today I did just that with a sewing project. Several months ago I started a skirt, realized I needed more fabric, inserted extra fabric and then couldn't finish the waistband because my little pink sewing machine broke. I finally got a brand new, full-size sewing machine for my birthday and a couple days ago I successfully sewed the waistand onto my skirt. I was so excited! That is until I tried on the skirt. Woops! I looked like a giant green and daisy pink balloon in it!! I had waaay too much fabric sewn into this garment. I kid you not. I decided that the skirt could not be worn. But, what to do
with all of that lovely material? Being fairly new to sewing I expect to make mistakes. And that skirt was a big one. But, I really do love the fabric and so I decided to turn that skirt mistake into a pretty apron!
I basically cut the skirt in half making sure to sew over the elastic waist to secure the gathers in place. I hemmed up the sides where I cut the fabric in half and then added ties from leftover pieces of fabric from another sewing project. The ties are contrasting fabric to the daisy print but I feel that the pattern mixing works well together. I've been wanting an apron to wear in the kitchen and now I have one! See, mistakes can be turned around into something wonderful!
I also worked on another sewing project that created a beautiful keepsake. The purple fabric on the pillow you see in the above picture came from a nightgown that belonged to my Mother. It will be 24 years this coming May since my Mom went to be with the Lord. And for those 24 years I have kept some of her nightgowns packed away in a box. I didn't want to part with them. I kept thinking, though, that I would like to find a creative way to use some of the nightgown fabric. So, I came up with the idea of cutting the fabric of one of her gowns to create a pillow using the lace on the gown as the edging.
I'm so pleased with how the pillow turned out and think it looks pretty in the Longaberger basket with a couple other pillows I have made. And, of course, when I look at or hold the purple pillow I think of my Mom!
What projects have you been working on? Do take a moment to let me know! I love hearing from you!
Until Next Time,
Your mistake made a pretty little apron but I am totally in love with the memento nightgown pillow! Very creative - you know I love pillows and this one touches my heart.
Thank you, Carol. That pillow touches my heart, too. It's nice to have it now to hold onto.
Many times, I have been impressed with how you re-purpose items or use one item in multiple ways. However, this time I am in awe over how you made this cute apron from a sewing mistake and the lovely pillow from your mom's nightgown. I think this is the mark of true creativity.
Awww, thank you so much, Sharon. You are so sweet!!
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