Tuesday, 12 January 2010

New life for spare scarf

"Here she goes again!" I hear you shout.
Well, I am keeping up my "20 minutes of sewing a day" along with an increasing group on a popular blog - Marmaladerose
I thought it might be tricky to sew creatively every day, but so far I have not found it a problem. Maybe the snow, and keeping cosy in my little sewing room, has something to do with it.

Yesterday I surfed the net looking for ideas. Of course there are lots of fab blogs out there with folk making amazing stuff. I tend to get carried away, following link after link and delving into the most wonderful work by crafty folk all over the world!
So, when I chose my project for the afternoon, my head was full of all the lovely stuff I had been looking at.

I decided that I would upcycle a scarf and see if I could make a quick and easy bag with it.

Obviously I could have made just a plain bag but my embellishing machine was calling to me, so I was tempted to decorate the flap of the bag.
Past experience has taught me to do the tricky bits first, so I set to and embellished one end of my scarf.
The rest was simple.
I folded my scarf in half - right sides together - then
stitched down both sides and turned it right side out.

I folded the purse section up (roughly one third over the middle third leaving the flap as the last third) and pinned it ready to top stitch the seams through all thicknesses.

I had some toning fabric from which I cut a strap.
Just a little more embellishing with matching yarns teamed the strap to the bag flap.

I folded the strap in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitched down the long side and across the one end. Then turned it rightside out and attached it to the sides of the bag.

Here is the result of my afternoon - more than 20 minutes I know - but who cares?

I suppose I could have added inside pockets, fasteners or other embellishments but for a first attempt at a scarf upcycle I was pleased with the result.

Now I shall be on the look out for scarves on my charity shop visits!


Wipso said...

That is sooooo pretty Twiglet. You make it all looks so easy. It's having the know how and you have certainly got that.
A x

Jasmine said...

This is really lovely. i'm guessing it took longer than 20 minutes :)

Felted House said...

This is great, can't quite believe it's just from a scarf, but the embellishing makes all the difference! xx

marigold jam said...

Hello - I've come over from Marmalade Rose to see what you are doing and love what I find. That embellished bag is stunning - I am inspired to go and do something similar myself - which is really what this 20 minute thingy is all about isn't it?!

I'll be back soon.


Julia Dunnit said...

Oh how fab. I'm with Wipso - you make it seem very easy.

MarmaladeRose said...

Well done with your 20 minutes today. I love the word 'upcycle' and that certainly is what you've done with that scarf. You're off to a great start.

Forgive me if I don't check in with you every day as I now have 19 bloggers joining in. If I check everyone every day I won't be able to find time for my 20 minutes. Lol.
Anyway there is enough of us now to all encourage each other.

Keep posting your work though.

Love Fi x

Mrs Home Sweet Home said...

Beautiful, i love it :)

Joanne said...

Hi found you over on Marmalade Rose's crafting 20mins list.
What a fantastic job you have done today, turning a plain scarf into a beautiful bag.
Well done

Joanne x

Terra said...

This purse is dreamy; you are a very creative lady.

Annie said...

omigoodness. I just discovered you from the 20 minuter list. I just browsed through the last several posts. Twiglet, do you do this all the time? I've never seen anything like it. I'm stunned. This scarf (ummm, bag) is amazing.

Gerry said...

Just came from Marmalade Rose in an attempt to visit all the other participants in 20 minutes a day.
Love your Bag.
This Challenge is inspiring us to do more - daily.
Guess I'd better do my 20 minutes.

Twiglet said...

Thanks lots for the great comments. I am looking forward to checking out all the other 20 minuters to see what they have been up to!

Paula Gale said...

Wow - what a lovely bag and soooo clever. I really love it.

Paula xx