Hey everyone! Occasionally I like to challenge myself. Ever do that? I used to sew all the time in high school and made almost every shirt I owned back then, and several for friends, but after that I stopped sewing. Since Tim Holtz came out with Eclectic Elements Fabric, I've wanted to take it back up again, but time is always a factor. Recently, I had a day to do nothing but play, so I decided to challenge myself to not only sew, but to stitch something very difficult, A HAT!!! A challenge it certainly was, and it's far from perfect...so far...but I LOVE it, and am proud of myself for trying! I urge you as well, to try something new and challenging...it's very rewarding intrinsically.
|This was so much fun to make in an afternoon! I will proudly were it every year on Patriotic occasions!|
|All I used was the fabric, scissors (Tim's new longer sheers.), crinoline to add stiffness between layers, a die, an iron, and the sewing machine. No glue, pattern, or measuring tape were involved. I just used my head to measure fabric.|
|I die cut the stars with Tim's Sizzix Stacked Stars Bigz Die, and sewed them on to the blue striped fabric.|
|I stitched the white newsprint and red striped fabric strips together, with crinoline on the back, before adding the blue letter block fabric to the back.|
|The top was a little hard to sew on the machine, and it's uneven, but it works. The crinoline really helps everything stand up well.|
|Here is where the trouble started...the brim. I wanted it to be really shaped and stiff, so I used a piece of chipboard between the layers of fabric.|
|I planned to not have any seams showing on the inside, but it didn't turn out that way. Oh well, I love it anyway!|
|And guess who stole it from me? The little one! He loved it, in fact, all the kids did! It turned out to be a big hit!|
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!