This week Elise sent me an excellent question on historical projects that can be made with little fabric.
The 1/2 to 2 yard pieces left over from other projects or the beautiful fabric you had to buy (and did so before you knew how much a period costume would actually use). To Elise, myself and many others it can be frustrating to have to make yet another trip to the fabric store before a new historical costume can even be started.
So what’s possible with small bits hanging around? Here’s some possibilities for you.
- Cover hats & bonnets
- Make self-fabric trim to go onto other garments (like pleats and puffs or small ruffles)
- Cut contrast bias piping
- Cover buttons
- Apply vest insets on bodices
- Sew contrasting collars & cuffs
- Create reticules and other small handbags
- Make parasol covers
- Get creative with millinery & garment flowers from fabric pieces
- Make mockups
- Sew quick poke bags for holding your historical undergarments for storage & travel
- Embroider sections for applique onto other accessories
- Cover Styrofoam balls or heads for decorative hat stands
- Make a Victorian crazy quilt or pillow forms
- Create fast placemats for a tea party
- Save larger pieces for bodice and/or sleeve linings
- Cover shoes to match or contrast an outfit
So many ideas!
It can be challenging to find the right project for the small yardages in the stash. Have fun using yours!
Any other thoughts as what you’d do with yardage under two yards that’s costume related?