As you probably know by now I like pretty much anything with birds on it.
The neckline on this tee is lower than I feel comfortable wearing but I knew I would be able to use the fabric/bird print for something creative. At 50¢ what did I have to lose?
I decided that the row of songbirds would look nice on a bolster. In my sewing room is quite a collection of pillow forms in all sizes and shapes. I’ve picked them up while thrifting. I don’t have records but I doubt I paid more than a dollar for any of them.
To get started I cut the shirt apart at the seams. I removed the neck-band so I could have as much fabric as possible above the bird graphic
I folded my rectangle right sides together and sewed a seam along the edge.
In my seam I left little gaps so I would have a place to thread the drawstring through the casing.
Then I turned the bolster cover right side out. I looked around the sewing room for something to tie the ends of my bolster. I decided on shoelaces. Ribbon, elastic or seam binding would also have worked.
This little gadget is a bodkin. It’s helpful when threading cords or elastic through casings. I purchased this years ago when I worked at a fabric store. We were encouraged to try out all the merchandise so we could be good salesmen. I think it’s a neat little tool but in most cases a safety-pin would work just as well. Since I was using shoelaces and they have hard tips I really didn’t need anything to help get the lace thought the casing but it was faster with the bodkin because its easier to hold onto than the tip if the shoelace.
Do you have a favorite sewing gadget?
Have you upcycled any thrifted garments lately?
If so tell me about it in the comments.