Repurposed Vintage Tea Towel or Tourism Scarf Sewing Projects

Monday, November 25, 2013

Vintage tourism scarves are frequently found in second hand stores. They can be worn as their intended purpose, or as an alternative option, can be cut and stitched into something completely different.

The following video tutorial by London based Tree of Stitchless TV Sewing Channel and website, takes a vintage tourism scarf, and refashions an otherwise plain cardigan with a pretty peplum.

Another sewing video tutorial by Tree shows us how to make a re-purposed Prada inspired, vintage scarf top:

The following tutorial put together by Tree, takes a vintage tourism scarf (although a vintage tea towel would work just as well), to make a re-usable fabric fortune cookie to fill with treats and a special message to your loved ones as a unique gift for Christmas, or any other time of the year.

You will need:
  • Vintage tea towel or vintage scarf
  • Freezer paper 
  • Iron
  • Pinking sheers
  • Ribbon
  • Sticker pads or Velcro
Step by step
  1. To make this project you first have to make your fabric to feel like paper, to do this we iron freezer paper (which has a waxed, plastic coating) onto the back of the fabric.
  2. Cut out a rectangle. Make a ribbon loop and stitch to the middle of the long top side stitching all along that edge.
  3. Fold the rectangle in half and stitch together along the right side and the bottom.
  4. Using pinking sheers cut the excess away.
  5. Now fold the opening at the top so it forms the fortune cracker shape.
  6. Add some form of removable sticker pads or Velcro along the opening.
Put your surprise inside and close.

The good thing about using the removable sticker pads or Velcro is that you can use this every year with new goodies inside.

You can follow Tree and her unique sewing tutorials online here. If you happen to reside in or near London, Tree also offers free sewing workshops at John Lewis Haberdashery Department in London's Oxford Street, check out her facebook page for upcoming class details.

Thank you so much Tree for your tutorial, and your creative inspiration!



Patti said...

Love that scarf-top!

Unknown said...

Nice read! I like the collections.

Unknown said...

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