Homestyle Millinery

My good friend, Dymoon, gave me a huge bag of reclaimed material for crafts.  I was going through it one day and discovered a large piece of woollen houndstooth check and had an inspiration.  I started out only to sew an infinity scarf, but soon the project grew into a scarf, hat and clutch purse.  Here are the results.  I have worn the hat and scarf, but I am anticipating using the purse soon also.  The hat is quite warm as I stiffened the crown with a thick felted material.  It is the first time I have made this kind of hat and my very first purse, so I am happy with the results.


The hat consists of a large circle (slightly larger than a dinner plate) gathered into a band (my head size).  As I mentioned I stiffened the crown with a inner lining of felt.  Then I added a bow to the hat band.



To make the purse I cut out a long rectangle of material, interlined  it with more felt, made a cotton lining and turned the cotton lining right side out so that the seams were inside.  Then I folded one end up part way and the other end down to partially cover it.  It made an envelope.  I finished off the raw ends of the purse flap by turning it inward slightly and blind stitching it.  I then sewed on velcro for a closing and added a bow.  I made a smaller envelope out of the houndstooth material to hold makeup etc. inside the purse.


I enjoyed the process of designing and constructing the three items.  I hope my description is clear.


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