I think I’ve left you hanging long enough. It’s finally time to let the cat out of the bag (so to speak), and fill you in on how my refashion is going.
By this time I was hoping to have had it completely finished, but it hasn’t exactly gone as I’ve expected.
Let me explain…
I started out with this incredibly large, wrap around skirt…
I mean look at this thing…
I’m guessing I could fit my whole family in there!
Because this skirt was so huge, I was able to get quite a bit of material from it.
The problem was, I didn’t know what to refashion it into.
I’m not a huge fan of wearing orange and green together, and the fabric was really scratchy and uncomfortable on the inside.
Since it sorta reminded me of retro carpet, I decided to refashion it into a rag rug. Quite fitting ‘eh?
To start, I removed the elastic and velcro from the skirt.
Then I cut a whole bunch of strips.
This part was quite easy since the material had evenly spaced stripes…
Cutting up the fabric took me several hours, mostly because I was also watching Dancing With the Stars with my daughter. It’s hard to see the tv and watch what you’re doing at the same time.
Because this part took me so long, I decided to leave the next step for the following night.
After getting a good night’s sleep, and getting through the day, I continued on with the refashion by braiding the strips together, 3 at a time…
Because the strips were so long, it was easy for the ends to get all tangled up, so I scrunched up each end into a ball like this…
This process was very time consuming, so it took me another whole night to finish braiding up all of those strips.
After all of the strips were braided, I ran each of the ends through the sewing machine to keep it from coming undone.
Once all of my braids were all sewn, I went to sleep… zzzzzzzz…
Then the following night, I decided to finish up the refashion by hand stitching the braids together into a rag rug.
I grabbed the first braid, and kind of folded and twisted it together, and then hand-stitched it in place…
Then I continued stitching and twisting and stitching and twisting… making sure to stitch very close together so there were no gaps or holes in my new rug…
As it started to get bigger, I was getting more and more excited about how it was turning out.
But then, it started acting up.
I realized that the more I stitched, the more it was starting to resemble a bowl (or hat) rather than the rug I was expecting.
So after hours (seriously), of hand stitching (and only 3 braids in), I decided to call it quits for a while and figure out how to best remedy this situation.
The following day my family went away for the weekend and I didn’t want to leave you guys in the dark any longer, so rather than wait until this refashion is finished, I decided to go ahead and show you my progress (or lack thereof).
I’m not sure if I would be better off unstitching to the point where it’s flat and then try again, or go for more of a rectangular shape.
What are your thoughts? How should I move forward with this refashion?🙂
P.S. I had a great day at Mel Trotter (my local thrift store), during their 49-cent day! I not only found 2 huge bags worth of awesome duds (for 49-cents each), I was also able to use a $10.00 coupon (They have punch cards!). So I got 2 garbage-bag sized bags of clothes for a total of $5.00! 30 items altogether! Some even name-brand! Sorry for the bragging, but I just couldn’t resist!
Also, I’ve been super jealous of all of my fellow refashionista bloggers out there and their adorable dress refashions. I hadn’t been able to find any 49-cent dresses in a long time, until today that is! So you can look forward to some dress refashions in the very near future! 🙂 I’m so excited!