I bought a dress at a thrift store in the spring and I have never worn it. It was super cute and summery; sleeveless with sweet little ruffles on the front. It is sooooo NOT me.
In fact, it actually started mocking me every time I opened my closet….
Really? Planning on going to a polo match soon….?
Meeting the Queen, are we…?
Have you even been going to church? …’Cuz you said that you were going to wear me…
Carol at The Answer Is Chocolate did a really cute Halloween wreath. She made it out of an old dress. She totally inspired me!
I took that mouthy dress, cut it into strips and did this:
Yep. I took one of those uber cheesy Trick-or-Treat pumpkins (that must mate and have pumpkin babies while in storage, because each year there are more and more of them…) and I made it into a decorative pumpkin.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Cut the fabric (or offending garment) into strips. Mine were about 2″ wide by 18″ long.
2. Take a piece of a dry foam block and hot glue it to the bottom of the pumpkin. Wedge a skewer into the foam and hot glue that too.
3. Hot glue one end of a strip to the bottom of the pumpkin. Bring it up, wrap it around the skewer and bring it down the other side. Secure that end to the bottom of the pumpkin with a dab of hot glue as well.
4. Repeat the process until the pumpkin is covered. Wrap the top of the skewer with more fabric. I chose strips of plain white muslin that I had, in order to give it a little mass.
Once that was done, I carefully snapped the top of the skewer so it would sit at an angle. I took orange ribbon, re-wrapped the stem and tied a bow.
Definitely not the best project I’ve ever done, but it is certainly better than that plastic pumpkin.
(And it shut that damn dress up.)
Here are a few more examples of pumpkins that were saved by killing bad garments. Deneen from Dreaming In Color
whacked a pair of satin disco pants and made some cool Metallic Pumpkins,
and a few weeks ago I cannibalized and old shirt to make my Plaid Flannel Pumpkin.
Check the bottom of the blog to see where I link this project.
Oh! And over the weekend we had our SoCal Social blogger’s event. Stay tuned for a wrap up and a giveaway or two!
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