Made By Mrs M

Painted Headscarf Tutorial

Craft, Sewing, Textiles, Tutorialsmadebymrsm
IMG_1454
IMG_1454

Have lots of random little strips of fabric? Stitching up a headscarf with them is super easy - this one is tarted up a little with some painting.

To make the painted headscarf you will need...

DSC_3610
DSC_3610

Piece of fabric measuring 104cm x 11cm - I chose a nice bright pink solid fabric which bleached really well - you might want to experiment with your fabrics first to see what works best.

Household bleach

Either a very old or a very cheap paintbrush and a ceramic pot (not used for food)

Masking tape

Rubber gloves

Pins

Scissors

Needle and thread

Sewing machine (optional - you could hand stitch the whole thing) and iron.

WARNING: DO TAKE CARE WITH THE BLEACH - DON'T SET THIS UP ON ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TO BLEACH/ISN'T THEN WIPE CLEAN - MAKE SURE THE ROOM YOU PAINT IN IS WELL VENTILATED, AND I PERSONALLY WOULDN'T DO THIS ONE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN.

Press your piece of fabric and masking tape the centre section to your table.

DSC_3613
DSC_3613

Put your gloves on and pour a very small amount of the bleach into your pot, then start painting freehand diagonal stripes across the fabric - you'll see it bleaching in front of your eyes...

IMG_1373
IMG_1373
DSC_3622
DSC_3622

I just painted the centre section and then ran across the other way to form a check pattern (and yes, I know I'm not wearing gloves here, but you really should!)

IMG_1378
IMG_1378
DSC_3626
DSC_3626

Leave the bleach to take properly - this just took a few minutes...

DSC_3635
DSC_3635

Then remove from the table and rinse through thoroughly to remove all traces of bleach from the fabric. Hang up to dry, clean the table, the brush and pot to remove all of the bleach.

DSC_3645
DSC_3645

Once the fabric has dried, press it again, fold gently in half lengthways (don't press in this position) and pin, leaving a gap at each end.

IMG_1415
IMG_1415

Before cutting off the corners at each end.

IMG_1417
IMG_1417
IMG_1420
IMG_1420

Start stitching from one end until you're close to the centre, then stop, leave a decent sized gap (to pull the fabric through) before continuing to the other end.

IMG_1421
IMG_1421
IMG_1425
IMG_1425
IMG_1427
IMG_1427

Turn the right way - I used a crochet hook to push the ends through.

IMG_1429
IMG_1429

Now press flat with the seam in the centre, at the back.

IMG_1434
IMG_1434

Flip over and slip stitch the opening closed.

IMG_1437
IMG_1437

And you've finished! It's nice and versatile (so not necessarily just for wearing on your head!).

IMG_1441
IMG_1441

I think this would also work nicely with a patterned fabric (if you can find one which bleaches well) or with a combination of bleached sections and sections painted over the top with fabric paint. Have fun!

IMG_1449
IMG_1449
IMG_1451
IMG_1451

Stay in touch! Join the mailing list. 

[contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][/contact-form]