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...
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.
Either a very old or a very cheap paintbrush and a ceramic pot (not used for food)
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.
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...
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!)
Leave the bleach to take properly - this just took a few minutes...
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.
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.
Before cutting off the corners at each end.
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.
Turn the right way - I used a crochet hook to push the ends through.
Now press flat with the seam in the centre, at the back.
Flip over and slip stitch the opening closed.
And you've finished! It's nice and versatile (so not necessarily just for wearing on your head!).
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!
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