Showing posts with label eco hen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eco hen. Show all posts

Friday, 29 August 2014

Upcycled Hen!

Hen Parties are known for their shiny fabrics and garish accessories all bought for a bargain price at the local fancy dress shop and quickly disposed of throughout the course of the evening/weekend.
I was asked to do something a little different and make some bits and pieces for a hen party that wasn't quite so plastic.
We had a little chat about what she wanted and I set about stitching.  It was really fun to make something different to the things I usually make with a personal touch that made it unique.  It set me thinking about how very commercialized hen parties and weddings can become (and so very expensive!) and yet some upcycled fabric and a bit of time can create something truly unique and special!

So here is what I made . . .

Some cute little hand warmers for all of the hens.
These are really simple to make and don't take long at all so if you think you fancy having a go pop across to this post on how to get started!

 Then I got started on the sash for the bride to be.
Using a simple cream fabric I cut out the fabric for the sash before cutting out the letters in a fun autumnal fabric.
Then it is the slow task (but oh so satisfying) of applique.  This does take a little while but it looks so much better than simply sticking fabric on and removes the risk of all that fraying!
Here is a little bit more on applique!
Then I just neatly sewed the sash together and pressed it out to give a neat line on each side.
I used a safety pin with a rag effect to secure the sash and there you have it - upcycled and made with love!

What do you think?  Upcycled hen parties are the way forwards?!? I certainly think so!  Environmental impact is minimum, there is less tack around and it is filled with fun preparation sewing!  What could go wrong!
If you are getting started on making yours then get in touch and we can share tips!  I'm certainly hoping I get asked to make some more of these!