Hi Everyone! In Part 2 we will be exploring the idea of zero-waste sewing with an ingenious project design sewn from just one rectangle. Shari is joining us to walk us through the complete sewing process to make the Thimbles and Acorns Envelope Shrug for 18-inch dolls. Follow along and make one for your dolls too!
Here's a bit of background from Shari:
Growing up, my family didn't have much money, so the art of making-do was simply a part of my being. My desire to dress in the latest styles like all the other girls was a big motivator for me to learn to sew. As I learned how garments were constructed, I found ways to remake garage sale clothing into more up-to-date styles. To fill out my wardrobe, I sewed new clothing from fabric gleaned from the clearance racks. I quickly learned that with a little ingenuity, I could rearrange pattern pieces in the fabric layout to save a little yardage or piece smaller pieces of fabric together to make a garment from fabric scraps.
My experience has taught me to waste little, which is probably why I find the art of zero waste sewing so fascinating. This week, I am going to demonstrate how to make a zero waste envelope shrug.
The design of this pattern is based on a 1950s sewing pattern that I came across last year that I adapted for dolls. This clever design is made with a single uncut rectangle of knit fabric with five ingeniously placed straight seams. The finished shrug can be fastened in the front to be worn as a blouse or left open to be worn as a light cardigan.
To get started, you'll need to download and print out your copy of the Envelope Shrug pattern. Note: It was offered as a Freebie Friday pattern on August 7, 2020. We'd suggest you check your order history to download the pattern again if you aren't sure if you have this pattern.
Then look over the supply list and instructions and follow along in the video to make the shrug.
Isn't this an interesting project? We'd love to see what you've made. Be sure to share your pictures with us in the SWC Facebook group or directly on the Pixie Faire Inspiration Gallery!
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