Pinterest Win: Checkered Turban

We’ve all seen the Pinterest Fails. Some of them are spectacular fails, not just ordinary “well, that didn’t quite work” fails. And yet we all continue to search for and follow Pinterest tutorials, despite the fact that they may or may not work. The reason is because sometimes Pinterest tutorials are good and lead to good results. This is one of those times.

The tutorial is for “A Smart Dusting Cap” in the 1930s style. I had a very small amount of some checkered shirting I bought several years ago for a top that seemed like a good option for this project.

I pieced the fabric to within an inch of its life, but in the end the piece wasn’t quite long enough to tie securely.

This was my first try-on, and I had a few changes to make to fit my head better. I opened the slit on the long side up an additional 3 inches, and gathered the front section in by another inch. Then I cut out a piece of lightweight black linen, hemmed all the edges, and whip-stitched it onto the main piece.

This is the last of my checkered shirting. I have used it for quite a few projects over the last few years:

  • The original shirt I bought the fabric for
  • Embroidery for my 2019 word of the year
  • A furoshiki-style lunch wrap
  • 2 face masks (fashion fabric for one and lining for the other)
  • This turban

With this, all my scraps of this lovely shirting have been used up. I have really enjoyed working with this fabric, and it has helped me realize how much I love working with stripes and checks and making the fabric align in a way that can appear seamless (especially when piecing).

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Dramatic Lyric

I am a musician and a life-long crafter. I love to read and write, and my favourite book is Jane Eyre.

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