Published on March 10th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe7
Fab Fabrics: Vintage Sari
We posted a few weeks ago about vintage Kimono fabric, and it got me thinking about other vintage fabrics that you could repurpose for crafty use. A couple of folks on Twitter mentioned vintage sari fabric, which seemed like a perfect follow up!
Sari is a traditional Indian garment, and it’s really flexible! It’s essentially a large piece of fabric – usually from five to 10 yards long and three to four feet wide. There are hundreds of ways to wrap a sari, making it extremely versatile. Usually made of silk, you can also find cotton sari if you hunt a little bit. The fabric is just gorgeous – intricate prints in bold colors and metallic shades. Sari fabric is just as versatile for craft projects as it is as a garment! It looks like Etsy and eBay both have great selections to choose from! Here’s are some ideas to get you started:
- Fold over the top and sew or use stitch witchery to make a great pair of quickie curtains.
- You could cut it into lengths and either finish the edges with a serger or a rolled hem, like in this handkerchief tutorial, and make a few beautiful lightweight scarves.
- The intricate embroidery would make perfect fabric for a pillow or even a cover for a bigger cushion.
- Use any leftover scraps to make appliques or pretty contrasting patches for mending a pair of worn out jeans.
- Is it wrong that pretty much every pretty print fabric looks like it’s begging to become a skirt?
What are some other craft projects you can do with vintage sari fabric?
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Helen Cook.