Friday, June 29, 2012

4th of July Sashes with Cockades:

Our local neighborhood has a old-timey 4th of July parade.  A mixed bag of costumers is getting together to walk in various costumes.  We have watched the parade in the past but not participated, this year we are walking.  To add to the "Rose, White, and Blue" theme (as this is the Rosegarden District) I am making sashes with cockades.  These are made of cotton quilting fabrics that are seasonal and a left over fabric stash fabric.

The brilliant thing about this is that I have discovered an excellent tool -- my orthopedic back roll, you know, the three foot or so long Styrofoam roll that you stretch your back over.  Turns out it is great for making cockades and it is tall so you can sit with it between your legs on a stool and not have to slouch or kick back on the couch and have a good work surface at an it!

Unfortunately my petticoat showed.....


  1. What a great idea! Ergonomics are so important in working -- and it's easy to overlook them in one's enthusiasm for the current project.

  2. And a brilliant use of quilting fabric. Was going to ask where you found the ribbon!

  3. It was a easy solution after I couldn't find ribbon that I liked. I found that if I steamed the fabric first it was easier to work with. I didn't hem it either, the pleats kept the folded portion in place -- this was something I learned from some Victorian pieces that I own - I was surprised to see that the underside of the pleated trim was not hemmed on the antique garments, but it worked so who was I to argue the