1700s Hip Pads: Creating a Historical Silhouette from a Pillowcase


These bean-shaped hip pads of upcycled white cotton from an old pillowcase (I have too many hand-me-down pillowcases to use them all) and stuffed with cotton batting scraps are attached to a tape to tie around the waist. These are the second thing I’ve made for my use-up fabric stash 2019 project. I made 3 pairs of these hip pads.

I feel that these are a better option than panniers of metal and cord for my costume wardrobe, as they store easier and they seem more practical, like clothing the common woman would wear. I personally am more interested in regular people historical clothes than the super fancy garb of royalty, though those garments are lovely, too, of course.

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A Succesful Winter Willow Experiment


Last fall, I trimmed a weeping willow tree. There weren’t quite enough sticks to make wreaths, so I stuck some of them into the ground to see if they’d sprout roots, as I’ve read this is a way to propagate/clone trees. While the other types of branches I tried this on failed, the willow was successful. Here are my tiny new willow trees!


About My 2018 Use Up My Fabric Stash Projects

Sewing, Updates

In 2018, I was given quite a few tablecloths and bedlinens to re-use, however, they didn’t really suit my needs as-is. (Wrong size sheets and I don’t really use tablecloths.) Rather than waste the fabrics (they all had mild stains that made them un-donatable. Nobody wants a stained item from a thrift store), I decided to re-use them…eventually.

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