I came up with something simple, but so exciting the other day. It all started with kale. We eat a lot of kale. Our farm share was over for the season, but our co-op sells it bundled with a twist tie: a super-duper long twist tie. I saved them... such nice delicate twisty wire must be put to good use. A piece of linen selvedge was approximately the same length and sitting on my cutting table. It seemed only natural to put them together. It had potential, but it was narrow and my sewing machine didn't like going over the wire here and there where it bent, so the stitches were wonky. Next, I tried a strip of one inch fabric.
Fabric Bendy Strips
- 15 inches of thin wire or a recycled long twist tie with the paper removed
- 1 inch wide scrap of fabric that is several inches longer than wire or eyelet trim with a channel at the top
- Fold over 1/4 of an inch of fabric lengthwise down the strip and press with an iron.
- Insert wire into crease and stitch it into place being careful not to touch the wire.
- Alternately, if your wire is thicker, you can try sewing the channel first and then insert your wire after.
- Scrunch/gather fabric and then close both sides of the channel with a few stitches to keep the wire from slipping out.
- flowers for spring/Easter baskets
- blossoms for hairpins
- wedding/prom corsages or bracelets
- gift toppers
- wine glass identifiers
- gift bag cinchers