1912 Titanic Sewing Project: Hat Embellishments – Carnations, Leaf/Rosebud, and Wired Ribbon


My model, Marilyn, was very happy to pose for this photo with the 1912 Titanic hat.

This hat is now available for sale on E-bay:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/120950249442?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Today I’m going to teach you how to make the embellishments on the hat.

Choose a soft fabric for the carnations.  Cut out a six-inch circle of the fabric (it doesn’t have to be perfect).

Cut a piece of muslin the same size as the outer fabric.

Stack the fabric and sew a meandering running stitch,  spacing the stitching about a pinkie finger width apart.  This type stitching is called stippling.

Draw the threads gently as you sew, gathering it to form the petals of the carnation.

Turn under the edge under as you stitch and continue to pull the fabric inward.

The final product doesn’t have to be perfectly round.  You can pull in the edges later as you stuff the flower.

Stich the edge of the flower over the seam of the hat.  Bring the sides in to make a puffed center.  Push a little stuffing into the pocket and continue stitching around the flower until it is completely secure.

For the leaf, cut a six-inch square fabric.

Fold the fabric diagonally.

Fold the two edges together toward the center.  Sew a running stitch in a curve along the raw edges of the leaf shape.

Draw the fabric up to make a leaf,

then stitch the leaf to the hat in a location that looks attractive.  Trim any loose threads, if necessary.  This leaf design can also be used as a rosebud if a colored fabric is used.

Continue to add flowers and leaves until the entire hat seam is concealed.

To make a wired ribbon: determine the size of the ribbon and cut out the fabric. Form wire to the desired shape.

Fold the fabric over the wire and baste the edge in place.  With a zipper foot, machine stitch close to the wire, taking care not to stich into the wire.

Trim the fabric near the stitching.  Using a foot with a channel in the bottom (like a buttonhole foot or a pintuck foot), zigzag over the wire, being very careful not to sew into the wire.  If you want to use a traditional method, blanket stitch or buttonhole stitch over the wire to secure the fabric.

Twist the ribbon into a desireable shape and stitch it to the hat.

The Final Product:

This item will be available for purchase at www.sewandso.etsy.com (as soon as I post it!)


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