Archive for October 2010

Oct 28 2010

Bring Autumn Colors into Your Home

Home Decor / uses for sarongs - 7 years ago -

I love this time of year. The first rains bring that wonderful smell and the leaves are gold and brown, the gardens are still full of veggies to harvest. I even love when the rain makes the leaves all soggy like raisin bran left too long in the milk. What can I say, I’m an Autumn girl.

I am plotting to bring some autumn colors into my house without blowing my holiday budget before November even starts.

My goal is to find some sarongs to cover my tables and to make some good winter curtains because I can’t afford to replace our old windows with double paned units.

The table covers are easy – I’ve narrowed it down to these two sarongs.

Purple & Brown Artisan Batik Sarong in Premium Quality RayonGold & Brown Floral Artisan Batik Sarong in Premium Quality Rayon

The winter curtains are harder. I always like to reuse materials – saving money and loving the earth. I have several yards of lavender flannel that I bought a few years ago. But purple is not exactly an autumn or winter color… So, I will use it as a lining, sandwiched between two sarongs. I will just cut the flannel piece slightly smaller than the sarong and top-stitch it. Then I will fold over and sew one end to slip the curtain rod through. Easy peasy!

Hopefully this will bring autumn colors into my home while keeping out the crisp autumn air!

Oct 19 2010

How to make a lungi from a sarong

Crafts / uses for sarongs - 7 years ago -

The traditional lungi, or Indian sarong, is a tube of fabric that one puts on like a skirt and knots and wraps it in such a way that drapes comfortably and stays on without elastic, clips, pins or buttons. They are most commonly worn by men, but women sport them too!

If you’ve ever worn a lungi around the house, you know how comfortable it is!

It is really easy to turn an extra long sarong into a lungi with only one seam and without cutting your fabric at all. Here’s how to make a lungi out of a sarong.

Start with a plus size sarong, or a piece of fabric measuring approximately 45″ by 76″. For plus size individuals increase the length to 80″ or more. If you are using a raw piece of fabric instead of a sarong, be sure to finish the edges so they don’t unravel in the wash.

Fold the sarong in half so the fringed ends meet and pin the ends together to keep them from shifting when you sew.

Sew it with a machine or by hand, tying knots or back-stitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Sew the seam about a half inch from the end of the fabric.

Snip off any loose threads. Voila, you are ready to wear your lungi!

Here are some good instructions on how to wear the lungi.


Oct 14 2010

Fun sarong craft projects for the one hour crafter

uses for sarongs - 7 years ago -

A sarong is a brilliant blank canvas. I was given a set of fabric markers and they sat in my sewing basket for ages. But whip out a white sarong and I’ve got myself a project that I can do in an hour or two, perfect for the weekend or evening crafter like me.

It got me thinking – what can I make with a sarong and a little paint? Here are a couple of ideas.

All projects begin with a white sarong or another solid color sarong. Fabric pens, paints and dyes are available in good craft stores. Happy crafting!

Great source for solid white and solid color sarongs

Great source for solid white and solid color sarongs

1. Make a flag for the front porch. Improve on those kitchy little flags people hang from their eves… It could feature a big Easter egg. Or a jack o lantern. How about an earth with a peace sign?

2. Make a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary banner that can be hung year after year.

3. Stamp it up! Take apples or potatoes and carve designs into them. Then dip into the fabric paint and make a repeating design. You may just want to wear this one!

How to do Apple Printing by

How to do Apple Printing by

4. Pre-paint an art cloth for draping over the kitchen table when your little one gets out the finger paints or play dough. Their mess washes out and the design doesn’t. Even better – let them decorate it with the fabric paint first (supervise kids carefully with permanent pigments!)

5. Decorate a beautiful Christmas Tree skirt, with painted holly or snowflakes, maybe even a little glitter! This is way easier to wash than those plastic felt things… And more interesting.

Tie Dye Sarongs for inspiration

6. Tie dye! For those with liquid dyes, rubber bands and love of a good mess, this is a fun project! Here are some inspiration for tie dyed sarongs.

Happy crafting!