Create Something Beautiful for an Emerging Butterfly

Wet Wings Butterflies Hat

Create Something Beautiful with Your Heart & Soul

When Mom was ill, she enjoyed wearing these soft, comfortable head wraps around the house. As I was finishing a blouse with my new Emerging Wings matte jersey, my son told me of a family member with cancer. There was enough left over from my top to make a cap for her.

It’s actually how I realized Mom was still present. As I sewed I could feel her piercing every fiber of my being as the needle stitched through these soft, stretchy layers of fabric. “Of course butterflies signify metamorphosis, renewal and rebirth! Oh Mom ~ I hear you!”

Wet wing butterflies have just emerged from their cocoons. Blinded by the light, they pause to fan their wings for a moment. They are off to help us find joy in life and Light in every day.

This is how I came to know that this collection of Emerging Wings Fabrics would be unveiled on her 88th birthday September 5 for Breast Cancer Awareness ~ and that I would create the Pauline B. Fagan Vitality Program in her honor.

 Emerging Wings Fabric Collection

I challenge you to create something beautiful with one or more of these coordinated mix & match fabrics. There are cottons and silky for blouses and dresses or chiffon to create a scarves or a canopy for your grand daughter’s bed, or a fairy princess dress. Add some shimmering iridescent fabric paint and voila ~ you’ll be the grandma with glitter!

Create Something Beautiful for an Emerging Butterfly

There is minky to create a no-sew baby blanket or cheater quilt. Or cotton sateen to make pillows and a bedspread. There is even eco canvas to make a durable kid-proof floor pillow, duffle bag, or laundry hamper. Here are a few more ideas with white glove sewing service!

I have 4 grand daughters and 4 daughters-in-law ~ and they’re all getting wings for Christmas!

I know you have an emerging butterfly in your family. Don’t miss this chance to create some magic for her!


 

I made two turban scarves for my friend who has cancer. The pattern is really easy. I made a couple for her in less than an hour.

Wet Wings Butterflies Hat

You’ll need a bit less to a bit more than 5/8 yard per turban, depending on the size. Cut one each of the three pieces (turban, band, and tab) according to the chart. Note that all sizes use the same size tab. You must use stretch knit fabric and cut the pieces using the crosswise grain. You can use a sewing machine zigzag stitch but serging is simplest and quickest. The seam allowance is approximately 1/2″.

Cut Size Turban Band Tab
Small 20 1/2” x 8” 20 1/2” x 5” 5” x 4”
Medium 22” x 9” 22” x 5” 5” x 4”
Large 24” x 10” 24” x 5” 5” x 4”

Cutting

crosswise stretch of knit fabric
  1. Fold the band in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Serge it to one of the long sides of the turban piece, right side together.

2. Fold the banded turban piece in half crosswise, right sides together. Serge, beginning at the banded edge, rounding off the back corner point, and stopping 1″ before reaching the front folded edge. The tab will be inserted through this opening later. Secure thread tails and turn the turban right sides out.

  1. Perpendicular to the back seam allowance fold up and pin three tucks approximately 3/4″ deep. Stitch in the ditch of the seam allowance to secure these tucks. (If the fabric is too thick to stitch on your machine, hand-sew along the seam using a large needle and upholstery or quilting thread.)
  1. Fold the tab in half lengthwise, right sides together and serge the seam. Turn the tab right sides out and rotate it so that the seam is centered on the underside. Slip the tab through the opening in the turban seam. Fold up and stack tucks along the front seam from the lower band edge to the opening. (These tucks are similar to those at the back except they’re stacked and not secured with stitching in the ditch.) Wrap the tab around the tucks and sew the tab ends by machine, right sides together. Rotate the tab seam allowance underneath the turban and tack it by machine to the center front seam allowance. This connection will prevent any see-through gap between the tab and the turban.
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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Through the quirky way she interprets dreams, art, and day-to-day stuff ~ Dorothy's dream of painting the lavender fields of Provence became real. Her book about painting in France, Discovering Joy's Garden, transformed into this inspirational website.