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Pattern Play

Posted by Bjorn Nasett on Jan 31, 2018 2:59:27 PM
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Pattern ProjectI love to do projects that relate to fashion. So, when I was at my local Goodwill recently, I bought some sewing patterns and had an idea to use them in a creative way to transform some Styrofoam mannequin heads that are used to display hats from a boutique where I work part time.  

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it, so I figured I could do the same with the paper from the pattern itself. This technique can be used to decorate and embellish all kinds of things, but I liked the idea of seeing the words and directions for the pattern pieces on the mannequin to reinforce the fashion theme.

What you’ll need are a few sewing patterns from Goodwill, some Mod Podge, which is a craft item made expressly for doing decoupage, and some disposable chip brushes from the hardware store. You will also need some scissors for cutting the pattern into pieces.

If you are super crafty, you can make your own Mod Podge by following the link https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Mod-Podge .

Just start by applying some of the glue to the foam head, then applying the paper pieces, sealing and smoothing them as you go. There is no right or wrong ways to do this!

Let your masterpiece dry overnight, and you’ll be able to display your fancy hats, head bands and other accessories in a cool new way! Have fun, and don’t forget to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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