I have this bandana from my teenage years. It went camping and hiking with me, and I’ve worn it in and over my hair in many different situations over the years. I’ve worn it do death, you could say.
I’ve been wearing it with its ever increasing hole for several years now. When I washed it recently I had to admit to myself that just maybe it was time to retire it. The very large hole in the CENTER of it might not actually cover my hair anymore.
At the same time I’ve been purging the space in which I work and sew in our home and a fabric I bought for myself awhile ago surfaced. I had planned to make myself some sort of fabulous skirt or dress with the fabric, but it didn’t materialize for whatever reason. It was folded up and put away and mostly forgotten about. Seeing the fabric along with my shredded bandana made me think that it was about time to either use the fabric or lose it again to the darkness of the closet. I thought that having it in the form of a bandana where I could see it and use it was better than the mythical garment in my head that wasn’t likely to be made soon.
So I set to work cutting and ironing and stitching the mitered cornered creation, daydreaming about the great fabric I would soon be sporting on my head. And then, dear friends, I tried it on.
In reality, the fabric is probably just too heavy for using it in this way. I tried to reason that with a few washing it would calm down and I could use it. But I’m thinking that won’t *really* be the case. So now I have a very lovely napkin. Let’s hope I have enough fabric left to make a set! If not, well then, I’ll have a lovely solitary napkin to keep in my desk during the semester. It will be a little reminder to create even when grading and prep work pile high.