Posts Tagged ‘vintage linens’

Knitting Pattern Binder

One of my goals for this year was to get more organized, to have a place for everything and have everything in it’s place. Up to now my knitting patterns have been kept in several places, a folder on the shelf, a stack on the end table by the chair. When my mom surprised me with this binder, I knew exactly what I would use it for. She had the binder cover made with one of my Great Grandmother’s tablecloths and I absolutely adore it. It is perfect for storing my patterns all in one place, a front pocket for colourbooks and yarncards, even a little slot for a pencil or pen.Now all of my patterns are tucked away in this beautiful binder and it only take me a couple of seconds to find what I am looking for. Next, I need to go through my sewing patterns and figure out which ones I want to keep and find a great way to store them as well. This is what I really love, a beautiful, yet functional item that makes me smile every time I use it, thanks Mom! Have a great weekend everybody!

family, gifts, home, knitting, sewing • Saturday, February 19th, 2011 • 7 Comments »

Making My Own Bias Tape

bias tapeI’m in the middle of working on a big project, well not really big but when you add in lots of distractions small things suddenly become big. Anyway, there is something I just love about bias tape that is homemade out of fun fabrics. I think it makes a world of difference when compared to the plain store bought variety. I had fun making this yesterday afternoon when I had a few quiet moments while the baby slept and the bigger kids read quietly in their beds. I’m hoping to finish this project soon and show you all on Saturday.

sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 1st, 2009 • 6 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 3

cloth totesOne of my favourite ways to repurpose vintage linens is to make cloth totes out of them. They make great gifts and they are inexpensive and quick to make. They are so useful, and I just love seeing different vintage fabrics instead of boring (and bad) plastic bags. These totes are lightweight yet sturdy, and can easily be folded up to throw in a purse or diaper bag. I have totes like these all over, several in the house and a bag full in the car. The kids love carrying their own little versions at the farmer’s market. This is a great quick project, especially if you are just learning to sew. They are great to sew up assembly line style if you want or need quite a few. There are free patterns online, or simple patterns in several craft books as well. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs, Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects and Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures all have simple, cute tote bag patterns or instructions. These three bags are available in my shop. Switching to cloth bags is not only great for the environment, it is so much fun using and seeing colourful and fun fabrics. Do try one yourself. Have a great day!

sewing, thrift store finds • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 2

repurposed robeThis is another project that started with a vintage sheet. I needed a lighter weight bathrobe and I loved this sheet but unfortunately it did not have it’s matching set. What better thing to do than repurpose it and turn it into something I could use and love, much better than having a lonely bedsheet. The pattern came from Amy Butler’s In Stitches. This was the first project that I sewed from this book, and I found it to be quite manageable. I did lengthen it a touch and I also doubled the width of the belt which I think is now perfect. I also really love the wide legged pajama pants pattern in the book, but I haven’t gotten to that yet. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I really do love repurposing fabric, buttons etc. into something that I can really use and love. It may sound cheesy, but it’s almost magical how you can take a flat sheet and turn it into something really useful. It’s even better that it is a vintage sheet that I love, and now can enjoy every day as a completely different item. Next time you find some vintage linens that you love, try to think of all the possibilities, there are hundreds.

sewing • Monday, September 21st, 2009 • 4 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 1

shower curtain I love repurposing things, especially vintage linens. I have found some really cute ones at thrift stores and I have several from my grandparents and great grandparents. Recently I was tired of looking at the shower curtain in our master bathroom, so I decided to repurpose a vintage sheet that I had picked up and turn it into a shower curtain that would make me smile. In order to turn it from a sheet into a shower curtain, all I did was measure for the proper length and then cut it off and hem it. Next, I added buttonholes to be able to hook it onto the shower curtain hooks. All in all it took me about a half an hour to make, and what a difference it made in the bathroom. I just love this print, it is so bright and cheery, and $2 for the sheet and a half an hour of time is my idea of a makeover.

sewing, thrift store finds • Friday, September 18th, 2009 • 2 Comments »