I went out to our storage shed a few weeks ago in search of some tablecloths I had lost. I found them and a whole tub of linens I had forgotten about. In it were some of my vintage table clothes and napkins. As I looked at each piece I came to the conclusion that some of my favorite vintage pieces were looking a little too “loved” to grace the table anymore. Even though they were looking worn I couldn’t bring myself to toss them out.
I stacked them in the sewing room and started thinking of a way to give these lovelies a second life. Recycling (or “upcycling” as it is called these days) vintage textiles is a huge trend right now. Although I admit I get a little peeved when I see people charging outrageous prices for upcycled items because I think it goes against the heart and soul of reuse, which is frugality. Yeah I said it. I used the “f” word… frugal!!
This is a pair of thrift store boys overalls, my mom sent Eliza home in the last time she watched her. A few years ago my mom and I were shopping in a small children’s boutique, and saw some lovely girl’s jumpers and dresses made out of antique table clothes, and hankies. I decided to use one of my square tablecloths, along with the overalls, to make a summer dress for Eliza.
I took out my old friend Mr. Seam Ripper, and went to work removing the pants from the bibs.
I took the two panels and sewed them right sides together, up each side. I zig-zagged the top edge and did a gathering stitch all along the top as well. I gathered it up until the skirt fit inside the bibs. I pinned the skirt to the inside of the bibs and stitched it straight to the jean bibs.
The second piece is a beautiful, large rectangle, yellow and green tablecloth. It was looking very worn. The edges where frayed, there were small stains, even a few holes here and there. I wasn’t about to give up on it though. I decided to make a simple tote. I used a variety of bead, buttons, appliques to hide the worn spots.
I have a small stash of old t-shirts and onesies that I have saved. I use them to add little touches to my sewing projects. I cut out petals, embroidered them to the cloth and put glass buttons in the centers of the flowers.
I know this might look so tedious to some of you, but I cannot tell you how much fun I had making this bag. I love being able to do detail work. The pattern is a reusable grocery bag that I purchased from this etsy shop. I got such a kick out of making it, I went a little crazy and made them for almost everyone I know.
I had enough fabric leftover to make a small lavender sachet.
I have plans to make a pincushion and cosmetic bag out some napkins and towels I found. I had hoped to have them finished for this post but I ran out of time.
The other recycling trend that I am loving right now is vintage sheets. Circa 1970 sheets are the most popular. Lots of women are staking out thrift stores and raiding their mother’s linen closets looking for these vintage sheets.
(photo courtesy of weloveindie)
Lots of beautiful quilts being made out of sheets.
(image courtesy of diaryofaquilter)
I found this fun store on Etsy that features items made out of vintage bedsheets~ The Modern Marigold
I think I’m going to have to get my hands on some old sheets
Happy Wednesday! Thanks for stopping in~ April