Oh Say Cane You See: Oversized Cross Stitch American Flag

Oh Say Cane You See: Oversized Cross Stitch American Flag

This, my friends, is an absolute first for me- truly a case of trash to treasure…

There we were…just getting started on a Saturday road trip- the sun was rising, the dew was fresh, and we were in search of treasures and fun and adventure.

As we merged onto a blissfully open road, we spied a pile of rubble to the side of the on-ramp. Literally- right there in the curving shoulder next to I-385.

Broken furniture and cane table on the side of the highway / www.sadieseasongoods.com

At best guess, someone had taken the ramp too quickly…or had to brake/accelerate unexpectedly, and some of their furniture must have toppled out the back. Rain had soaked the upholstered piece, but all I could look at was the cane table- and the fact that despite broken legs and a missing top, the cane was in perfect condition. So, like good citizens, we loaded up the road litter! Well, some of it, at least. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Broken cane table on side of highway / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just another day in the life of Sadie…

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The next day, I dismantled the framed cane from the rest of the broken table. But I quickly realized that the tightness of the cane was warping the frame- albeit, hard to see in the photo.

Salvaging framed cane from broken table for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Still can’t believe the cane survived…

But trust me, it needed to be stabilized. So, we screwed in mending plates at each joint which fixed it perfectly!

Stabilizing framed cane from broken table for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There- much better!

I knew from the start (even standing on the side of the highway) I was going to turn it into an oversized cross-stitch…though the design was a big question mark. But with Memorial Day and July 4th on my mind, AND the rectangular shape staring back at me, an idea began to form.

First, I needed to clean it up and then paint it chalky white– hurray for Rust-oleum!

Painting framed cane from broken table for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A well-deserved makeover…

After the paint dried, I distressed it along the edges to give it some contrast and buffed it down with wax.

Broken cane table painted for repurposing with oversized cross stitch by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The perfect oversized cross stitch canvas…

Then came the scary part- designing my own cross stitch pattern. The last time I did oversized cross stitch, I teamed up with Flamingo Toes! But this time, I was going at it solo and channeled my inner Bev.

Designing cross stitch pattern for American flag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Success!

I already had red and blue yarn, so I went to town on my cane table piece, bringing my flag design to life. (And I always use a little painter’s tape on the end of my yarn when doing cross-stitch like this). First, I worked on the red stripes…

Oversized cross stitch American Flag on repurposed vintage cane table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do this!

Oversized cross stitch American Flag on repurposed vintage cane table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good, eh?

Oversized cross stitch American Flag on repurposed vintage cane table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Up close and personal…

And then, I added the blue! Ta-da, an oversized cross stitch flag was born!

Oversized cross stitch American Flag on repurposed vintage cane table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A project worth saluting.

Just as I had hope, the white background works perfectly as the white strips and stars of the American flag- whew! It’s even lovelier in person and a nice, impressive size- where to put it? Maybe a red, white, and blue mantel is in order for the summer…

Hard to believe it came from roadside rubble! I think I’ll enjoy re-telling the tale of this piece again and again.

Before and after broken vintage cane table on side of interstate repurposed as oversized cross stich American Flag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Quite the before and after, eh?

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Oversized cross stitch American Flag on repurposed vintage cane table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Margaret Fretwell says:

    What a fabulous idea!

  2. pamela y creadick says:

    Ok that is really creative and thinking outside the box!

  3. What a great idea! It would have taken me forever to figure out what to do with it, but you did great with it! Where you gonna put it?

  4. Love this idea and a perfect repurpose of a roadside find!

  5. Awesome!

  6. How fun! I haven’t done cross-stitch in decades, let alone on a piece of roadside “treasure”! Visiting from Vintage Charm.

  7. flamingotoes says:

    Oh Sarah I love it!! It is so darling and what a fun way to give that old table new life. Yay for saving furniture!! 🙂 Now I need to hunt up an old table or something – doing a cross-stitch flag is genius!!

  8. So clever, and fortunate that it has just the right number of rows!

  9. I love it! I’ve been wanting to try over sized cross stitch too, I’m on the hunt for a cane piece to use!

    Tania

  10. Very, very nice. I love how you recreated the old table and make a piece of artwork. And you are so right a flag is just right for this time of year.

  11. Awesome job! I love what you created from what most would toss away.

  12. What a creative and adorable repurpose for this piece!

  13. Cute idea Sarah! You amaze me every week 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.

  14. Omgosh, this is so adorable! I can’t believe you saw this on the road and came up with such an amazing project. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

  15. That is such a wonderfully creative idea, I wish I had your brain power. I wouldn’t thought of that! lol Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party, love seeing your posts!

  16. I wouldn’t have seen this coming! How clever! Thanks for sharing with us at the Throwback Thursday Link party!

    Mollie

  17. Very creative! I am so amazed of your continued creativity! I will try to see more possibilities in those roadside finds in the future. I have pinned this one to my Fourth of July board. Thank you so much for sharing over at the Celebrate Your Story! link party.

  18. Sarah, this is such a cool repurpose!! How nice that you were able to salvage part of the chair! It looks great as a flag!

  19. sherrygcole says:

    This is such a creative idea! I love it!

  20. mandm23 says:

    I CAN ONLY SAY THAT I AM SO PROUD OF YOUR INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND FOLKS LIKE YOU!!

  21. Thank you for being a good citizen and rescuing that table!

  22. This is awesome. Great job.

  23. Wow – what a great idea!! I always see those chair bottoms thrown, and now I can make them into something amazing!! Love it!!

  24. I just ADORE this…trash to treasure are my favs!! I’ve chosen your post as one of this week’s Friday Favorites, swing by and say hi!! http://leroylime.blogspot.com/2016/05/friday-favorites-week-322-4th-of-july.html

  25. Awesome! I totally love it, fun cane chair.
    I pinned it. Thanks for sharing.

    FABBY

  26. It’s like this was just waiting for you to transform it 🙂 And what a perfect decoration for Memorial Day & July 4th.

  27. This is incredible! You did a fabulous job of bringing that roadside rubble to life. Thanks for linking your project up with us at the Creative Circle <3

  28. Oh gosh…what a cute idea! 🙂 Love it!

    I’d love for you to share it with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  29. So beautiful! Just in time for Memorial day too!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM EST.

    liz @ j for joiner

  30. This is so awesome & such a creative cross stitch project! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark last week; your project was our most-clicked! Hope you’ll come by this week and link up again 🙂

  31. Had to pin this!! You come up with some of the best ideas! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  32. This is a cool project, love the way it turned out. Thanks for joining the Family Joy link party!

  33. That is so creative. Thanks for sharing at http://www.fabifabu.com/2017/06/11/inspiration-galore-party-37/

  34. And you even sketched it out, my shero!!! I thought of you yesterday while at the thrift store. I picked up an old wooden bread box. It was $4 and in very good shape. I kept thinking, “what would Sarah do with this?” I’m kicking myself now because I put it back. I knew I wouldn’t repaint it nor do I have room to store it. Darn it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Sandra!! I bought an old bread box, too, but I’ll be giving it to my mother-in-law for their cabin. LOL- it’s fun to thrift & junk knowing you can fulfill your treasure-hunting desires and hand off to other people, LOL!

  35. Most original idea I’ve seen in blog land in a long time. Adorable

  36. Great project… such a good idea and it looks wonderful! 🙂

  37. Wow- that is really thinking outside the box- brilliant!

  38. A very clever repurpose!! Love it!!

  39. How cool! I would have never thought about using cane as an oversized cross stitch grid.

  40. WOW! Just goes to show you’re only limited by your imagination! Super work!!!

  41. What a cute idea, I am not quite that cutesy, but it would look good painted a color to match your decor, finish off the back and use it as a centerpiece for a table or even put it on a patio table, maybe a lazy susan put on the back for turntable condiments

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      So many potential ideas, right?? Thankfully, there are lots of cutesy people out there as my flag sold within minutes of my post going live! 🙂

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