Fake It ‘Til You Make… Grain Sack Sachets

Fake It ‘Til You Make… Grain Sack Sachets

Vintage French grain sacks are SO desirable…and therefore pricey if you’re lucky enough to even find one. But that quintessential look- either the offset stripes in red & blue, or faded print/text- can be replicated with some crafty ingenuity. So, I headed out to the thrift store with a defined agenda- find something in the linens section that could pass as linen/burlap/grain sack material.Read more ›

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Any time I’m in a secondhand shop, I always peruse the linens section- and not just for vintage bed sheets, I swear! Every now and then, I’ll happen across some vintage embroidery- perhaps a table runner, or napkins…or some other piece that is too precious to pass up.

Vintage linens for repurposing / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage pretties, on the cheap.

But many of those thrifted embroidered treasures have not aged well…be it stains or holes.

Vintage linens for repurposing / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and that’s why they donated it to Goodwill.

Even with those flaws, though, I still feel compelled to purchase them even if they simply get stowed away in a plastic bin for who-knows-how-long. Because, really, what am I going to do with something moth-eaten and threadbare?Read more ›

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Ok. So here’s the thing.

I keep buying more and more pretty bed linens from the thrift store. I can’t resist them! But they are slowly taking up my garage…so I needed to develop another project for them, so here we are. Hopefully you won’t mind- and the sewing isn’t complicated, I promise!Read more ›

The DIY Garden Gatherer: A Sling for Blooms

The DIY Garden Gatherer: A Sling for Blooms

Spring fever has definitely hit our house- every weekend, we’re working in the yard and getting our garden beds prepped for a summer of homegrown veggies and fruits. Flowering trees are losing their blossoms as tender green leaves push their way forward- watching the ebb and flow of seasons is truly magnificent.

And now that I’ve recapped last year’s Yard & Garden upcycling projects, I can focus on outdoor projects for Spring 2015!Read more ›

Fancified Feed Sack

Fancified Feed Sack

All of my vintage-loving friends have a special affinity for old linens…whether it’s cute embroidered hand towels, pretty crocheted doilies, or colorfully kitsch tablecloths, we always paw through them in shops. The same goes for old grain, feed, and flour sacks- cotton, linen, or burlap, we just seem to love them all.

I have to give credit where credit is due, and Country Living magazine came up with this first. I fell in love with this project the moment I saw it, and I knew it was a craft I needed to attempt. Our dining room needs more wall décor, and an embroidered feed sack (or 2) would be fitting (dining room…feed sack…) and quirky.Read more ›